Quirino State University traces its humble beginning in the year 1963 as it metamorphosed from a municipal high school to a state college until it becomes a state university. In June 1963, it was known as Northeastern Nueva Vizcaya High School (NNVHS) founded by the municipal government under the leadership of the then Mayor, Dr. Luis M. Bergado having Mrs. Beulah T. Bunao as the head. On June 18, 1964, it was converted into Northern Nueva Vizcaya National Agricultural School (NNVNAS) by virtue of Republic Act 4023, offering Secondary Agriculture and Vocational Homemaking curricula with Engr. Santiago M. Sadang as the assigned principal. The school was relocated to its present site, consisting of 100 hectares donated by the Gomez Family of Echague, Isabela through the initiative of Mayor Mariano J. Pimentel. When Quirino was weaned from its mother province in 1972, a municipal resolution changed its name into Quirino National Agricultural School (QNAS) offering two-year Post-Secondary Agricultural Technician (PSAT) curriculum under the administration of Mr. Camilo G. Baldomero. In 1976, Mr. Carlos P. Eugenio, became the Vocational School Administrator. Upon his demise, Mr. Julian A. Alvarez was appointed in his place. On June 10, 1983, QNAS was converted into Quirino State College by virtue of Batas Pambansa Blg. 440. QSC started to operate as a state college in SY 1984-1985 with Mr. Julian A. Alvarez as the first president. Since then, four-year degree programs were offered. In 1998, after the demise of the first President, CHED Director Magdalena C. Jasmin from Region 01 was designated Officer In-Charge of the College until the search for a new president was done. On September 1, 1998, Dr. Edgar M. Ricamonte former Vice President for Academic Affairs in Central Luzon State University, Muñoz, Nueva Ecijia was appointed the second president. Under his progressive leadership and his strong commitment to make QSC scale greater heights of growth and development, programs have been improved and updated, projects have been expanded, human resource development has been given impetus and more facilities and equipment continue to reach QSC. After Dr. Ricamonte's mandatory retirement, CHED designated Dr. Reynaldo P. Villamayor as OIC who was later designated Acting President then, full-pledged President of the institution. Upon retirement, a rigid selection for the new president was conducted. On November 16, 2010, Dr. Samuel O. Benigno was seated Third President of the College. He has in mind plans and ideas that led to the improvement of the services offered by the College along the three mandated functions--Instruction, Research and Development, and Extension and Training Services. On October 19, 2012, His Excellency President Benigno Simeon S. Aquino III signed the bill converting the Quirino State College (QSC) into Quirino State University through the concerted efforts of political leaders Senator Edgardo J. Angara (Chairman, Committee on Education, Arts and Culture), Congressman Juan Edgardo M. Angara (Chairman, Committee on Higher and Technical Education), Congressman Dakila Carlo E. Cua, Governor Junie E. Cua and key officials of the three merging institutions. Republic Act No. 10230 integrated into the University the Quirino Polytechnic College (QPC) in Cabarroguis and the Maddela Institute of Technology (MIT) in Maddela, all located in the province of Quirino. This law opened access and better opportunities for Quirinians to be educated in a University and be globally competitive, productive and self-reliant members of the society. Dr. Samuel O. Benigno became the first President of the University.
In his time, QSC pursued to become a Provincial Apiculture Center, one of the satellites of the National Apiculture Research Training Development Institute (NARTDI). As the Provincial Apiculture Center in Quirino, QSC educates and trains would-be beekeepers, apiculturists and other stakeholders, conducts researches and extends technologies towards the development of the apiculture industry in the province of Quirino. It continues to serve as technology advisor on various commodities where research and extension services are focused such as: Banana, corn, rice, citrus, coffee, root crops, dairy and goat. Socio-cultural studies of the Bugkalots are being undertaken, while effects of climatic phenomenon and other mitigation practices are studied to counter its effect to sustain agricultural production and sufficiency.
The University also strongly ties up with other agencies, to include: CVARRD, PCARRD, DA-BAR, DA-RFU 2, DA-ACEF, DOST, CHED as well as NGOs such as Phil Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation and CAVA Habitat to name a few. Researches also boomed. Many faculty and staff members were given opportunities to present their outputs on various conferences and fora up to the national and international levels.
Major developments on infrastructure and physical facilities were also accomplished--establishment of the ladies’ dormitory; construction of a greenhouse, research and development building, grow-out nursery, multi-purpose pavements, composting sheds and other equipment for organic fertilizer production; improvement of access roads; and many others. Resources have been expanded where this institution has tripled its library holdings through the sacrificial assistance of Professor Herbert W. Ockerman of Ohio State University for the donation of one 20-footer container van filled with book
Instruction is leveling high as academic programs are subjected to accreditation. The two programs of the College of Teacher Education: Bachelor of Secondary Education and Bachelor in Elementary Education were Level II accredited by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines. Five more programs: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management were visited for and passed the preliminary survey. The department also pushed for the realization of Outcomes-Based Education.s, CDs, journals and other library materials.
The University, through all the members of the academic community, persistently proves its vision of becoming the leading center for academic and technological excellence and prime catalyst for a progressive and sustainable Quirino Province and Southern Cagayan Valley.
Develop competent and morally upright professionals
and generate appropriate knowledge and technologies to meet the needs of Quirino and Southern Cagayan Valley.
The leading center for academic and technological excellence and
prime catalyst for a progressive and sustainable Quirino Province and Southern Cagayan Valley.