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The University of the Philippines Information Technology Training Center (UP ITTC) is a program of the University of the Philippines together with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). UP ITTC, the first IT training center in the Philippines to be ISO 9001:2008-certified, complies with the American Accreditation Standards (ANAB) and the European Accreditation Standards (RVA). UP ITTC also hosts the Philippine Youth Congress in Information Technology or Y4iT every September, the biggest IT event in the nation.



On 26 February 2004, upon UP President Francisco Nemenzo’s recommendation, the UP Board of Regents (BOR) approved the creation of the ITTC Program under the Office of the Vice-President for Development. The BOR appointed a Program Director for UP ITTC on 22 July 2004.

For its full-scale implementation, the University proposed a project for funding by JICA. This was dubbed as the Japan-Philippines Technical Cooperation Project on Philippine IT Human Resource Development (ITHRD), which was approved by JICA and started operation on 20 July 2004, for a term of four years (extended until 2009).


In the “Record of Discussions” signed by JICA and the University on 09 July 2004, the project purpose was stated as: to conduct high-level and practical IT training in cooperation with other universities and industries, and to match the needs of the industry.


Fulltime Courses

As a training center with specialization tracks in Applications Development, Network Systems and Embedded Systems, UP ITTC offers a one-year full time training course with a Certificate in Information Technology. Yearly admission and scholarship examinations are conducted at the UP Diliman Campus (Quezon City) and in the provinces, such as Bacolod, Bicol, Butuan, and Tacloban.

Qualified enrollees are college graduates of Computer Science and IT-related courses as well as graduates of other courses.

UP ITTC fulltime students generally take Japanese language lessons everyday and prepare themselves for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Levels 3 and 4. They are also primed for the PhilNITS Fundamental Engineer (FE) examinations held every April and October.

The fulltime IT training program runs for four 10-week quarters. The revised direct cost of studying in UP ITTC, inclusive of training fee miscellaneous and other incidental fees, is PhP 109,930.00 for one year.

Short Courses

The UP ITTC short courses are modular. The duration of each module can be from three days to two weeks. These are taken on a part-time basis. Night classes for CCNA1 are also available. List of offered courses:

  • CCNA1
  • CCNA2
  • CCNA3
  • CCNA4
  • Open Source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP): Theory and Application
  • Introduction to SAP Business One with ERP Concepts
  • SAP Business One - Quickstart Program
  • SAP Business One - F1 Advance Program
  • PhilNITS FE Review
  • Project Management
  • Managing Information Technology (IT) Outsourcing
  • Introduction to Embedded Systems
  • Introduction to Visual Basic .NET
  • ASP .NET Programming
  • C# Programming with Microsoft .NET
  • Introduction to Oracle PL/SQL
  • Basic Web Development
  • PHP & MySQL
  • Advanced PHP & MySQL
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • C Programming
  • C++ Programming
  • Java Programming I (Basic)
  • Java Programming II (Intermediate)
  • Java EE
  • Database Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Quality Assurance and Testing
  • Linux Network and Systems Administration
  • Object-Oriented Analysis and Design Using UML
  • IP Telephony
  • IT Security Analysis
  • Mobile Applications Development Using Java ME
  • Technical Communication for IT
  • Microsoft Access 2007

From 2005 to 2008, a total of 2,166 participants attended the short courses—71 in 2005, 435 in 2006, 771 in 2007, and 889 in 2008. And in the first to third quarters of 2009, 974 attended. The government, academe, private industry, and NGO sectors were all represented in the mix of participants. There were individuals from International Electronics and Technical Institute (IETI), SeaChange International, Canon Information Technologies Philippines, Inc. and Trend Micro, among others.




University of the Philippines

The UP System Information Technology Foundation, Inc. (UP SITF) acts as the resource generation arm of the UP ITTC which includes human resource development, infrastructure and equipment, and research and development initiatives. It strengthens industry partnerships and the establishment and management of a scholarship fund. UP ITTC is one of its flagship activities.

Cooperating organizations

eGovernment projects

Buddyworks is a project that seeks to reduce the inequities in the Philippine health care system and help curb the impact of the exodus of health care providers. It uses electronic information and communications technologies to provide and support health care for underserved communities and geographically remote areas where health care expertise is largely unavailable.

Philippine eLib is a collaborative project of the National Library of the Philippines (NLP), University of the Philippines (UP), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). It hopes to provide for the information needs of all sectors of society.




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