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Coordinates: 8°28′33″N 124°38′47″E 8.475715, 124.6464372


Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan

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      • Corrales Avenue, Cagayan De Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Philippines 9000
    • Telephone Numbers: +638822) 723116 (+6388) 8583116
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History & Memorable Moments

  • Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan was founded in 1933 by Fr James TG Hayes SJ, Superior of the Philippine Jesuit mission and initial Bishop and Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro. In the next 11 years, the two-storey wooden construction along Burgos Street that schooled 17 high school male students mushroomed into several buildings on Corrales Avenue with 614 students. This studentry came from the present high school, from the faculty department that was added in 1938 with course offerings in Liberal Arts, Education, and Commerce, and in the Grade School established in 1940. The chemistry laboratory was initially utilized to extract quinine for the government forces. Later on, the campus was utilized as the North Mindanao headquarters of their Japanese troops as soon as they entered Cagayan de Oro on May 2, 1942.
  • Soon after Cagayan de Oro was freed from Japanese forces, the faculty was decreased to rubble when on September 9, 1944 American planes started bombing Cagayan de Oro. "Those liberators wrecked the town of Cagayan and its own wharves. After the day was above the old transit revealed our faculty in ruins, the century old cathedral gone, and the lovely house of the Bishop a pile of concrete," composed Fr Edward Haggerty SJ, then Rector of Ateneo de Cagayan. His successor Fr Andrew F Cervini SJ saw to the reconstruction of the school. Through their efforts and with the aid of foreign and local benefactors, the school reopened in 1946 with the usual classes held in partially restored buildings.
  • By 1946, collegiate app offerings included Bachelor of Arts, Pre-Legal, and Commerce. The Graduate School was opened in 1948.
  • At March 1958, two years after Fr Francisco Araneta SJ became Rector, Ateneo de Cagayan was awarded the university status, It was on August 27, 1958, that Ateneo de Cagayan was inaugurated as a university and was, thenceforth, known as Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, in honor of St Francis Xavier, Jesuit missionary to the Indies and companion of St Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.
  • Fr Francisco Araneta SJ further described the change of name "merely crystallized an old spirit that consistently had become the spirit of Ateneo schools, the soul of learning and service, the spirit of purposeful scholarship."
  • Sticking to the demands of a fast developing Northern Mindanao, Xavier University opened and much more courses, becoming the top educational institution in the region and the main training ground for leaders and professionals.
  • A two year Pre-Engineering training course, started in 1957, finally became a 4-year course together with the opening of this College of Engineering in 1981. In consonance with the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) plan to establish Master Pilot Structure Training Center, Xavier University launched the Center for Industrial Technology (CIT). In June 1983, classes for three-year technical program began. The Computer Center started its program offerings in 1993.
  • The Nursing and Medicine programs now have their own base hospital, the Maria Reyna - Xavier University Hospital, in partnership together with the Sisters of St Paul de Chartes and also the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro. In the global arena, Xavier has linkages with universities and associations in the united states, Asia and Europe through its Office of International Networking and Cooperation.
  • The University has been closely involved with the existence and growth, concerns and issues of Cagayan de Oro City and Northern Mindanao. Under the leadership of Jesuits, the University undertook various improvements in countless locations. Improvements in the school's intellectual life were created; more marriages were granted, and much more emphasis was given to investigate pursuits and social involvement.
  • The Research Institute to get Mindanao Culture (RIMCU) has been established in 1957 to conduct researches on Mindanao, its cultures, issues and concerns. In 1963, the University Journal "Kinaadman" started publishing articles and research on Mindanao, and has since been well-received locally and internationally.
  • As a University, Xavier has played with an active role in the growth of both Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao, responding to the needs of its people whenever potential. Since 1963, the Southeast Asia Rural Social Leadership Institute (SEARSOLIN) has been forming and generating rural social development leaders in Asia. Committed to the appreciation, preservation, and enrichment of Filipino culture and heritage, Xavier established the Philippine Folklife Museum and Archives, now Museo de Oro, in 1968, getting the nation's first folkloric museum. At May 2014, the University opened the XU Marine Station in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental under the management and supervision of this McKeough Marine Center to encourage researches and training sessions in marine ecological research.
  • The University has evolved its components and experience to a all-inclusive Research and Social Outreach (RSO) cluster which encompasses both college-based and non-college based applications on research and outreach applications being executed by established units. The RSO thrust of the University draws advice from the XU Vision and Mission and in the Society of Jesus Social Apostolate (SJSA). Through the RSO cluster, XU affirms its dedication to the Church and the Filipino people by sharing its resources and expertise especially in the five thematic areas of engagement, namely: (1) Food Security; (2) Health; (3) Environment; (4) Governance; and (5) Peace.
  • Central to Xavier Education is the religious and social formation of its own community members. Facilitated by the Office of Mission and Ministry, the University has institutionalized a collaborative and integrated formation program, which includes spiritual formation, psycho-emotional creation, physical wellness and sociocultural formation for pupils, faculty, staff and alumni.
  • In 2007, Xavier launched the Xavier Center to get Culture and also the Arts from the desire to donate to the growing and appreciation of Philippine and Mindanao civilization, considered as a potent instrument for social transformation. At 2013, the university's 80th Ruby Jubilee year, XU renamed its chapel as the University Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a testament of its service to the native Church and the increased community.
  • Xavier exhorts its students to be more open to religious growth and to comprehend the merits of Jesuit Education. Programs such as the First Year Formation Program (FFP) and Spiritual Studies include community exposures to supplement classroom discussions. Other formation units include the Campus Ministries, which provides pupils and faculty with retreats and recollections; the Kristohanong Katilingban sa Pagpakabana -Social Involvement Office (KKP-SIO), which promotes social engagement and advocacy; and the Office of Student Affairs, which manages the pupils' leadership formation.
  • In December 2011, when news of the devastation of Typhoon Sendong broke out, Xavier University reacted by launching Operation: Tabang Sendong to give relief to those who were affected by the flash flooding. Xavier mobilized an average of 1,500 volunteers per day and served almost 40,000 families wanting assistance. Xavier also provided five hectares of its property in the uptown village of Lumbia to serve as resettlement and relocation area for the typhoon survivors. The resettlement site called Xavier Ecoville is envisioned to be a community of answerable citizens that care for one another, for Cagayan de Oro and to get the environment. Xavier Ecoville was blessed in 2013 in an event known as "Hope Festival." All throughout the encounter of Sendong, XU faculty, staff, students and alumni showed their hearts of cura personalis.
  • Xavier University-Ateneo p Cagayan is thus a product of a rich history. But more importantly, it's a product of an encompassing commitment to address the needs of the Church, the global community and the Filipino people. In the minds perhaps of all those who contribute to Xavier's present standing is Ignatius' vision; and within their hearts, Francis Xavier's burning desire to spread the good.
  • Currently, Xavier runs on five campuses: the Agriculture extension, the new campus of the Center for Integrated Technologies in Manresa, the High School and also Grade School Annex in Pueblo de Oro, the Grade School campus in Macasandig, and the main tertiary campus on Corrales Avenue.
  • The main campus residences the schools of Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Engineering, Agriculture, and Computer Studies, as well as the schools of Business and Management, Education, and Graduate programs, and the professional schools of Law and Medicine.
  • Xavier University continues to address the intellectual and spiritual needs of its students, the folks of North Mindanao, and its particular neighboring regions. As an academic institution, Xavier has continually shown exemplary performance in education, research and public service. Xavier now has Centers of Development in Teacher Education, Agriculture, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and Electronics and Communications Engineering, and Literature. Likewise, the University has Level IV PAASCU accreditation for Liberal Arts, Sciences and BS Chemistry Programs, Business Administration and Accountancy Programs, and Elementary and Secondary Education Programs, Level III for the Agriculture Program, and Level II for Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Industrial, Mechanical Engineering and Basic Medical Education Programs as well as recovering "Full Autonomy" from CHED until 2014.
  • Xavier University also has been further its thrusts of greater administration, stronger formation and greater societal engagement. Each unit and department has been clustered into either Academic, Mission and Ministry, Research and Social Outreach or Fundamental and Technical Education to address the growing scale and complexity of the operations of the University.
  • As Xavier prepares for the 2015 ASEAN Economic Integration, it envisions being a top ASEAN university engaged in educating, creation, and research and social outreach, promoting the pursuit of wisdom and reality, conversation with religions and cultures, and care for the surroundings and creation.


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