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Malvar Street, Dipolog City

Thirty years ago, Augusto C. Lagman, Herman T. Gamboa, Benjamin A. Santos, and Edgar H. Sarte — four computer industry professionals came together to set up Systems Technology Institute (popularly known as STI), a training center that delivers basic programming education to professionals and students who want to learn quality computer education, equal to the best in the world.

STI's founders’ envisioned of a Philippines joining in the attainment of full human development which focuses on the technology, spiritual, political, social, cultural, and physical aspect essential to improving the quality of life of every individual. Indeed, three decades past, STI is living that dream.

STI's founders envision the Philippines attaining full human development by focusing on the technology, spiritual, political, social, cultural, and physical aspect, thereby improving the quality of life of individuals.  Indeed, for the past several decades, STI is living that dream.

The first STI Training Centers opened in the busiest business centers in Metro Manila with the promise: "First we'll teach you then we'll hire you." As enrollment swells, more annexes were set up. The first provincial location was in Baguio in 1985. Today, STI colleges can be found in over 50 locations all over the country with over a hundred colleges.

STI continues to expand its nationwide network of Colleges and Training Centers to provide quality computer education within the reach of more and more students. What was once just a vision is now the largest computer education network in the Southeast Asia.

In 1995, STI was granted approval by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to operate Collegiate Courses, in effect transforming STI Training Centers into Colleges starting the school year 1995-1996.

STI Foundation’s core programs of advocacy provide educational opportunities to many Filipinos. A nationwide extension service project dubbed as "Driving Education Where IT Matters", which aims to provide applicable ICT-enhanced training to the youth, made STI take home several awards from prestigious awarding bodies.

Using a “classroom on wheels” model, the project will be able to visit schools nationwide and train students for free. To date, the six STI Mobile Schools have travelled to 578 sites in Luzon and 179 sites in Visayas and Mindanao, and have trained over 71,110 participants.

For this project, STI received the 2009 Quill Award of Merit under the Community Relations Category of the Philippine Quill Awards and an Anvil Award of Excellence given by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP).

Beneath its extensive operations, STI Foundation takes pride in changing landscapes. It is only in truly transforming the lives of many that STI Foundation’s achievements are made significant.


To be the leader in innovative and relevant education that nurtures individuals to become competent and responsible members of society.


We are an institution committed to provide knowledge through the development and delivery of superior learning systems.


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