The College, conceived by the Provincial Board of Cebu under Governor Manuel Cuenco, was founded on March 3, 1948 by virtue of Provincial Board Resolution No. 500. It was appropriated with the sum of Php39,740.00 for the initial operation as a fishery school. This was named in honor of the first president of the Republic of the Philippines, Manuel A. Roxas. At first it was an adjunct of the Cebu School of Arts and Trades (CSAT). It is known to be the oldest fishery school in the Philippines.
In 1951, by virtue of the Republic Act (R.A.) No. 673, the then Manuel A. Roxas Memorial School of Fisheries (MARMSF) as an adjunct of the CSAT became a national vocational school under the supervision of the Bureau of Public Schools (BPS). It was provided an appropriation of Php50,000.00, and transferred to its present site at Agujo, Daanbantayan, Cebu.
R.A. No. 685 which was enacted in 1952, provided for the educational institution’s becoming one of the regional fishery schools offering secondary fishery curriculum and post-secondary program. Its supervision under the BPS was transferred to the Bureau of Fisheries (BF).
The 1956 R.A. No. 997, complemented by R.A. No. 2300, returned the school’s administration to the BPS through the direct administration of the CSAT.
In 1975, the school was authorized to offer the post-secondary course, the Diploma in Fishery Technology (D.F.T.).
In 1976, the school was turned over to the Department of Education and Culture (DEC) for its supervision.
On April 8, 1983, the school was converted into Central Visayas College of Fisheries (CVCF) by virtue of Batas Pambansa Bilang (B.P.) 379. It was supposed to offer secondary, collegiate, and special courses. However, before the implementation of the said status of the school, another law was approved by virtue of B.P. 412 on June 10, 1983. This law converted the CSAT into the Cebu State College of Science and Technology (CSCST) System, annexing the school to the System.
Resolution No. 23, s. 1984 of the CSCST Board of Trustees (BOT) approved the offering of the four-year degree programs, the Bachelor of Science in Fishery Technology (B.S.F.T.) and the Bachelor of Science in Fisheries Education (B.S.F.Ed.).
Resolution No. 89-015 which was approved by the CSCST BOT on April 22, 1989 authorized the College to offer Bachelor of Secondary Education (B.S.Ed.) and Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.E.Ed.), major in some academic subjects and Home Economics and Technology (H.E.T.).
In the School Year 1994-1995, the College was authorized to offer the B.E.Ed. Major in Home Economics and Livelihood Education (H.E.L.E.).
In 1995-1996, five units of Computer Machines and one Printer were acquired by the College through the Parents-Teachers-Guardians-Employees Association (PTGEA). Computer Literacy was immediately offered to all graduating students, both in the secondary and tertiary levels.
By the School Year 1996-1997, the College was authorized to offer the two-year Hotel and Restaurant Service Technology (H.R.S.T.) with the CSCST Board Resolution No. 96-025, dated May 31, 1996 being approved by the CSCST BOT. In the School Year 1997-1998, the College, through a verbal approval by the SUC President III, offered the B.S.Ed. major in Technology and Home Economics (T.H.E.).
In the School Year 1997-1998, six units of Computer Machines and one Printer were added to the former five units acquired by the College through the PTGEA still. Students who would be out for the On-the-Job Training (OJT) for the following school years were also offered computer literacy.
In the School Year 1998-1999, the Ladderized Four-Year Bachelor of Science in Fisheries (B.S.F.) was offered. This was also true with the Ladderized Four-Year Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Services Technology (B.H.R.S.T.). In the same school year, concepts on Anti-Poverty Campaign were integrated in the H. E. L. E. and 5 T. H. E., fisheries, and H. R. S. T. technology courses.
In the School Year 1999-2000, research, community extension, and production functions were strengthened.
In Summer 2001, the College of Advanced Studies (CAdS) was established with the offering of Master in Education, Certificate in Professional Education (CPE) and Diploma in Professional Education (DPE). The first thirteen (13) Master in Education students with some Diploma in Professional Education and Certificate in Professional Education students in March 2004.
In Summer 2002, finding its niche in advanced science and technology education, the Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Management (P.h.D) and Doctor of Education (Ed. D) was offered during Summer 2004. This was designed to meet the needs of the technologists and educators who are and would be occupying managerial positions in industries and educational institutions. In the same month, with proactive science and technological education endeavors, Doctor in Development Education (Dev. Ed. D.) and Master in Public Administration (MPA) were offered.
By virtue of Resolution No. 353, s. 2004 dated June 8, 2004, a resolution approving the rectification of course nomenclatures in the CSCST System was affected to include the Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Services and Technology offering Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant Services and Tourism (BSHRST).
On November 16, 2004, by virtue of Resolution No. 028 by the Academic/Management/Executive (Administrative) Committee, the name of CSCST – College of Fisheries was rectified to CSCST – Daanbantayan Campus effective retroactively upon the approval of the CSCST Board of Trustees under Resolution No. 374, s. 2004, dated December 16, 2004, “A Resolution Approving the Change of Names of Campuses of the CSCST System.”
In the First Semester of 2005-2006, the Associate in Industrial Engineering (AET) was offered as a first ladder toward the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE).
The College has gained an ISO certification from the Anglo-Japanese-American (AJA) Registrars, Incorporated as per BS EN ISO 9001:2000 with Certification Number AJA03/6952 and date of Original Registration: December 16, 2003, date of Re-registration: July 2, 2007, and date of Expiration: September 10, 2009. It is now recognized as an Internationally Accredited school geared towards global competence.
After the expiration of the ISO 9001:2000 Certification, the College then adopted new scope of Registration, the ISO 9001:2008 with Certificate Number AJA09-0014 and date of Original Registration: October 9, 2009, Date of Expiration: October 8, 2012; date of Recertification, January 30, 2013, date of Expiration: October 8, 2015.
On November 10, 2009, by virtue of R.A. No. 9744, the Cebu State College of Science and Technology System including all its satellite campuses was converted into a State University known as Cebu Technological University (CTU).
The Installation and Investiture Ceremonies of the Cebu Technological University, Dr. Bonifacio S. Villanueva, the first University President was held at the Cebu International Convention Center on June 28, 2010. The launching of the Centennial Celebration was held on the same date in the afternoon at the CTU Main.
At present, the CTU Board of Regents appointed DR. ROSEIN A. ANCHETA, JR. the University President of CTU effective March 2, 2015 until March 1, 2019. Dr. Rosein A. Ancheta Jr. is the 2nd president of CTU. He is serving his second term of office effective March 2, 2019 through March 1, 2023 as per CHED declaration dated February 28, 2019, following unanimous decisions of the Board of Regents (BOR) and the Evaluation Committee (EC).
Last November 26, 2018, the University adopted a new scope of Registration, and compiled the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015. TUV Rheinland Philippines certified the Provision of Higher Education Services of CTU Daanbantayan with ID Number 9108652626 with a validity period until November 25, 2021