The University is mandated to provide higher professional, technical training and promote research, advanced studies, and progressive leadership. It has been identified by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as one of the Center for Excellence and Development institutions in the country and one of the Training Centers nationwide for teachers pursuing education in areas beyond their specialization.
The University's Bahay-Saliksikan ng Bulacan (Center for Bulacan Studies) was established on November 24, 1997 by the Samahang Pangkasaysayan ng Bulacan, Inc. (Historical Association of Bulacan, Inc.) with the assistance of Bulacanese scholars including Jose Tantoco and Jaime Veneracio of the University of the Philippines Diliman, to collect, promote, study, and research Bulacan's rich and diverse history, culture, environment, and others that concern the province, that would help enforce and create public policies and programs for either the Province of Bulacan or the Republic of the Philippines. It is funded by the Provincial Government of Bulacan and since 2004, it is listed by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (Commission on the Filipino Language) as a Pambansang Alagad ng Wika (National Authority on the Filipino Language).
Smart-BulSU Wireless Laboratory
To promote and upgrade the quality of engineering education, the University partnered with Smart Communications, Inc. on the Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP), the first industry-academe partnership in the country that seeks to improve the level of technology and engineering education, particularly in the field of Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE). SWEEP was launched on March 28, 2003, with the inauguration of the "first wireless laboratory".
The faculty of the College of Engineering now trains technicians and engineers sent by local industries, visiting faculty, and senior students from different universities in the country. With industrial-type equipments and overseas-trained instructors, the University, through its Mechatronics Engineering - Automation Research and Training (MEE-ART) Center, offers a short-term training courses in basic and advanced pneumatics, industrial automation, mechatronics, electro-pneumatics, and programmable logic control.
Institute of Local Government Administration
The Institute of Local Government Administration is the primary extension agency of BulSU. Instituted in 1995 in partnership with the Local Government Academy of the Department of Interior and Local Government and the provincial government of Bulacan, the Institute actively promotes the knowledge, skills attitudes and values that make for effective, efficient, responsive and service-oriented local governance in the cities and the countryside.
The institute provides Continuing Education, Technology Transfer and Consultancy, Technology Job Information/Placement, Communications Media, Local Government Capability Building Program, Integrated Capability Building Program, Technology of Participation, Building Customer Service Skills, Action Planning Workshop, Public Service Excellence Program, Planning and Budgeting Workshop, Barangay Executive Training, Continuing Cooperative Training, Opinion Poll Survey, Moral Leadership and Peak Performance, Barangay Justice Service System, and Codification of Ordinance.
DOST-BulSU Food Testing Laboratory
The laboratory has been performing different food testing services like microbiological tests, physico-chemical tests, and shelf-life testing.
CHED-DepED Teacher Training Center
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has chosen the BulSU College of Education to be one of the training centers nationwide for teachers who want to be educated in areas beyond their specialization. As one of the 85 training centers all over the country chosen by CHED. Teachers in Central Luzon Region under the Department of Education underwent training for a certificate program.
In November 2007, the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) signed an agreement with Bulacan State University to jointly establish a Confucius Institute. During the signing ceremony, it was confirmed that the Northwest University will be the Chinese partner of the Confucius Institute.
The Confucius Institute will offer various Chinese courses, conduct Chinese cultural activities and hold HSK examinations in the hope of meeting the demands of Filipinos for Chinese and strengthening communication and friendship between the two peoples.
The Chinese Language Council International is composed of members from 12 state ministries and commissions, namely, the General Office of the State Council, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance, the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Culture, the State Administration of Radio Film and Television (China Radio International), the State Press and Publications Administration, the State Council Information Office and the State Language Committee . President of the Council is State Councilor Chen Zhili. Governed by the Council is the Office of Chinese Language Council International, known as "Hanban" for short.
In 2003, BSU Hong Kong Campus in Nathan Road, Yaumatei, Hong Kong was institutionalized by virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement signed between Bulacan State University and Hong Kong Lifelong Education Organization (HKLEO).
The Hong Kong Campus was accredited and recognized by Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Accrediting Agency for Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc., International Association of Universities (IAU) and the Ministry of Education of China.
The University is affiliated with several universities from different countries. The following is a list of its global partners:
The Bulacan State University - Student Government (BulSU-SG) provides a means for student participation in student governance in the University campuses. It assists in the protection of the rights and interests of the individual student and the student body and serves as an official voice through which students may express their opinions on issues affecting their welfare.
The Student Government operates and functions according to its constitution, resolution and ordinances.
The Office of Student Organizations is headed by a faculty member designed as Director for Student Organization who is responsible for the preparation of annual work plan of student organizations, their implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The Director also supervises the activities of student organizations in each college/campus/unit as prepared by the unit coordinator for student organizations.
There are about 112 registered student organizations.
The BulSU Administration provides for optimum opportunities for the growth of campus journalism. The University shall provide opportunities that help develop responsible student publications pursuant to the constitutional mandate of freedom speech and press. All matters pertaining to student publication shall be subject to the laws of the land and the rules and regulations promulgated by the University.
Pacesetter is the official student publication of the university.
In the continuing effort to motivate students toward academic excellence, BulSU grants scholarships free tuition/stipend to qualified and deserving students. The office of Scholarship and Financial Assistance helps undergraduate students reach the goal of graduation by providing financial assistance service. Through this office, the University provides scholarship grants and financial assistance to needy but deserving students.
Types of Scholarship
The types of scholarships and grants are (a) Institutional Scholarship, (b) Private Scholarship, (c) Barangay Scholarship, and (d) Financial Assistance. Any qualified student may only avail of one type of scholarship or assistance in any given semester.
There are 82 Scholarship Providers for students.
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On August 22, 2014, seven students from the University drowned after being carried by a flash flood at a national park in Bulacan while having a field trip. One of the students who survived said that no teachers joined their field trip, instead, they were accompanied by tour guides. Furthermore, the students joined the field trip because one of their instructors would exempt those who would join the field trip in their final exams. Parents and families of the victims planned to sue the University after the tragedy.
This issue has been brought to senate inquiries, attended by then University President Mariano De Jesus.