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Coordinates: 14°38′15″N 121°4′41″E 14.6375, 121.07806


Ateneo de Manila University

  • Address: Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108, Philippines
  • Phone: +63 2 426-6001 (trunkline connecting to all departments)
  • Website: [1]
  • Overview

American Jesuits took over Ateneo administration in 1912. Fr. Richard O’Brien, the third American rector, led the relocation to the grounds the San Jose Major Seminary in Padre Faura, Ermita after a fire destroyed the Intramuros campus in 1932.[1]

The Ateneo campus was devastated again during World War II. Only one structure remained standing – the statue of St. Joseph and the Child Jesus which now stands in front of the Jesuit Residence in the Loyola Heights campus. Salvaged ironwork and statues from the ruins have since been incorporated into various existing Ateneo buildings such as the Ateneo monograms on the gates of the Loyola Heights campus, the iron grillwork on the ground floor of Xavier Hall, and the statue of the Immaculate Conception displayed at the University Archives.[1]

But even if the Ateneo campus had been destroyed, the university survived. Following the American liberation, the Ateneo de Manila reopened temporarily in Plaza Guipit in Sampaloc, Manila. The Padre Faura campus reopened in 1946 with Quonset huts serving as buildings among the campus ruins.[1]

In 1952, Fr. William F. Masterson S.J., moved most of the Ateneo units to its present Loyola Heights campus. This decision faced some opposition, with Ateneo Jesuit supposedly saying that only the "children of Tarzan" would study in the new campus.[27] But over the years, the Ateneo in Loyola Heights has become the center of a dynamic community.[2] The Padre Faura campus continued to house the professional schools until 1976.[1]

Fr. Francisco Araneta, S.J. was appointed as the Ateneo de Manila's first Filipino Rector in 1958.[2] In 1959, its centennial year, the Ateneo became a university.[1]

Fields oF Study

School of Humanities

  • BFA Major in Art Management
  • BFA Major in Creative Writing
  • BFA Major in Information Design
  • BFA Major in Theater Arts
  • AB Humanities
  • AB Interdisciplinary Studies
  • AB Literature-English
  • AB Literature-Filipino (Filipino-Panitikan)
  • AB Philosophy

School of Social Sciences

  • AB Chinese Studies
  • AB Communication
  • AB Development Studies
  • AB Economics
  • AB Economics (Honors)*
  • AB Management Economics
  • AB European Studies
  • AB History
  • AB Diplomacy and International Relations with Specialization in East and Southeast Asian Studies
  • AB Political Science
  • AB/MA Political Science – Global Politics*
  • AB Political Science – Masters in Public Management*
  • AB Psychology
  • BS Psychology*
  • AB Social Sciences

School of Science and Engineering

  • BS Biology*
  • BS Life Sciences*
  • BS Chemistry*
  • BS Chemistry/BS Materials Science and Engineering*
  • BS Computer Engineering*
  • BS Computer Science*
  • BS Computer Science - BS Digital Game Design and Development*
  • BS/MS Computer Science*
  • BS Electronics Engineering*
  • BS Environmental Science
  • BS Health Sciences*
  • BS Management Information Systems
  • BS Management Information Systems/MS Computer Science*
  • BS Mathematics*
  • BS/M Applied Mathematics with Specialization in Mathematical Finance*
  • BS Physics*
  • BS Applied Physics/BS Materials Science and Engineering*

John Gokongwei School of Management

  • BS Communications Technology Management
  • BS Information Technology Entrepreneurship*
  • BS Legal Management
  • BS Management
  • BS Management (Honors)*
  • BS Management Engineering*
  • BS Management of Applied Chemistry

History & Memorable Moments

  • After the Jesuits' expulsion in the Philippines, ten Spanish Jesuits arrived in Manila on April 14, 1859, almost a century through an 1852 Royal Decree from Queen Isabella II. Their mission was in the far South to Jolo and Mindanao. But because of the Jesuits' entrenched reputation as educators among Manila’s leaders, on August 5 the Ayuntamiento or city council requested the Governor General to identified and finance a Jesuit school using public funds. On October 1, 1859, he approved the Jesuits to dominate the Escuela Municipal, a tiny private school preserved for some 30 children of Spanish residents. A Jesuit brother, as well as ten Spanish Jesuit priests, began running the school on December 10, 1859.
  • Partly subsidized from the Ayuntamiento, the Escuela was the only major school in Manila at the time. Its name was changed by the Escuela to Ateneo Municipal de Manila in 1865, when it became accredited as an institution of secondary schooling. It started by offering certificates in agriculture, surveying, together with the bachillerato, and enterprise. José Rizal, who would later be named National Hero of the Philippines, enrolled for his studies in 1872, and received a Bachelor of Arts diploma in 1877, continuing studies at the Ateneo for a license.
  • After the Philippines was occupied by Americans in the early 1900s, the Ateneo dropped its government subsidy from the town and became a private establishment. The Jesuits eliminated the term Municipal from the school’s name plus it's since been recognized as the Ateneo de Manila.
  • In 1908, the Ateneo de Manila's school standing was recognized by the colonial government and licensed its bachelor's degree and certificates in a variety of disciplines, including engineering. The Ateneo campus housed other Jesuit institutions of study and understanding, such as San Jose Key Seminary and the Manila Observatory.
  • Their Spanish brethren were replaced by American Jesuits in 1912. The unique campus at Intra-Muros in the heart of old Manila was destroyed by fire in 1932 and also the Ateneo moved in Padre Faura. It re-opened briefly in Plaza Guipit in Sampaloc, Manila. The Padre Faura campus reopened in 1946 with Quonset huts serving as buildings among the campus ruins.[8][9] In 1952, Fr. William F. Masterson, S.J., moved most of the Ateneo units to its present Loyola Heights campus. The Padre Faura campus continued to accommodate the professional universities until 1976. Fr. Francisco Araneta, S.J., was appointed as the Ateneo de Manila's first Filipino Rector in 1958. In 1959, its centennial year, the Ateneo became a college.
  • The following decades saw escalating turbulence engulf the country was gripped by the university as a dynamic movement for Filipinization and an expanding understanding of the vast gulf between bad and wealthy. Throughout the 1960s, Ateneans pushed for an Ateneo which was more with the Filipino situation and rooted more deeply in Filipino. They pushed for the college, and for instruction for the use of Filipino to implement reforms that resolved the expanding social issues of injustice and poverty. During that time, the Graduate School split to the Graduate-School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate-School of Economics and Business Administration, which eventually became the Graduate College of Business.[10]
  • As student activism rose in academe in the 1970-s., Ateneans played a vital function as well as pupil organizations from other notable colleges and universities Students confronted university expulsion and violent government dispersal as they protested the dismissal of dissenting school and students, oppressive regulations and cost hikes, human rights violations, and other injustices. On September 2-1, 1972, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law. The university administration had excellent trouble keeping the university intact and reconciling the promotion of social justice. Pedro Arrupe called for Jesuit schools to instruct for justice and to create "men and females for others."[1-4] The Ateneo College opened its doors to its first feminine pupils in that same year.
  • The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences moved to Loyola Heights in 1976, and the Padre Faura campus ultimately closed in 1977 as the Graduate School of Company and also the School of Law moved to H.V. de la Costa St. in Salcedo Village, Makati. That same year, the Ateneo, then the "winningest" college in males basketball, left the NCAA, which it co-started, on account of violence plaguing the league.[1-0] In 1978 the Ateneo joined the College Athletic Association of the Philippines. In February 1978, the Ateneo opened the Ateneo-Univac Computer Engineering Middle, one of the country’s pioneering computer centers, which later became the Ateneo Computer Technology Heart.
  • On August 21, 1983, Ateneo alumnus Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr., was assassinated upon his return from exile in the USA. Ateneans continued to perform in the dying years of the martial law era with sectors which include the poor, non-authorities organizations, and some activist teams. On February 11, 1986, alumnus and Antique Governor Evelio Javier was gunned down. Two weeks later, Ateneans joined thousands of Filipinos from all walks of existence in the peaceful uprising at EDSA which ousted Ferdinand Marcos.[1]
  • In 1987, nine years following the Ateneo joined the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), the university went to win its first crown in UAAP men’s basketball. The Blue Eagles won a 2nd straight title in 1988.[1-0][12]
  • In 1991, the Ateneo joined in relief operations to help victims of the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. That same year saw the College of Regulation replace its Bachelor of Laws diploma with all the Juris Doctor diploma.
  • In 1994, the Ateneo was one of the first schools on the Web, and was component of the conference that connected the Philippines to the World Wide Web. In 1996 the Ateneo Computer Engineering Center was relaunched by the Ateneo as the Ateneo Information Technology Institute and established the Ateneo College of Government. In 1998, the Ateneo’s Rockwell campus, which presently houses the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, the Ateneo College of Legislation, and the Ateneo School of Authorities, was completed in Rockwell Center in Bel-Air, Makati. The Science Education Complex was finished in the Loyola Heights campus.
  • In 2,000, the School of Arts and Sciences which comprised the School and the Graduate School restructured into four Loyola Schools: the College of Humanities, the John Gokongwei College of Conduite, the School of Engineering and Science, and the School of Social Sciences. The Moro Lorenzo Sports Complicated was completed in the Loyola Heights campus. Midway during that senior school alumnus, that yr and Philippine President Joseph Estrada faced grave corruption charges associated with jueteng and financial plunder, an illegal numbers sport. The College hosted KOMPIL II and other businesses and movements in its Loyola Heights and Makati campuses.
  • In April 2002, the office of the College President proven Pathways to Degree-Philippines, one of the university's outreach initiatives, with the assist of the Ford and Synergeia Foundations. The yr also saw the Blue Eagles finish a 14-year drought in males basketball.[15]
  • In 2003, the Ateneo partnered with Gawad Kalinga in its formal, university-broad social action plan. In reaction to the typhoons and flooding that devastated the majority of the Philippine Island of Luzon the Ateneo introduced Task-Force Noah which has continued to contribute to disaster relief and rehabilitation efforts in places that include Calatagan in Mindoro and Guinsaugon in Southern Leyte. Also in 2004 the Ateneo earned the highest possible accreditation position, Level IV, from the Federation of Accrediting Companies of the Philippines and the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).[1-0][16] And the Ateneo celebrated the 145th anniversary of its founding and of the Jesuits' return to the Philippines, even while programs began for its sesquicentennial in 2009.
  • The Ateneo also established more tie-ups and foreign linkages, and started preparation for the Leong Heart for Chinese Studies in the university.[19]
  • Pangilinan Heart for Student Leadership Midway through 2006, the Manuel V Pangilinan Center for Pupil Leadership was completed.[2-2] The University also had groundbreaking for several tasks: the Ricardo Leong Hall to house several units of the Loyola Schools' College of Social Sciences, the Confucius Institute for Chinese Studies,[2 3][2 4] and the Ateneo School of Medication and Public Health facility in Ortigas. In December, the Ateneo launched AGAP-Bikol in co-Operation with other Jesuit-affiliated and civil society teams, in response to the devastation wrought by typhoons in the Bicol area.[25]
  • In October 2008, 6 6 faculty members from diverse departments, including members of the Theology Department, challenged the position of the Catholic Bishops Convention of the Philippines (CBCP) on the Reproductive Health Bill pending before the Philippine Congress, and declared that Catholics can help the RH expenses in good conscience. The expenses would encourage the use of contraceptives to provide the huge number of abortions in the country.[26] College President Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, S.J., explained that their position was perhaps not the state position of the college but that these faculty members had a right to express their views as personal Catholics and that there should be continuing efforts on the critical study and discussion of the bill among Church groups, a-T the college and in civil society.[27][28][29] In November 2008, the college began work on building a new Rizal Library facility.[30] In December, a new set of university dormitories was inaugurated.[3-1] The Ateneo High School was granted Level III accreditation by the PAASCU, the highest level in the country.[3-2]
  • In September and October 2009, pupils from the university organised Task Force Ondoy in reaction to Typhoon Ketsana. The task force conducted relief functions in several areas struck hard in Marikina Town, particularly from the typhoon.
  • In Might 2011, the university was granted Level IV Re-Accredited Position and Institutional Accreditation by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) through the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) and also the Philippine Accrediting Association of Universities, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), the first time that both citations were awarded into a university simultaneously.[33] In 2011 Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, S.J., retired from the presidency of Ateneo and was succeeded by Fr. Jose Ram-On T. Villarin, S.J. On November 2 5, 2011 the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) awarded the Ateneo d-e Manila Loyola Colleges Le Vel IV Re-accreditation for 2-1 academic programmes as well as Institutional Accreditation.



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