Taguig City is poised to become the country’s premier “university city” with the addition of two new campuses of the University of the Philippines (UP) and the De La Salle University (DLSU) at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

The city government on Tuesday confirmed that UP and DLSU are set to open soon separate campuses in BGC envisioned to offer mostly graduate studies.

“We in Taguig are very excited about these developments. With a very dynamic community like our city, the possibilities are almost endless. First, it brings these universities just within arm’s reach of Taguigenos especially our youth and, second, the bright minds all over the country will be flocking to BGC,” Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano said.

“And it does not stop there. We can think of a lot of employment and educational implications that the presence of these top schools will bring Taguig. And we are more than happy to welcome them,” she added.

UP, which officially held a groundbreaking ceremony in 2012, has already started the construction of the UP Professional Schools campus on a 4,300-square meter lot at the northeast side of BGC.

This extension school is seen to primarily host post-graduate studies and programs for UP’s colleges of law, business, and engineering, as well as from its school of statistics.

DLSU, meanwhile will build its College of Law (COL) campus in BGC within this year, in line with the possible establishment of extension offices of the Supreme Court and the UP College of Law also at the BGC-Taguig’s premier business district.

The city government said based on DLSU’s strategic development plan, a six-storey building will be built on a 1,395-square meter property which will house the DLSU-COL, along with its related professional programs. Though it is still on its planning stage, DLSU’s BGC campus will either serve as a satellite campus of its COL, or contain the entire college after a complete relocation.

“BGC is already home to several international schools and having these two top universities will surely bring honor to Taguig City. In a sense, it is also in accordance with our administration’s centerpiece programs, which lists education as our highest priority,” said Mayor Cayetano.

Several schools have taken root in Taguig City to include the British School Manila, the International School Manila, the Chinese International School, the Manila Japanese School and the MGC New Life Christian Academy.

Taguig is also home to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) and the Taguig City University.