June 7, 2023

Benguet State University was rated a three-star institution by the QS Intelligence Unit.

The QS Stars is an opt-in rating system for higher education institutions evaluating them against a range of performance indicators across several categories.

The criteria in which BSU was rated on include teaching, employability, internationalization, academic development, facilities, online learning, subject ranking, program strength, social responsibility and inclusiveness.

“The QS Stars will allow the university to highlight its strengths and the different areas of excellence. Aside from the strengths, it is going to allow us to identify our weaknesses and after that identify the gaps and then be able to improve. Since this is international, it is also a way of promoting our academic programs and our researches,” said Dr. Marie Aurea Sandoval, director of BSU’s Office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation Office.

BSU was rated five stars in the teaching criteria, five stars in employability, two stars in internationalization, four stars in academic development, four stars in facilities, four stars in program strength, four stars in social responsibility, and five stars in inclusiveness.   

BSU is the first in the Cordillera to gain QS Stars rating. BSU was one of the 14 state colleges and universities in the country identified by the Commission on Higher Education to become part of the Fostering World-Class Universities in the Philippines Program.

As part of the Fostering World-Class Universities in the Philippines Program, BSU applied for the QS Stars rating. BSU paid more than P5 million for the QS Stars audit but because it was able to attain three stars, CHED reimbursed the payment, Sandoval said.

The rating is valid from Sept. 28, 2020 to Sept. 28, 2023. – Press release