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Adamson University
Pamantasang Adamson
Seal of Adamson University.png
Former names
Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry
Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry and Engineering
Motto Thee Thy Will;
Education with a Heart;
Veritas in Caritate
("Truth in Charity")
Established 20 June 1932 (82 years and 311 days)
Type Private, Roman Catholic, Vincentian
Academic staff
Students 17,160 (S.Y. 2012-2013)
Location Manila, Philippines
Campus Urban 4.7 hectares
Colors Adamson colors.svg Blue and White
Nickname Adamson Soaring Falcons
Mascot (Adam, Sonny, and Sonia)

Adamson University (AdU) is a private and Catholic university in Manila, Philippines, founded on June 20, 1932 by Greek immigrant George Lucas Adamson as the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry. On February 5, 1941, the school was granted university status by the Department of Education, and on December 4, 1964, the university was turned over to the Vincentian Fathers of the Congregation of the Mission (C.M.) and was incorporated into the Adamson-Ozanam Education Institutions, Inc. Adamson University is also a Member of the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP).[1] Its patron saint is Saint Vincent de Paul.

Adamson University has programs in Graduate School, Law, the Liberal Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Pharmacy, Architecture, Business Administration, Education, as well as secondary, elementary, and preparatory education. Adamson University has eight courses listed as Centers of Development and Centers of Excellence by the Commission on Higher Education and has been granted Autonomous status.[2]

Adamson University has been included in the top 201+ universities in Asia through Quacquarelli Symonds Asia University Rankings 2011.[3][4] This makes Adamson University as top 9 in the rankings nationwide and top 5 in the Metro Manila area.


Fr. Rolando S. Dela Goza, C.M. (first Filipino President of Adamson University, Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Mission, now Archivist of St. Vincent Seminary, author of "Vincentians in the Philippines: 1862-1982" and former Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education (Philippines)).
Fr. Gregorio Lapus Bañaga, Jr., C.M. 5th President of Adamson University from 2003- present.

Dr. George Lucas Adamson, a Greek chemist from Athens, founded the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry (ASIC) on June 20, 1932 to train young men and women along the lines of practical industrial chemistry. It started as a one-classroom school that evolved into the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry and Engineering (ASICE) on February 19, 1936. Upon approval by the Secretary of Public Instruction of its application for university status on February 5, 1941, it became known as Adamson University (AdU).

George Lucas’s cousin, Alexander Athos Adamson came to AdU shortly after to help the fledgling school. Alexander joined the administration on July 15, 1932, serving at one time or another as Vice President, Treasurer and Registrar. Much later, Alexander’s brother George Athos Adamson also came on board in 1934, becoming the School Dean, Dean of the College of Engineering and professor. Evdoxia Savaides Adamson, wife of George Lucas, started working and teaching in the University in 1939, then served as Dean of the College of Education and of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Sofia Adamson, George Athos’s wife, taught in the College of Education after arriving in 1939 and briefly served as Directress of the Junior Normal College. Except for George Athos and Sofia who left after the war, all the Adamsons remained working in the University until its turnover to the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers of the Congregation of the Mission in 1964. George Lucas Adamson served as President until 1967, for a total of 35 years, including a three-year holdover stint at the assumption of the Vincentians as administrators. [5]

Presidents of
Adamson University
Dr. George Lucas Adamson
1932 - 1967
Fr. Leandro I. Montañana, C.M.
1967 - 1985
Fr. Rolando S. Dela Goza, C.M.
1985 - 1994
Fr. Jimmy A. Belita, C.M.
1994 - 2003
Fr. Gregorio L. Bañaga, Jr., C.M.

Before finally settling on its permanent home along San Marcelino Street in 1946 after the war, the school stayed in three different locations: Sta. Cruz (1932-1933), San Miguel (1933-1939) and Intramuros (1939-1941). In San Marcelino, the University expanded with the acquisition of the Meralco building in 1968 and the St. Theresa’s College-Manila campus in 1977, both just across the street.

Leandro I. Montañana, C.M., a Spanish Vincentian was the second President and first under the Vincentian administration. He served in that capacity until 1985 when Rolando S. de la Goza, C.M., the first Filipino university president, succeeded him and served until 1994. Next came Jimmy Belita, C.M., president until 2003 and was succeeded by the current president, Gregorio L. Bañaga, Jr., C.M.

Although best known for its chemistry and engineering programs, Adamson gradually added architecture, sciences, pharmacy, business, education, liberal arts, law, graduate school, basic education, and theology courses as it grew bigger. The transfer of ownership in 1964 incorporated the University into the Adamson-Ozanam Educational Institutions, Inc. and led to its transition from a secular to a Catholic institution. St. Vincent de Paul, founder of the C.M., was declared University Patron Saint and the motto Veritas in Caritate (Truth in Charity) was adopted. A new vision was articulated, basically that of offering affordable quality education especially for the socially disadvantaged—one not substantially different from that of the Founder’s who wanted to help Filipinos gain a livelihood by offering a maximum amount of practical education in a minimum amount of time. To keep up with the challenges and demands of the time, the University responded by offering information systems and technology, nursing, customs administration, hospitality management, and physical education courses.

The 21st century saw the University gaining a series of achievements under the leadership of Bañaga. The University was declared a historic site by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in 2007 during its celebration of its diamond jubilee. A marker was placed in front of the campus’ St. Vincent Building, the oldest edifice in the University, to commemorate this history.

In 2010 the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) granted the Autonomous status and certification for the Institutional Monitoring and Evaluation for Quality Assurance (IQuAME) to the University after passing CHED’s rigorous evaluations and visits. The Autonomous status means that Adamson University will have more autonomy or independence in its administration, decision making and implementation; have the privilege to offer new programs and distance courses, among others; and the authority to grant an Honoris Causa to those deserving following CHED’s provisions for granting honorary degrees.


Francis Regis Clet Building
Saint Vincent Hall

Adamson University is located in San Marcelino Street, Ermita in Manila. The Technological University of the Philippines, Santa Isabel College Manila, Emilio Aguinaldo College, and Philippine Normal University are its nearest neighbors. Adamson University has seven buildings occupying 10.7 hectares of land:

  • Saint Vincent Building is the main building and houses the College of Law, Computer Science Department,Information Technology and Graduate School.
  • Saint Therese Building is the former site of Saint Theresa's College, which was absorbed into Adamson University. Within its grounds are the Saint Therese Quadrangle, Botanical Garden, Adamson University Chapel and Speech Laboratory. It houses the Vice President for Student Affairs' Office, College of Education and Liberal Arts, College of Sciences, College of Pharmacy and College of Business Administration.
  • Cardinal Santos Building, formerly owned by Meralco, currently houses the University President's Office, the Registrar's Office, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice Presidents for Finance's Office and the College of Architecture.
  • Ozanam Building houses most of the university's technical laboratories and the College of Engineering and its departments.
  • John Perboyre Building has classrooms and an audio-visual room
  • Saint Francis Regis Clet Building houses the University's Basic Education Department
  • Father Leandro Montañana Building houses the University Library on the first three floors and the College of Nursing.

Other facilities:

  • Adamson University Gymnasium is the training center for the athletic sport team Adamson Falcons for any extramural events especially in University Athletic Association of the Philippines and other athletic sport events inside the country.
  • Adamson University Student Center
  • Adamson University Theater where all the University's cultural activities take place. It houses the Art Gallery and the Integrated Community Extension Service.
  • Plaza de San Vicente houses the Falcon Radio Station and the Gallery Cafe
  • Saint Vincent Hall
  • Falcon Bridge connects the Cardinal Santos Building, Saint Theresa Building, Father Leandro Montañana Building and Ozanam Building.

Student life[edit]

Entrance, Taft Avenue


The following are autonomous organizations and publications but the office extends them editorial and technical advice:

  • The Adamson News. The Official Institutional Publication of Adamson University
  • The Adamson Chronicle. The Official Student Publication of Adamson University
  • Touchstone. Quarterly Magazine of Adamson University
  • The Helping Professional. Refereed Journal of the Center for Guidance, Counseling, Testing, & Placement Services
  • The Falcon Bridge. The Official Alumni Newsletter of Adamson University
  • Ugnayan. The Official Publication of the Recognized Student Organizations of Adamson University
  • Politique. The Official Publication of the Political Science Students' Bloc of Adamson University
  • Fashion and Passion. The Official Publication of the Adamson University Fashionista Society
  • Daloy. Journal of the College of Sciences of Adamson University
  • Pananaw. Journal of the Graduate School of Adamson University
  • Papyrus. The official newsletter of the Adamson University Mass Communication Society
  • Processor. The official newsletter of the Association of Computer Engineering Students in Adamson University
  • The Disclosures. The official publication of the Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants - Adamson University
  • The Mentor. The official newsletter of the College of Education of Adamson University
  • Transline. The official publication of Adamson University Electronics Engineering Students Society


  • College of Architecture
  • College of Business Administration
    • Accountancy
    • Banking and Finance
    • Hospitality
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Office Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Electronics Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mining, Geology, and Ceramics Engineering
    • Chemical Process Technology
  • College of Law
  • College of Liberal Arts
    • Filipino
    • English and Foreign Language
    • Physical Education
    • Social Science
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Information Technology and Management
  • Graduate School
  • St. Vincent School of Theology
  • Basic Education


Politics and governance[edit]


Arts, culture, religion and entertainment[edit]


  1. ^ "History". Adamson University. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  2. ^ "CHED awarded Adamson University Deregulated Status". Retrieved 2014-11-01. 
  3. ^ "QS World University Rankings". Topuniversities. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ [2][dead link]

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Coordinates: 14°35′10″N 120°59′10″E / 14.58611°N 120.98611°E / 14.58611; 120.98611