Founded 1946


The year 1946 was ushered in by dazzling rays of hope for peace, progress, and freedom after the Philippines was devastated by the ravages of World War II. Through his vision and foresight, eminent physician Dr. Nicolas G. Escario, Sr. founded the present prestigious institution of learning in Cebu, the Cebu Institute of Technology. In collaboration with three illustrious Cebuano technocrats: Engr. Fidel C. Dagani, Engr. Amancio A. Alcordo, and Engr. Jose A. Cavan, Dr. Escario prepared the groundwork for the establishment of the institution. The proposal for the academic venture convinced the future CIT Board of Trustees of its feasibility and the wisdom of opening an engineering school. The project reached its final stage when Don Simplicio A. Lizares, Sr. was elected as CIT’s first Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Nicolas G. Escario, Sr., as President, and Don Rodolfo T. Lizares, Sr. as Vice President who all together pooled their resources to put up the required facilities and services of the institution.

The Cebu Institute of Technology opened in 1946 with two pre-fabricated structures on F. Ramos Street. The school started with 512 pioneering students enrolled in high school and college levels. It offered: Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Chemical Engineering, Architecture, and vocational programs. In tune with the objective of the higher education to answer the needs of the time and to complement the technical programs offered, the first non-technical program offered was the Liberal Arts in 1947, Pharmacy and Junior Normal programs in 1948, and Education in 1949. The Vocational department was phased out in 1951 while the College of Commerce was opened in the same year. Two years later, in 1953, the Sanitary Engineering department started. To meet the demands of the growing society, other programs were offered such as Pre-Medicine in 1957 and Secretarial in 1958.

On November 1, 1958, the CIT Founder and first President Dr. Nicolas G. Escario, Sr. died, leaving the legacy of a dignified politician, honest statesman, and a compassionate physician. At that time, he was able to put up eight semi-concrete school buildings located on C. Padilla Street.

Don Rodolfo T. Lizares, Sr. took over as the second President of CIT. In 1960, under the helm of the new President, the Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering was offered. In affiliation with Cebu Velez College, the pre-Nursing and Doctor of Medicine programs were also offered in the same year. Foreseeing the demands for Science and Technology, the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering program was opened in 1968.

Resourceful and bold in his program for progress, Don Rodolfo T. Lizares, Sr. then replaced the old structures with modern buildings and consequently acquired more facilities in line with the progressive trends in educational management. With his abiding faith in the education of the youth and great zeal of leadership, he acquired a new site for CIT on the N. Bacalso Avenue in 1965 and erected a modern four storey building which was initially occupied by the college graduating students of 1971. Gradually, the remaining colleges at C. Padilla were transferred to the new site. The new campus soon housed the administrative staff, college academic buildings, college library, engineering and science laboratories, and provided sprawling grounds for parking, athletics, and drill purposes. Towards the end of 1978, President Rodolfo T. Lizares, Sr., took the boldest venture by engaging in a multi-million-development plan with the Educational Project Implementing Task Force (EDPITAF) of the government. Through this program, CIT became the resource-based institution for engineering programs in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.

CIT’s aim towards progress surged to new heights in the academe when it received an award as the MOST OUTSTANDING INSTITUTION FOR LEARNING IN CEBU CITY during the Cebu City Charter Day celebration in 1980.

The demands from the electronics industry in the 80’s challenged the institution to offer the Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering program in 1983.

Keeping abreast with the advancement of science and technology, special computer programs were offered in 1983 under the Computer Department. As it grew, the department was renamed the Department of Computer Studies with its innovative ladderized curricula. It was given government recognition by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) to operate its degree programs: Information and Computer Science, Computer Management, Computer Technology, and Computer Engineering with their corresponding associate certificates.

The passing away of President Rodolfo A. Lizares, Sr. on April 4, 1991 paved the way for CIT’s leadership to a younger and dynamic successor, Mr. Gregorio L. Escario, the third president of the institution. Under his leadership, Pre-school was opened together with the reopening of the Elementary Department in 1992. A modern three-storey building fully equipped with modern academic facilities now houses the department.

Ever aspiring for its quest for academic excellence, the Cebu Institute of Technology was awarded as the MOST OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC INSTITUTION IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY for Region VII in 1994.

Aside from continuing his leadership in education in the three academic levels, President Escario has given full support to other innovative special programs such as Industry-Academe Linkages and Special Computer Programs. Consequently, the Department of Computer Studies (DoCS) – currently the College of Computer Studies – was awarded with multi-million peso funding assistance from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for the creation of the Multimedia Development and Training Center (MDTC) and the Software Development and Training Center (SDTC).

As CIT continues its march towards progress and academic excellence, the institution was deputized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to offer the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) in 1999.

Also in the same year, an additional four-storey High School building was constructed.


* CIT was authorized for the spin-off of the BS Commerce curriculum into seven BS Business Administration programs.


* The expansion and developmental efforts for the Department of Computer Studies ushered its upgrade as the College of Computer Studies (CCS).
* The Secretarial Department was revitalized to Office Administration Department with the approval of the four-year BS Office Administration program.


* The Science and Technology building was constructed.
* On November 18, the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) awarded seven Business Administration programs (BSBA), Bachelor of Elementary Education Program (BEEd) and the Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) with CERTIFICATES for Level I Applicant Status.


* Foreseeing the global demands of the nursing profession, CIT decided to reopen the College of Nursing on January 29. The permit to operate the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing course was granted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
* On February of the same year, PACUCOA granted Level 1 applicant status to the BS Computer Science program.
* On June 28, CIT was granted by CHED the permit to operate Master in Computer Science.


* PACUCOA Level I Formal Accredited Status was granted to the BS Business Administration, Bachelor of Elementary Education, Bachelor of Secondary Education, and Computer Science programs.
* Permit was granted for the offering of AB major in Graphics and Media and AB Mass Communication.
* CIT was granted by CHED the permit to operate Master in Information Technology and was identified as delivering institution for the CHED Faculty Development Program.
* CIT was awarded by PACUCOA as one of the top ten institutions (nationwide) with the most number of accredited programs with majors.


* Government Recognition for the Master in Computer Science was granted by CHED.
* PACUCOA Candidate Status was granted to the BS Chemical Engineering, BS Civil Engineering, BS Mechanical Engineering, BS Electronics and Communications Engineering, BS Accountancy and BS Information Technology programs.
* CIT was awarded by PACUCOA as one of the top ten institutions (nationwide) with the most number of accredited programs with majors.
* CIT won in the PACUCOA search for Best Case Study.


* CIT was awarded by the Commission on Higher Education as Center of Excellence in Information Technology Education, one out of nine schools in the Philippines.
* Government Recognitions were issued to the Master in Information Technology graduate program, BS Nursing and Bachelor in Public Administration undergraduate programs, and the Diploma in Professional Education course
* Deputized as an ETEEAP provider for the BPA program
* The first Category A(t) – Mature Teaching Institution under the Institutional Quality Assurance Monitoring and Evaluation (IQuAME) framework of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in the south


* Awarded as an Outstanding Institution by the Cebu City Government on the occasion of the city’s Charter Day celebration
* Offered the following new programs: BS Hotel and Restaurant Management and BS Tourism Management
* Re-opened the following programs: AB English with Applied Linguistics, BS Biology and BS Mathematics
* PACUCOA granted the following programs the Level II First Reaccredited Status: BS Computer Science, BS Business Administration, Bachelor of Elementary Education, and Bachelor of Secondary Education


* PACUCOA Level I Formal Accredited Status was granted to the following programs: BS Chemical Engineering, BS Civil Engineering, BS Electronics and Communications Engineering, BS Mechanical Engineering, BS Information Technology, and BS Accountancy
* CHED issued Government Recognitions (GR) to the following programs: BS Biology, BS Hotel and Restaurant Management, and BS Tourism Management
* Granted DEREGULATED STATUS by the Commission on Higher Education in recognition of CIT’s accomplishments, adherence to quality assurance, and commitment to public responsibility and accountability as a higher education provider

* CHED issued Government Recognition to operate the following graduate programs: Master in Business Administration – thesis and non-thesis (No. 029 s. 2010), Master in Public Administration (No. 007, s. 2010), Master of Arts in Education major in Mathematics (No. 068, s.2010), and Master of Science in Teaching Mathematics (No. 069, s.2010)
* CHED issued Government Recognition to operate the Doctor in Public Administration (No. 072, s. 2010) and Doctor in Business Administration (No. 073. s. 2010)
* By virtue of Resolution No. 142-2010 of the Commission en Banc, CHED granted the Special Government Recognition to offer the Doctor in Information Technology (DIT) Program for the duration of five (5) years from Second Semester of School Year 2009-2010 to First Semester of School Year 2014-2015. The Special Government Recognition is limited only to the DIT Consortium Program members.
* The CIT Library and Learning Resource Center (LLRC) became a member-library of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
* The BS Nursing and Bachelor in Public Administration programs passed the PACUCOA consultancy visit conducted on June 18, 2010.
* By virtue of Commission en Banc Resolution No. 165-2010, the Commission on Higher Education granted Cebu Institute of Technology the University Status on July 7, 2010.
* The Investiture of the First CIT – University President Gregorio L. Escario was held at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel on September 8, 2010
* For the second time, CIT – University won the PACUCOA Best Case Study Contest

After over six decades of existence, CIT is proud of its exemplary performance in the national board/licensure examinations. It has produced 72 first placers, 495 second to tenth placers, and 76 eleventh to twentieth placers [accurate as of May 2010]. This number of topnotchers continues to grow every year.

In the next decade, Cebu Institute of Technology envisions to become an autonomous university with Centers of Excellence and majority of its programs accredited.

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