The PUP-Commonwealth Campus in Quezon City was established through the generosity and benevolence of Mr. Walter Rothlehner, a German church leader and an owner of a certain square building situated at the Sikhay Compound, Don Fabian Street, Brgy. Commonwealth, 1119 National Government Center, Quezon City. Mr. Rothlehner donated the said property to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

The 1.9 hectares of land presently occupied by the PUP-Open University, Commonwealth Campus is donated by the SIKHAY - an association duly registered with Securities and Exchange Commission represented by its President, Rev. Fr. Joel T. Tabora, S.J. PUP-Commonwealth is an establishment campus of Polytechnic University of the Philippines with the National Government Center in order to bring quality education to the urban poor communities especially the underprivileged families of Quezon City.

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The PUP-Commonwealth started as a two-building campus. These two existing buildings were donated by its owner to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines purposively used as classrooms, library and offices for students and faculty members. Hence, the PUP through its Open University committed to administer and maintain the described buildings and portion of land in the interest of its students in the locality and in the nearby the vicinity.

The PUP-Commonwealth is an extension campus of PUP Sta. Mesa, Manila. It came to exist through its formal launching held at the Misereor Hall, last July 29, 1997. It was attended by the former PUP President, Dr. Zenaida A. Olonan, who presented the Plaque of Recognition to the donor of the PUP-Commonwealth Campus, Mr. Walter Rothlehner The said activity was graced by former Congressman of the 2nd District of Quezon City, Hon. Dante V. Liban and other special guests from the local government of Quezon City and the PUP Administration.

At present, the PUP-Commonwealth Campus has still four (4) existing buildings namely , the Rothlehner Hall, Miseor Hall, New building through the courtesy of Cong. Magsaysay , Susano and Villar and the Student Multi-Purpose Hall, library, two rooms for keyboarding and computer laboratory having more than 20 computers, administration offices and classroom serving almost 1600 students in the campus. Furthermore, PUP-Commonwealth is now on its 10th year of promoting quality education and nurturing her constituents toward a rich and meaningful life by providing them a highly technologically advance education, a continuing quest for academic excellence, and deep commitment to serve human kind.

Finally, PUP-Commonwealth Campus is under the directorship of Director Pascualito B. Gatan.