Saint Louis University (Philippines)
|Saint Louis University|
|Unibersidad ti San Luis|
|Latin: Universitas Sancti Ludovici|
|Motto||Sapientia Aedificat (Latin)|
|Motto in English||"Wisdom Builds"|
|Religious affiliation||CICM Roman Catholic|
|President||Jessie M. Hechanova|
|Principal||Allan Padan, (Grade School)
Ronaldo Pontanosa, (High School)
|Students||30,000++ (elementary, secondary, and tertiary)|
|Location||Baguio City, Benguet,
|Campus||Main Campus (6 has.)
Maryheights Campus (8 has.)
Gonzaga Campus (5 has.)
Navy Base Campus (5 has.)
|Alma Mater song||"Saint Louis Hymn"|
|Affiliations||Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning
International Federation of Catholic Universities
International Federation of Catholic Universities
International Association of University Presidents
Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities
Saint Louis University (abbreviated as SLU and colloquially called eSLU) is a private teaching university in Baguio, Philippines, approximately 250 km north of Manila. The school was established in 1911 by the Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae missionaries, to further Christianize the northern Philippines. SLU is one of the largest universities north of Manila with 30, 274 university students from many backgrounds (not counting the elementary and high school) as of school year 2013-2014. It is centrally situated in a six-hectare campus in the heart of Baguio City and has more than 30 buildings.
The university offers a full array of programs at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels. The university comprises nine schools or colleges with campuses throughout the Baguio metropolitan area. SLU's main campus is on A Bonifacio Street where the seven schools are housed while the Maryheights Academic Campus houses the School of Accountancy and Business Management and the Navy Base Campus the School of Teacher Education.
University seal and Motto
The colors of Saint Louis University are white and blue, the colors of the Blessed Virgin Mary. White symbolizes the earth and man. Blue signifies heaven and God. The big golden cross in the middle of the shield represents the Christian faith that the school aims to spread to all corners of the earth symbolized by the four small crosses. Superimposed on the golden cross is the stylized lily that is associated with Saint Aloysius (Louis) de Gonzaga, the patron saint of the school. The big sword across the shield expresses vigilance and perseverance. The rugged mountains behind the sword signify the obstacles that SLU strives to surpass in bringing the light of truth in the darkness of ignorance. The Light of the North. The year 1911 shows the foundation date while the motto on the lower part of the seal, "Sapientia Aedificat", expresses the belief of its founders that "wisdom builds" 
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SLU is one among only fifteen private higher education institutions nationwide granted with Autonomous status. Autonomous status allows universities to design their own curricula, offer new programs and put up branches or satellite campuses without having to secure permits, confer honorary degrees, and carry out operations without much interference from the Commission on Higher Education or CHED. CHED regularly updates the list of Autonomous institutions. The distinction was renewed for the period of November 15, 2007 to November 14, 2012 and has been extended up to May 31, 2014 pending the conduct of consultation on key reforms aimed to rationalize the higher education system in the Philippines.
The programs offered by the colleges are accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). Several colleges were given distinctive awards by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED):
- School of Accountancy and Business Management - Centers of Development for Accountancy & Entrepreneurship Education
- School of Engineering and Architecture - Centers of Development for Chemical, Civil, Electronics and Mechanical Engineering and CHED Pilot Center for Graduate Program in Engineering
- School of Information & Computing Sciences - Center of Development for Information Technology.
- School of Natural Sciences - CHED Pilot Center for Graduate Program in Biology.
- School of Nursing - Center of Development for Nursing Education
- School of Teacher Education - Center of Excellence for Teacher Education
Saint Louis University - Laboratory High School (SLU-LHS) was formerly Saint Louis University - Boys' High School. SLU-LHS became coeducational in 2003. Originally in the Gonzaga building, it is now located at the Navy Base campus. Although administered freely from the SLU system, there are some private high school that links itself with the university through academic and research exchanges. They are Saint Louis High School - Philex (SLHS-Px), Saint Louis School of Aurora Hill (SLAH), Saint Louis High School Pacdal (SLP) and Saint Louis School Center.
Saint Louis University - Laboratory Elementary School (SLU-LES) is in Gen. Luna St., Baguio City. The elementary campus is beside the college campus, thus making some buildings of the former be used by College of Education (Gonzaga Building). Fr. Ghisleen De Vos Building and Fr. William Brasseur Building are used by the grade school pupils.
White & Blue is SLU's official student publication. It is named after the color representation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to which the CICM is associated. It is run by college students and is under the supervision of the publication adviser from the SLU administration.
There are two annual publications: Sapientia, a black-and-white themed magazine tackling current and relevant events and a literary folio, Kuwaderno.
In 1907, the CICM missionaries arrived in the Philippines, mandated by the Vatican to Christianize the northern part of the country. The missionaries settled in Baguio because of its proximity to Manila and the mountain province of Benguet beyond the Cordillera mountain range, that was home to numerous indigenous tribes. In 1911, Rev. Fr. Séraphin Devesse, CICM, founded a one-room elementary school in Baguio for ten local boys, naming it the Saint Louis School.
In 1915, the St. Louis School expanded, becoming a vocational and trade school. In 1915 the school opened a secondary branch. In 1952, the combined efforts of Msgr. William Brasseur and Rev. Fr. Rafael Desmedt founded Saint Louis College, then consisting of three departments: Education, Liberal Arts, and Commerce and Secretarial.
In 1955, the graduate-level programs of Saint Louis College were granted recognition. The real turning point came on 13 May 1963, when Saint Louis College was conferred University status by the Philippine government. The school started with only 75 students with Gerard Decaestecker, CICM, as the first rector. Other courses and developments soon followed under the guidance of the following rectors/presidents:
|1954-62||Albert Van Overbeke|
|1976-83||Ghisleen De Vos|
|1983-96||Joseph Van den Daelen|
|1996–2005||Paul Van Parijs|
|2005–present||Jessie M. Hechanova|
In the 1990's, the school purchased desktop computers. These clunky computers that run on Microsoft 2000 are still being used in the present. These computers are joyously filled with viruses that the university thinks every flash drive must have. Maintaining and cleaning the computers of viruses is such a difficult job, after all. The administration does not feel the need to replace them. The University's library boasts a vast collection of decades old books. These books are so antique that students handle them very carefully in fear of accidentally tearing the books' moldy pages. New books are rare and mostly only exist in the dreams of the students. The university's laboratories also have a wide selection of rusty and broken lab materials. Often, students have to buy their own materials just to be able to perform experiments. How the school manages to squander the Lab fees that students pay is beyond amazing.
This paragraph was added in the hopes that SLU will take it as a wake up call and improve their facilities. The students deserve a conducive learning environment. They deserve to enjoy the services that they and their parents are paying for.
SLU's research units are as follows: Business Research Extension and Development (BREAD), Engineering Urban Planning Laboratory (EUPL), Environmental Research Laboratory (ERL), Information and Communications Technology Research Laboratory (ICTRL), Natural Sciences Research Unit (NSRU) and SLU Cordillera Research and Development Foundation (SLU-CRDF).
CICM system of schools
Other school campus include:
- Saint Louis College, San Fernando City, La Union
- University of Saint Louis, Tuguegarao City
- Saint Mary's University, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
- Saint Louis School College- Cebu, Mandaue City, Cebu
- Maryhurst Seminary, Baguio City
- Maryhill School of Theology, Quezon City
- Maryshore Seminary, Bacolod City
- Saint Louis College of Bulanao, Tabuk City, Kalinga
Notable students and alumni
- Mario Victor F. Leonen, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
- Eric de Guia' award-winning movie director, actor and writer; aka Kidlat Tahimik
- Rustom Padilla, TV/movie actor; aka Bebe Gandanghari
- Mark Angelo Cielo +, television actor and presenter; Starstruck Ultimate Male Survivor and Sole Survivor
- Alexander Bangsoy, CEO, Goshen Land Capital
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- Saint Louis University Saint Louis University Official Website
- University Population
- CICM Missionaries
- CICM Missionaries
- SLU research
- Marky Cielo