Philippines Republic

Commission on Higher Education (Philippines)

Commission on Higher Education

Established: May 18, 1994
Activated: unknown
Chairperson: Romulo Neri
Budget: unknown
Employees: unknown

The Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines, (Filipino: Komisyon sa Mas Mataas na Edukasyon), abbreviated as CHED, is an agency of the Philippine government under the Department of Education responsible for covering both public and private higher education institutions as well as degree-granting programs in all tertiary educational institutions in the country.


The CHED was established in May 18, 1994 through Republic Act No. 7722 or the Higher Education Act of 1994.

The creation of CHED was part of a broad agenda for reforms in the country's education system, outlined by the Congressional Commission on Education (EDCOM) in 1992. Part of the reforms is the trifocalization of the education sector. The three governing bodies in the education sector are the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for tertiary and graduate education, the Department of Education (DepEd) for basic education, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for technical-vocational and middle level education.


The former chairman of the Commission on Higher Education wass Romulo Neri, formerly Director General of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and Socioeconomic Secretary. Neri was also a former Budget Secretary. Former Chairman Puno was replaced by the President, with Neri appointed to CHED temporarily to conduct a special mission and rehabilitate some of its aspects as part of the projects of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. On July 9, 2008 however, Corazon dela Paz resigned as president and chief executive officer of the Social Security System and the President named Chairman Romulo Neri as head of the SSS. Hence, CDED's post for chairman is now vacant. On August 20, 2008, Manny Angeles was appointed new CHED Chair, replacing Romulo Neri, and will be taking over acting CHED Chair Nona Ricaforte. Angeles was former chancellor of the Angeles University Foundation and president of the Clark Development Corporation. William Merdano was also appointed commissioner of the CHED on August 29, 2008.

Centers of Excellence

Centers of Excellence (COEs) and Centers of Development (CODs) are higher education institutions (HEIs) both public and private which have demonstrated the highest degree or level of standards along the areas of instruction, research and extension. These provide institutional leadership in all aspects of development in specific areas of discipline in the various regions by providing networking arrangements to help ensure the accelerated development of Higher Educational Institutions in their respective service areas.

The following is a list of ten Philippine universities based on number of academic disciplines per university designated as a center of excellence (COE) and a center of development (COD) of a particular discipline. Note that disciplines are disparate among universities, each university having different program or curricular offerings and organizational structures. Some COE or COD status awards are given to either academic departments, or to individual academic degree programs. Some programs are only offered by certain universities and are not offered by others, which may account for the differences in figures.

  1. University of the Philippines, Diliman - 33
  2. De La Salle University-Manila -16
  3. University of the Philippines, Los Baños - 16
  4. University of Santo Tomas - 16
  5. Ateneo de Manila University - 13
  6. Adamson University - 11
  7. MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology - 11
  8. University of San Carlos - 10
  9. Xavier University (Cagayan de Oro) - 10
  10. St. Louis University - 9
  11. Silliman University - 7

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