The good news continue to roll for Adamson as enrolment for the first semester of SY 2010-2011 has slightly increased. While the percentage is modest by standards, it reflects a trend that bodes well for the University’s wish to have more students. The University Registrar’s office has seen rising statistics since 2008 as far as enrolment figures are concerned.
For this sem, enrolment is up by 1.4% or 16,150 students as against last year’s first semester that registered 15,926 enrollees. And still a year back, the figure stood at 15,236.
Engineering has the biggest number of enrollees with 5,202, followed by the College of Science which boasts of 4,021 students. Third highest is the College of Business Administration which has 3,397. In terms of year level, first year students-- 5,111-strong--form the bulk of the student population.
For an institution that relies heavily on tuition income for its survival, the continuing trend in enrolment increase is a welcome development. There are however other important signals that this sends. For one, it means that more and more students recognize and want to avail of the quality of education that is above average standards which AdU offers. Two, the school is getting to realize its vision of giving education especially to the socially disadvantaged more fully. Surpassed only by the government-subsidized schools when it comes to affordability of tuition fees, it is clear that lower-income families find the perfect low-tuition/quality-education combination they seek right here in Adamson.
While the recruitment officer has been working tooth and nail in attracting high school students to pursue their college education in Adamson, the increase can be attributed to other factors as well. The respective colleges and departments relentlessly conducted their own campaign sorties in different schools. These were done during the summer months. In addition, individual employees made their own recruitment initiatives through relatives and friends or even by just hanging tarpaulin banners announcing the school’s enrolment period in their houses. In short, team effort made all the difference.
Targeted next as a rich source of fresh enrollees are member schools of the Manila Archdiocesan and Parochial Schools Association (MAPSA). Adamson has a one-year Letter of Agreement with the association where the terms and conditions are designed to attract freshmen. Item 3 of the agreement states that “A certificate of 5 percent (5%) discount on tuition fees shall be given to the qualified student should s/he manifest his/her intention to enroll at AdU. Said 5% discount shall be on top of the 5% discount if tuition fees are to be fully paid in cash and likewise, shall be on top of the 5% discount if another sibling is enrolled at AdU.” Item 4 states that “The 5% discount on tuition fees shall be valid and applicable for two (2) school years, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.” With 87 high schools, MAPSA looms as a big partner in getting more students to come to Adamson for their college education.
An increase in the number of foreign students has also been noted. At present, there are 176 of them coming from the US, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, South Korea, Laos, Libya, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Turkey, Vietnam and Yemen. The Chinese are the biggest foreign group, with 63 students, followed by the East Timorese, with 23. By establishing the Office for International Relations, headed by Bro. Henry Escurel, C.M., the University shows its intent on accepting more foreign students and establishing linkages with foreign schools and organizations. RDA