Ateneo de Naga University

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Ateneo de Naga University
Pamantasang Ateneo de Naga
ADNU seal.png
The Jesuit university in the Bicol region, Philippines
Latin: Universitas Athenaea Nagensis
Motto Primum Regnum Dei (Latin)
Motto in English First, the Kingdom of God
Established 1940
Type Private Research University
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Chairman Monico V. Jacob
President Fr. Primitivo E. Viray Jr., S.J.
HS Principal Tita S. Natividad
Academic staff 377
Admin. staff 306
Students 1,500 (High School)
Undergraduates 5,000
Location Naga City, Camarines Sur,  Philippines
13°37′48″N 123°11′3″E / 13.63000°N 123.18417°E / 13.63000; 123.18417Coordinates: 13°37′48″N 123°11′3″E / 13.63000°N 123.18417°E / 13.63000; 123.18417
Campus Main campus - Bagumbayan Sur (College)
Bonoan campus - Barangay Pacol, (Grade School and High School)
Former names Camarines Sur Catholic Academy (1935-1939)
Ateneo de Naga (1940-1998)
Alma Mater Song "The Regnum Dei"
Colors Blue      and      Gold
Athletics Naga City Inter-Collegiate Basketball Tournament
Sports Basketball Volleyball Football Swimming Chess Table Tennis Lawn Tennis Badminton
Nickname Golden Knights
Mascot Golden Knight
Affiliations AJCU-AP JBEC ASEACCU CEAP COCOPEA
Website www.adnu.edu.ph

The Ateneo de Naga University is a private and research university run by the Society of Jesus in Naga City in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. It is also known by the acronym AdNU. It was established in 1940, and is the fourth ateneo opened in the Philippines by the Jesuits. Typical of universities in the Philippines, AdNU has primary, secondary and tertiary levels which are coeducational. However, it was only in school year 2014-15 that the Ateneo de Naga opened its grade school.

History[edit]

Early History[edit]

The Ateneo de Naga University began in 1940 when the American Jesuits took over the Camarines Sur Catholic Academy, a small private school ran by the Diocese of Nueva Caceres, at the invitation of the bishop of the diocese. The Jesuits changed the name of the school to Ateneo de Naga. During its first year, Ateneo de Naga included the intermediate grades (grades 4-6) of elementary school. In 1941, however, the elementary school students were transferred to the nearby school ran by the Daughters of Charity, a religious order for women, and the Ateneo was solely an all-male high school up to school year 1946-47. The college department opened with 87 male students in June 5, 1947. Six years later, in October 26, 1953, the college became coeducational with the admission of five female students.[1]

Recent History[edit]

The Graduate School which had a brief existence in the seventies, was revived in 1993. In 1997, the Ateneo expanded into four colleges, namely: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Commerce, the College of Education and the College of Information Technology and Engineering. In 2001, the College of Computer Studies was established.

University status

The Ateneo de Naga was granted university status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on November 11, 1998. The inauguration as a university was held February 20, 1999, Raul Bonoan, S.J. was the first university president.

Expansion

From 1947 to 2003, the college and high school were located in the same campus. The Bagumbayan campus became crowded when AdNU became a university. Student population grew as the university added more undergraduate programs and built more buildings. In the early 2000s land in Barangay Pacol, Naga City was donated to AdNU. This property became the new home of the high school in the summer of 2003. Also in 2003 the high school became coeducational and the first female students were enrolled.[2]

Up to the year 2013, Ateneo de Naga was the only ateneo without a grade school. In June 4, 2014, AdNU opened its grade school at the Bonoan campus in Pacol, Naga City. Initially for school year 2014-15, Ateneo de Naga accepted grade one to three students. Classes are being held in provisional classrooms until the completion of the new grade school building. Construction of the new kindergarten facility (the Ateneo Child Learning Center) also on the Pacol campus has been completed in 2014 and is being used starting school year 2014-15.

Undergraduate programs[edit]

Four Pillars
  • College of Arts and Science
  • College of Business and Accountancy
  • College of Computer Studies
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Nursing[3]

Beloved Jesuits[edit]

There are Jesuits who served the Ateneo de Naga for an extended period and contributed much to the growth of the school. Some have been honored by the school by naming buildings and places after them.

These include the late John Joseph Phelan, S.J., the longest serving Jesuit with more than 40 years, for whom the science building was named.[4] The library was named after another long-serving Jesuit, the late James J. O'Brien, S.J..[5]

An academic building, Burns Hall, is named after the late Francis D. Burns, S.J., the first school rector who led the establishment of the Ateneo de Naga in 1940.[6]

In 2013, the Board of Trustees honored two deceased Jesuits who contributed to the development of Ateneo de Naga. In June 5, 2013, during the re-dedication of the Pacol Campus it was renamed Fr. Raul Bonoan, S.J. Campus and the high school building was named after Michael Rooney, S.J.[7][self-published source?] Earlier in September 12, 2012, a building in the college campus in Bagumbayan was named after Raul Bonoan, S.J., the university's first president.

There are buildings named after Jesuits who did not serve in Ateneo de Naga. The convention hall is named after Pedro Arrupe, S.J., the 28th superior general of the Jesuits (1965–83), and the conference hall after Richard Michael Fernando, a Jesuit scholastic who sacrificed his life to protect his Cambodian students from a grenade blast.[8] The building housing the offices of the student organizations office building in named after the patron saint of the university, St. Francis Xavier.

School seal[edit]

The Ateneo de Naga seal is similar to the seals of four other ateneos. It is circular and the school motto in Latin is on top of the circle with the name of the school at the bottom of the circle. At the center are the shield of the family of St Ignatius of Loyola and the seal of the Society of Jesus. It is differentiated from the seals of the other four ateneos by the six stars which represent the six provinces of the Bicol region and the name of the Ateneo.[9][10]

School motto[edit]

The school motto the Latin phrase, "Primum Regnum Dei" means "First the Kingdom of God" from the Bible verse - Matthew 6:33 "Seek first the kingdom of God and His justice and all things shall be added unto you".[3]

Recognition[edit]

In 2001, Ateneo de Naga was among the first 22 private higher education institutions granted deregulated status for a period of five years by CHED. AdNU's various colleges were also given recognition by CHED. In 2007, CHED re-designated the College of Computer Studies as a Center for Development for Excellence in Information Technology Education and designated the College of Commerce as Center of Development in Business Administration and a Center of Development in Entrepreneurship. In the same year, CHED also identified the Graduate School as a delivering institution for its Faculty Development Program. On June 2, 2008 CHED granted Ateneo de Naga autonomous status and approved the designation of the College of Education as a Center of Excellence in Teacher Education.[citation needed]

Accreditation[edit]

On May 25, 2009, the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) granted institutional accreditation to Ateneo de Naga, a first for a private educational institution.[11] The Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) certified AdNU's institutional accreditation on June 22, 2009.

University press[edit]

The Ateneo de Naga has operated an academic publishing house since 2012. It publishes the university research and accepts outside manuscripts that have been evaluated.[12]

Student publication[edit]

The official tertiary student publication of the university is "The Pillars" which was founded in 1961.[13] The high school student publication is The Blue and Gold.

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