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Institutional Introduction of the


Philippine Normal University was then Philippine Normal School, the first institution of higher
learning established during the American occupation in the Philippines which formally opened
on the 1st day of September, 1901.
On June 18, 1949, Philippine Normal School was transformed into Philippine Normal College by
virtue of R.A. 416 which authorized the granting of undergraduate and graduate degrees in
It was on January 12, 1992 when Philippine Normal College was officially granted University
status. Subsequently thereafter, or on the 30 th of June, 2009, Philippine Normal University was
designated as the National Center for Teacher Education by virtue of R.A. 9647 in recognition of
its continued leadership in teacher education.
PNU has a total of five (5) campuses nationwide, with Manila as its Main Campus. The other
four (4) include: PNU North Luzon in Alicia, Isabela, the Indigenous Peoples Education Hub,
PNU South Luzon in Lopez, Quezon, the Technology and Livelihood Education Hub, PNU
Visayas in Cadiz, Negros Occidental, the Environment and Green Technology Education Hub,
and PNU Mindanao in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, the Multicultural Education Hub.
PNU, as the premiere teacher education institution, in its aim to continuously provide quality
and innovative learning to future teachers, has forged partnerships with different international
institutions in the ASEAN Region over the years. The Association of Southeast Asian Teacher
Education Network (AsTEN), formed in 2014 and a think-tank for teacher education in the
ASEAN, has initiated collaborative researches and projects among its members with PNU as its
Lead Shepherd.
Similarly, PNU is also a member and the Lead Shepherd of the National Network of Normal
Schools (3NS) which was created to promote cooperation among its members nationwide to
develop, coordinate, collaborate, and sustain national programs for high quality teacher
education through innovative alternative schemes.
This 2016, in an earnest effort to expand the AsTEN through the creation of local networks in
each member country to strengthen the network and broaden the participation of local Teacher
Education Institutions (TEIs), PNU initiated the move to establish the Philippine Teacher
Education Network (PhilTEN) as a venue for discussion of the TEIs initiative toward
collaboration which focuses on the issues and challenges in constructing a shared regional
ASEAN identity.
PNU is dedicated to developing teachers and educational leaders as valued contributors in the
social transformation of the Filipino for a better world.