MSU-IIT Facts and History


Although MSU-IIT only comes officially into being on July 12, 1968, to talk about its history necessitates a quick mention of the series of schools that used to occupy the space where the present campus now sits.

The first educational institution to be established in the Iligan location is the Iligan Junior High School (1946). The school is renamed Iligan High School (1948) and Iligan City High School when Iligan becomes a chartered city (1950). The school is then converted (1956) into a vocational school and placed under the Bureau of Vocational Education carrying the name Lanao Norte Technical School which is then changed (early 1960’s) to the more familiar Lanao Technical School or LTS.

Republic Act. No. 4626 that is signed into law (1965) by former President Diosdado Macapagal seeks to convert the LTS into a vocational college with the name Northern Mindanao Institute of Technology (NMIT). Although the said law is never implemented, its enactment set off a series of events that culminated in MSU – the nearest existing state university – casting an eye on the Iligan location.


The MSU Board of Regents authorizes in April the MSU President, Dr. Antonio Isidro, to officially explore the possibility of expanding into Iligan City by utilizing the campus of the Northern Mindanao Institute of Technology (NMIT) that is formerly known as Lanao Technical School. By July, the MSU Extension Division in Iligan City (also referred to as Iligan Extension Unit) opens, offering a short General Education Curriculum, and with Prof. Victoria J. Adeva as director.


President Ferdinand E. Marcos signs into law R.A. No. 5363 that changes the name of the NMIT into Iligan Institute of Technology and integrates it into the MSU System. The law is authored by Lanao del Norte Representative Mohammad Ali Dimaporo and Lanao del Sur Representative Rashid Lucman.


Former Acting President of MSU, Prof. Manaros B. Boransing, is appointed Dean of IIT. Under his leadership, IIT becomes the flagship campus of the MSU System. Boransing stays on until 1988 holding the title, Vice President for MSU-IIT.


MSU-IIT becomes the first autonomous unit of the MSU System.


Dr. Camar A. Umpa takes over from Prof. Boransing. He sets the Institute on the path to research university status and empowers individual offices to be able to contribute to the whole. Dr. Umpa is the first Chancellor of MSU-IIT and goes on to become President of the MSU System afterwards.


Prof. Marcelo P. Salazar is chosen as the Chancellor of IIT. He is credited for ushering the Institute into the digital age. Under Prof. Salazar’s term, MSU-IIT becomes a center of academic excellence. He is also the first Christian to head MSU-IIT.


Public administration expert and former ambassador Prof. Sukarno D. Tanggol becomes the third Chancellor of MSU-IIT. Prof. Tanggol protects MSU-IIT’s gains and continues its march towards becoming a world-class institution excelling in science and technology while remaining committed to the holistic development of the individual and society.

The history of the Institute goes way back to 1946 with the establishment of the Iligan City National High School (ICHS). In 1956, the ICHS was converted into the Lanao Technical School (LTS) under the Bureau of Vocational Education (BEV). In 1965, RA 4626 converted LTS into the Northern Mindanao Institute of Technology (NMIT). However, this law was not implemented. On July 12, 1968, RA 5363 integrated LTS into the MSU System.
During the 62nd Meeting of the MSU Board of Regents on March 12, 1975, the first comprehensive reorganizational plan of the Institute was approved under BOR Resolution No. 894, Series of 1975. This plan made the Institute the first autonomous unit of the MSU System.

In the years that followed, MSU-IIT continually expanded and developed its academic programs. While doing so, it also enhanced research, infrastructure, and cultural activities.


The Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) is an external unit and one of the ten campuses of the Mindanao State University System. Established on July 12, 1968 as provided for by Republic Act (RA) 5363, the institute has continually provided quality education to thousands of students from almost everywhere in the Philippines.


The seal represents the role of MSU-IIT in technological advancement. The solid circle represents the nucleus of scientific and technical knowledge upon which technology depends. The three graduated lines signify the increasing challenges and responsibilities a student in technology faces from year to year. The need for expansion, advancement, and excellence in technology is projected by the lines directed outward of the triangle, the symbol of stability. Red signifies the determination of MSU-IIT in pursuing her programs while Yellow radiates a bright future ahead.



Highest Educational Attainment
 2797   First-Year Students
10  Part-time Students
2  Outbound Exchange Students
 1   International Student
 2   Inbound Exchange Students
 81    Full-Time 
64   Part-Time 
 305    Full-Time 
  49   Part-Time 
 161    Full-Time 
  15   Part-Time 



A university committed to the holistic development of the individual and society.


To provide quality education for the development of Mindanao and the country through relevant programs in instruction, research and community engagement.


  • To develop and implement training programs geared to meet the technical and skilled manpower requirements of the specific type, magnitude, and level of competence needed by existing and projected industries in Iligan City and its environs;
  • To initiate and undertake projects and studies which bear on the manpower needs, industrial growth of Iligan, and other development projects including those needed by specific industries;

  • To organize and implement, as needed by the community, academic programs for the development of the technical and professional manpower that will enhance and support the industrial growth of Iligan within the economic and social development plan for Mindanao.

Our Core Values

To realize our vision, mission, and goals, we dedicate ourselves to the following code of conduct:

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Mindanao State University System is the only university in the Philippines with a special mandate of integrating the cultural communities, specially the Muslims into the mainstream of the nation's socio-cultural and political life by providing them with opportunities for quality and relevant public education for their self development and providing trained manpower skills and technical know-how for the economic development of the Mindanao, Sulu (Basilan and Tawi-Tawi) and Palawan region.


University Hymn

Silahis ang katulad mong
nagsabog ng liwanag

Ng pag-asa’t hangarin
ng pag-unlad.

Ang pook ng Mindanao
tinanglaw at pinalad,

Nang ika’y isilang
na dakila ang hangad.

Ating ipagkapuri
Itong Pamantasan,

Ang buhay at pag-ibig
sa kanya’y iaalay;

Saan man naroroon
ay bigyang karangalan,

Dakilang paaralan
Pamantasang Mindanao.