Saint Louis University (Philippines)

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Saint Louis University
Unibersidad ti San Luis
Saint Louis University (Baguio) logo.jpg
Latin: Universitas Sancti Ludovici
Motto Sapientia Aedificat (Latin)
Motto in English "Wisdom Builds"
Established 1911
Type Private University
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,
 Philippines
Campus Main Campus (6 has.)
Maryheights Campus (8 has.)
Gonzaga Campus (5 has.)
Navy Base Campus (5 has.)
Alma Mater song "Saint Louis Hymn"
Colors White      and      Blue
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
Website www.slu.edu.ph
Saint Louis University Centennial Year Emblem.jpg
SLU Centennial Year Emblem

Saint Louis University is regarded as one of the Philippines' respected and leading educational institutions that has grown with the demands of the current and future environments for its students and faculty alike.

Around two hundred fifty kilometers north of Manila lies Baguio City, known to be the "Summer Capital of the Philippines" that enjoys temperate climate all year round. From a village resort established by the Americans, Baguio has become the Northern Philippines' center of business and commerce as well as the center of education. Saint Louis University has played a pivotal role in the evolution of the City into a center for learning in the North.

Today, SLU is the largest university north of Manila with 31, 653 university students from many backgrounds (not counting the elementary and high school) as of school year 2014-2015. Its reputation for excellence attracts students and scholars not only from the Philippines but from other countries as well. It has sustained itself since 1911 to become one of the top centers of academic excellence in the Philippines that meet international standards in tertiary education. 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 six 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 and School of Humanities.

History[edit]

In 1907, the CICM missionaries arrived in the Philippines, mandated by the Vatican to Christianize the northern part of the country.[1] 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.[2]

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:

Dates Rectors/Presidents
1952-54 Gerard Decaestecker
1954-62 Albert Van Overbeke
1962-64 Gerard Linssen
1964-76 Paul Zwaenepoel
1976-83 Ghisleen De Vos
1983-96 Joseph Van den Daelen
1996–2005 Paul Van Parijs
2005–present Jessie M. Hechanova


University seal and Motto[edit]

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" [3]

Academic profile[edit]

Undergraduate Programs[edit]

School of Accountancy and Business Management[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSAc)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Business Economics (BSBA Bus Econ)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Financial Management (BSBA Finman)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Human Resource Development Management (BSBA HRDM)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Marketing (BSBA Mktg)
  • Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship (BS Entrep)
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality And Tourism Management-Hotel, Resort And Restaurant Management (BSHTM HRRM)
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality And Tourism Management-Travel And Tours Management (BSHTM TTM)
  • Bachelor of Science in Management Accounting (BSMA)
  • Associate in Accounting Technology (AAT)

School of Computing and Information and Sciences[edit]

  • Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT)
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (BS MATH)

School of Engineering and Architecture[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS ARCH)
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSCHE)
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE)
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE)
  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering (BSECE)
  • Bachelor of Science in Geodetic Engineering (BSGE)
  • Bachelor of Science in industrial Engineering (BSIE)
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering (BSMecE)
  • Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering (BSEM)

School of Humanities[edit]

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication (BA COM)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies (BA LS)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (BA PIS)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English (BA ENGL)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (BA POLIT SC)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious and Values Studies (BARVS) (New Course)
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BS PSYCH)
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BS S WK)

School of Natural Sciences[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (BS BIOL)
  • Bachelor in Medical Laboratory Science (BMLS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BS PHARM)
  • Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology (BSRT)

School of Nursing[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

School of Teacher Education[edit]

  • Bachelor of Elementary Educ with specialization in General Education (BEED GEN ED)
  • Bachelor of Elementary Educ with specialization in Pre-School Education (BEED PRE SCHL)
  • Bachelor of Elementary Educ with specialization in Special Education (BEED SPED)
  • Bachelor of Elementary Educ major in Tech & He (BEED THE)
  • Bachelor of Elementary Educ major in Values Educ (BEED VAL)
  • Bachelor of Secondary Educ major in Biological Sciences (BSED BIOL SCI)
  • Bachelor of Secondary Educ major in English (BSED ENGL)
  • Bachelor of Secondary Educ major in Filipino (BSED FIL)
  • Bachelor of Secondary Educ major in Mathematics (BSED MAT)
  • Bachelor of Secondary Educ major in Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (BSED MAPEH)
  • Bachelor of Secondary Educ major in Physical Sciences (BSED PHYS SCI)
  • Bachelor of Secondary Educ major in Social Studies (BSED SS)
  • Certificate in Teaching

Post-Graduate Programs[edit]

School of Law[edit]

  • Bachelor of Law (LLB)

School of Medicine[edit]

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Graduate Programs[edit]

School of Accountancy and Business Management[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Management (PHD MGMT)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science in Accountancy (MSAc)
  • Master of Science in Business Adm (MSBA)
  • Master of Science in Public Management (MSPM)

School of Computing and Information and Sciences[edit]

  • Master in Information Technology (MIT)
  • Master of Science in Service Management Engineering (MS SME)

School of Engineering and Architecture[edit]

  • Doctor of Engineering in Environmental Sciences and Engineering - Research Track (D Eng Env E)
  • Doctor of Engineering in Informatics -Research Track (D Eng Info)
  • Doctor of Engineering in Urban Planning - Research Track (D Eng Ur Pl)
  • Master of Arts in Environmental and Habitat Planning (MA EHP)
  • Master of Engineering Program major in Chemical Engineering (MEP ChE)
  • Master of Engineering Program major in Electrical Engineering (MEP EE)
  • Master of Engineering Program major in Electronics Engineering (MEP ECE)
  • Master of Engineering Program major in Industrial Engineering (MEP IE)
  • Master of Engineering Program major in Mechanical Engineering (MEP ME)
  • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MS EN E)
  • Master of Science in Management Engineering (MSME)
  • Master of Science in Mountain Engineering (MS MtE)
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering Major in Geotechnical Engineering (MSCE)

School of Humanities[edit]

  • Master of Arts in Philosophy (MA PHILOS)
  • Master of Arts in Religious Studies (MA RELG STDS)
  • Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling (MS GC)
  • Master of Science in Psychology (MS PSYCH)

School of Natural Sciences[edit]

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biology (PHD BIOL)
  • Master in Biological Sciences (MBS)
  • Master in Environmental Sciences (MES)
  • Master in Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Science in Biology major in Plant Biology (MS BIOL)
  • Master of Science in Biology major in Microbioal Biology (MS BIOL)
  • Master of Science in Biology major in Animal Biology (MS BIOL)
  • Master of Science in Environmental And Conservation Biology (MS ECB)
  • Master of Science in Medical Technology (MSMT)
  • Master of Science in Pharmacy (MS PHARM)

School of Nursing[edit]

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing - Research Track (PhD Nursing)
  • Masters In Nursing (MN)

School of Teacher Education[edit]

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management (PHD EM)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Language Education (PHD LANG ED)
  • Master of Arts in Education major in Early Childhood Education (MAED ECED)
  • Master of Arts in Education major in Filipino Education (MAED FIL ED)
  • Master of Arts in Education major in Inclusive Education (MAED IE)
  • Master of Arts in Education major in Language Education (MAED LANG)
  • Master of Arts in Education major in Mathematics Education (MAMED)
  • Master of Arts in Education major in Science Education (MAED SCI)
  • Master of Arts in Educational Management (MA EM)
  • Master of Arts in Special Education (MA SPED)
  • Master of Science in Physical Education And Sports (MSPES)
  • Master in Library and Information Technology (MALIT)


High school[edit]

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.

Elementary school[edit]

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.

Student publications[edit]

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.


Research[edit]

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).[4]

CICM system of schools[edit]

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

International and National Awards/ Recognitions[edit]

  • PARTNER UNIVERSITY-ASEAN International Mobility for Student(AIMS)
  • FULL AUTONOMY STATUS(2001-2006, 2007-2012 and extended up to December 31, 2014 granted by the Commission on Higher Education/CHEd)
  • Institutional Quality Assurance through Monitoring and Evaluation(IQuAME) Category A (teaching university)

granted by CHEd

  • CHEd Center of EXCELLENCE for:
     -Teacher Education
  • CHEd Center of DEVELOPMENT for:
     -Accountancy Education
     -Chemical Engineering
     -Civil Engineering
     -Electronics Engineering
     -Entrepreneurship Education
     -Information Technology Education
     -Mechanical Engineering
     -Nursing Education
  • LEVEL 3 PAASCU-ACCREDITED PROGRAMS
  • 2008 CHEd'S BEST IN STUDENT WELFARE AND SERVICES
  • Recipient of the 2013 PAARL Outstanding Academic/Research Library Award(Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians)
  • Cultural center of the Philippines(CCP) Partner as Regional Art Center and/or University Art Associate for 2013-2016
  • ESTABLISHED INTERNATIONAL LINKAGES
  • Ranked 1st Outside Metro Manila and 3rd Nationwide(Based on the compilation of Statistics on the Performance of Schools in various Licensure Examinations by the Educational Statistics Task Force,ESTF)

Facilities[edit]

SLU - Devesse Building, Maryheights Campus

References[edit]

  1. ^ CICM Missionaries
  2. ^ CICM Missionaries
  3. ^ http://www.slu.edu.ph/index.php/facts-and-figures/university-seal
  4. ^ SLU research