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CHAPTER I
THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND
Introduction
National University was founded on August 1, 1900 by Don Mariano Fortunato
Jhocson and was previously known as Colegio Filipino, the first private non- sectarian school in the country. It stood as one of the respected institution for engineering, architecture, education, and business.
In 1998, National University met a great ordeal, a great fire burned the original main building to ashes, crippling one of the pioneer universities in Manila.
Nevertheless, National U proved its commitment by continuing to strive for quality education. In late 2008, majority of its share was acquired by the SM Group of Companies, paving way to the erection of a new Main Building. Along with the joint venture were new improvements in facilities and a better perspective as a higher education institution. 2
Currently, National U has eleven colleges, a basic education department, and a graduate studies department. This Legarda-based institution annually serves more than one thousand and three hundred tertiary students, new and old, and more than five hundred elementary and high school students. The campus is currently composed of three buildings, the New Main Building, the Jhocson Memorial
Building (JMB) and the Pharmacy-Dentistry Building (PDB) better known as the
Allied Health Building.
With the start of a new dawn for the National University, the institution started to aim for more improvements, with the current institutional plan to reacquire the prestige of what National University was before the great fire. Paving the way to the one hundred tenth year anniversary on August 2010, the university aspires to
achieve…...

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