Philippine Universities

Ateneo de Davao University (

The Ateneo de Davao University is a premiere Filipino, Catholic and Jesuit University founded by the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus in 1948. It aims to establish a standard of excellence in academic and spiritual formation in various fields.

The University single-mindedly aspires to champion a strong tradition of academic excellence and of greater service. It offers a comprehensive formation underscoring the holistic development of the person as an individual (mind and heart), and as a member of the human community. It labors to realize its mission of being “stronger in faith” (fortes-in-fide) in pursuit of God’s ultimate plan. In the spirit of service, various schools, colleges, divisions and departments of the Ateneo community reach out to local communities and other institutions, living out its mission ad majorem Dei gloriam. Through its diverse formation activities and student-centered programs, the Ateneo helps form young men and women into “persons-for-others” (maging-tao-para-sa-kapwa).

Ateneo de Zamboanga University (

The Ateneo de Zamboanga University is a Catholic and Jesuit university in Western Mindanao. It is also known by the acronym AdZU. Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1912, it is the second oldest Jesuit school in the Philippines. It initially offered primary and secondary education for boys. It became a college in 1952, and a university in August 2001. The Ateneo de Zamboanga began in 1912 as Escuela Catolica, a parochial school ran by Spanish Jesuits.

AdZU operates two campuses. The main campus (4.3 hectares) in La Purisima Street houses the undergraduate/graduate units and the Grade School, while the new campus (8.3 hectares) in Barangay Tumaga which is outside Zamboanga City proper is home to the High School unit.

Central Philippine University (

Central Philippine University (also referred to as Central or CPU) is a private research university located in Iloilo City, Philippines. It was established in 1905 under the auspices of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society as a two separate schools: the Jaro Industrial School for boys and a bible school to train ministers and other Christian workers. Central is the second American university in Asia. Later in 1913, women were gradually admitted to the school for boys, and eventually the school started offering high school education in 1920. In 1923, the school for boys merged with the Bible school when it became a junior college and started offering college degrees, and in 1953, attained university status

De La Salle University (

De La Salle University positions itself as a leader in molding human resources who serve the church and the nation. It is a Catholic coeducational institution founded in 1911 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The University is a hub for higher education training renowned for its academic excellence, prolific and relevant research, and involved community service.

Nestled in the heart of Manila, De La Salle University is home to local and international students seeking quality education for a brighter future ahead. It is situated in a vibrant city where culture and diversity is well manifested.

MAPUA Institute of Technology (

MIT moves to fine-tune its teaching standards with a series of accreditations. For one, the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) affirmed the Institute’s high standards in educational operations, granting Level IV accreditation to its CE program and Level III accreditation to its CpE, EE, ECE, EnSE, and IE programs. From 2010 to 2011, MIT has proven itself at par with other first-rate universities around the world when ABET, Inc. granted its first accreditation seal in the entire East Asia to its eight Engineering programs (ChE, CE, CpE, EE, ECE, EnSE, IE, and ME) and two computing programs (B.S. Computer Science and B.S. Information Technology), putting it ahead of the rest of educational institutions in the country.

Mariano Marcos State University (

The Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) is a comprehensive institution of higher learning in the Ilocos region, which was establish in 06 January 1978 by Presidential Decree (PD) 1279 and named after the father of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos. The decree merge two state colleges in the province of Ilocos Norte, the then Mariano Marcos Memorial College of Science and Technology (MMMCST) with campuses in Batac, Currimao, Paoay and Dingras, and the Northern Luzon State College (NLSC) in Laoag City. It also transferred the college departments of the Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades (INCAT) in Loag City and Ilocos Norte Agricultural College (INAC) in Pasuquin.

The university is relatively young compared to other state universities in the Philippines. However, MMSU’s root anchored deep, its foundation is strong, and its beginnings all proven historical turning points as far back as the early 1900’s.

To date, the university has ten academic units: Graduate School, College of Agriculture, Food and Sustainable Development, College of Aquatic Science and Applied Technology, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Economics and Accountancy, College of Engineering, College of Health Sciences, College of Industrial Technology, College of Teacher Education and College of Law.

Mindanao State University – Marawi (

Mindanao State University (MSU) was established on September 1, 1961through RA 1387, as amended, was the brain child of the late Senator Domocao A. Alonto, as one of the government’s responses to the so-called “Mindanao Problem.”

The original mission of the university was anchored on instruction, research and extension. The 1954 Congressional Committee conceptualized it as a social laboratory for national integration.

For the main campus in Marawi City starting with 282 students and 12 faculty members in its pioneering classes in 1962, it has grown to a multi-campus supra-regional university system, serving over69,000 students in all levels with nearly 3,100 faculty members.

Mindanao State University – Tawi-Tawi (

Mindanao State University – Tawi-tawi College of Technology and Oceanography is an autonomous campus of the Mindanao State University system located in Sanga-Sanga, Bongao, in the province of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines.

Notre Dame University – Cotabato City (

As a Catholic institution, Notre Dame University Forms part of the saving mission of the Church, especially for education in faith (Gravissimum Educationis, 3). To fulfill this mission the University founds its whole educational enterprise in Christ and His Word (Congregation for Catholic Education, the Catholic School) and links itself with the magisterium, the guardian of the faith (Lumen Gentium, 25). With all its distinctive aims and means, the University offers itself in service to all, non-Christians included, acknowledging, preserving and promoting the spiritual and moral goods found among these persons as well as the values in their society and culture (Nostre Aetate, 2).

As an institution of higher learning granted university status, Notre Dame University is called to be an “authentic center” for teaching, research and extension services in the area. While giving due importance to the pragmatic scope of these functions, Notre Dame University as a Catholic institution raises its gaze to higher goals, pointing out values and perspectives which render the vision of person complete because it offers a breath of university and spirituality (Baum, on Pope John Paul II’s Teaching Concerning the Aims and Functions of a Catholic University).

Saint Louis University (

Saint Louis University is regarded as one of the Philippines’ respected and leading educational institutions that has grown with the demands of the current and future environments for its students and faculty alike.

Around two hundred fifty kilometers north of Manila lies Baguio City, known to be the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” that enjoys temperate climate all year round. From a village resort established by the Americans, Baguio has become the Northern Philippines’ center of business and commerce as well as the center of education. Saint Louis University has played a pivotal role in the evolution of the City into a center for learning in the North.

Today, SLU is the largest university north of Manila with more than 30,000 students from the elementary, high school and college levels. Its reputation for excellence attracts students and scholars not only from the Philippines but from other countries as well. It has sustained itself since 1911 to become one of the top centers of academic excellence in the Philippines that meet international standards in tertiary education.

Silliman University (

All of the country’s top universities would boast of offering quality education. Silliman is no different. But while it joins the ranks of prestigious Philippine universities, it is humbled by a gift of a location that bespeaks of the natural environment’s complement to academic learning – one feature that sets Silliman apart from the rest.

Dotted with over 300 acacia trees, the Silliman campus is uniquely embraced in between views of the Cuernos de Negros mountains in its background and the Visayan sea at its frontage. The 62-hectare campus offers patches of greens on where personal relationships are nurtured, spiritual nourishment facilitated, and the concept of quality student life redefined.

Silliman University is a melting pot of cultures and religions. Of its overall population of more than 9,000, over 300 are international students from 23 different countries. Its affiliation with the United Church of Christ in the Philippines as a Protestant university has never been a hindrance to the exercise of religious freedom. Majority of Silliman students are Roman Catholics and a good number are Muslims from Mindanao.

University of Saint La Salle (

The University of St. La Salle, a non-stock and non-profit corporation, was established in 1952 by three American Brothers under the umbrella of the Philippine Province of the Brothers of the Christian Schools which is an international institute of religious dedicated to the service of mankind with special concern for the poor, through education.

As a Catholic institution of learning offering to both men and women an educational program designed to develop their talents and abilities towards becoming truly contributing members of society, the University Of St. La Salle is committed to a curriculum that emphasizes person-development as an integrated and wholistic process of spiritual, social, intellectual and physical growth.

University of San Carlos (

A mix of old and new marks USC’s brand of education. The missionary spirit is kept alive with the school’s pursuit for the latest in science, technology, and the arts. A sense of heritage blends well with the Carolinian enthusiasm for the new. And this is best shown in the increasingly eclectic look of the school’s architecture.

In general, USC is busy getting a makeover. But as modern buildings rise in the campuses, ancient ones are carefully preserved. Thus, the newly-renovated façade of the Main Campus looks as fresh as when it rose from the rubbles of the Second World War during the University’s period of reconstruction.

Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan (

Situated at the heart of the city, the University has been closely involved with the life and growth, concerns and problem of Cagayan de Oro City. The University’s community service and involvement were founded in the following programs/institutions: the Research Institute for Mindanao Culture (RIMCU), established in 1957 for research studies in Mindanao Culture; the Southeast Asia Rural Leadership Institute (SEARSOLIN) started in 1963 to train leaders and organizers from the Asia Pacific basin countries, India and Africa in agriculture extension work, the cooperative movement and social development; the Philippine Folklife Museum and Archives inaugurated in 1968 has since grown into the XU Museum; the Institute for the Development of Educational Administrators (IDEA) started in 1972 as a master degree program for school administrators principally of parochial schools; and Kinaadman, the University journal since 1979.

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