Ateneo de Davao University

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Ateneo de Davao University
Pamantasang Ateneo de Davao
The Jesuit university in the Davao Region, Philippines
Latin: Universitas Athenaea Davaensis
Former names
St, Peter's Parochial School
Ateneo de Davao (1948–1976)
Motto Fortes In Fide (I Peter 5:9)
Motto in English
Strong in Faith
Established 20 May 1948; 67 years ago (20 May 1948)
Type Private, Research, Teaching, Service University
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Chairman Manuel M. Orig
President Rev. Fr. Joel E. Tabora, S.J.
Vice-president Fr. Gabriel Jose T. Gonzalez, S.J. (Academic VP)
Principal Fr. Michael I. Pineda S.J.
(High School)
Headmaster Suzette D. Alino
(Grade School)
Academic staff
(665 full-time & 175 part-time)
Administrative staff
Students 4200 (Grade School)
2040 (High School)
Undergraduates 8025 (College)
Postgraduates 800 (Graduate School)
Location Davao City, Davao del Sur,  Philippines
7°4′20″N 125°36′47″E / 7.07222°N 125.61306°E / 7.07222; 125.61306Coordinates: 7°4′20″N 125°36′47″E / 7.07222°N 125.61306°E / 7.07222; 125.61306
Campus Jacinto main campus (Undergraduate/Graduate Schools and College of Law)
Matina annex campus (Grade School and High School)
Alma Mater Song "Blue Knight Song"
Colors Blue      and      white
Athletics DACS DCL DBL
Shakey's Girls' V-League UNIGAMES
Sports 32 varsity sports teams
- 10 men's college
- 10 women's college
- 6 boys' high school
- 6 girls' high school
Nickname Blue Knights
Mascot Blue Knight

The Ateneo de Davao University is a private teaching, service and research university run by the Society of Jesus in Davao City in the Philippines. It is also known by the acronym AdDU. It was established in 1948, and is the seventh Ateneo opened by the Jesuits in the Philippines. The university has five undergraduate schools, namely the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Governance, School of Engineering and Architecture, School of Education and the School of Nursing. The graduate programs are under these units as well. The College of Law is a separate unit within the university. The university also runs a grade school and high school.

The University was granted "Institutional Accreditation" by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities in which only six universities in the country were given such recognition,[1] and was also granted Autonomous Status by the Commission on Higher Education (Philippines).[2] In terms of university rankings, Ateneo de Davao University placed 201st in years 2009 and 2010 and belonged to the 301+ bracket and 251-300 bracket (5th in the country) in 2012 and 2014 respectively according to the rankings done by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) on top universities in Asia.[3][4][5][6] Also, the Ateneo de Davao joined the roster of world universities in the 2012 QS World University Subject Ranking for English Language and Literature joining Oxford and Harvard, wherein it landed on the 101-150 bracket.[7][8] In the national rankings done by the Commission on Higher Education and the Professional Regulation Commission based on cumulative data from 1991 to 2001 of average passing rates in all courses of all Philippine colleges and universities in licensure examinations, Ateneo de Davao University was proclaimed as the 5th top university in the country.[9] Locally, AdDU emerged as the top school in Davao City according to the ranking published by Davao Reader and also in another ranking by Davao Eagle Online which was based on the number of PRC board topnotchers in 2013.[10][11]


At the request of the Most Reverend Luis del Rosario S.J., Bishop of Zamboanga, which then included Davao, the Jesuit fathers took over St. Peter's Parochial School and founded the Ateneo de Davao in 1948. The founding fathers were led by Fr. Theodore E. Daigler S.J., who became the first rector of the school. The other founding Jesuits were Alfredo Paguia S.J., Grant Quinn S.J., Scholastics James Donelan S.J. and Rodolfo Malasmas S.J. On 20 May 1948, Ateneo de Davao was registered with the SEC (SEC Registration No. 3467) as a non-stock, non-profit, education institution.

When the Ateneo de Davao formally opened in 28 June 1948, it offered grades V and VI and 1st to 3rd year high school. There were 71 elementary students and 131 high school students who started in a wooden building on a six-hectare lot in Matina.

The Jacinto campus (3.5 hectares) was obtained in 1951 with the support of the Most Rev. Clovis Thibault, P.M.E., Bishop-Prelate of Davao. The campus provided classrooms for high school students in the daytime and college courses in the evenings. College course offerings then were liberal arts, commerce, education, associate in arts, pre-law, secretarial and an elementary teacher's certificate program. There were 130 male college students on the July 1951 start of the College Department, and they were housed in the wooden Bellarmine Hall. In 1953, the Ateneo de Davao College became co-educational. By then, there were nine collegiate course programs offered.


Finster Building

The Ateneo de Davao is governed by a board of trustees, currently chaired by Manuel M. Orig. The central administration is led by the university president, Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ. who has several committees and councils at hand in helping him in the overall governance of various concerns and aspects of the university.

The tertiary level has six units, each headed by a dean. The School of Arts and Sciences is headed by Fr. Daniel J. McNamara, SJ. The School of Business and Governance is headed by Dr. Arlene Lorejo-Cosape, LLB. The School of Engineering and Architecture is headed by Dr. Randell U. Espina. The School of Education is headed by Dr. Gina Lapaza-Montalan. The School of Nursing is headed by Dr. Patria V. Manalaysay, RN. The Law School is headed by Dean Manuel Quibod. The High School unit is currently headed by Fr. Michael I. Pineda, S.J. as principal. The Grade School unit of the university is headed by its headmaster, Mrs. Suzette Aliño.[12]

University campus[edit]

The Ateneo de Davao University operates in two campuses in Davao City with both housing several research and academic units. The 4-hectare Jacinto Campus is a metropolitan campus as it is situated in the central district of the city. The Jacinto Campus was only 3.5 hectares when it was bought in 1951. In 2012, an adjacent lot of 0.5 hectare was added to the original lot. It is occupied by the undergraduate and graduate schools of the university, including the College of Law and has a student population of around 8000. The grade school and high school units of the university are located at the 7.2-hectare Matina Campus, a residential area of the city. The Matina campus was originally a 6-hectare lot. In 2012, an adjacent lot of 1.2 hectares was added.

Academic institutions[edit]

Finster Hall

The Ateneo de Davao offers a wide array of programs in the undergraduate and graduate levels. The school's academic programs include the humanities, education, accounting, business, law, social sciences, philosophy, nursing, social work, theology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and information technology, engineering, architecture, and public administration.[13] The university also heavily engages itself in research and community social involvement.

Undergraduate and graduate units[edit]

School of Arts and Sciences[edit]

The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) was opened in 1951 with 130 students enrolled in various offerings namely: liberal arts, commerce, education, associate in arts, pre-law, secretarial, and elementary teacher's certificate program. In subsequent years, other college programs were added. After the school obtained university status in 1977, the list of programs was further expanded.[14]

At present, the SAS offers different degree programs both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The SAS is subdivided into four clusters namely: Computer Studies, Humanities and Letters, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social Science - each administered by an Assistant Dean.

Each division has its own unique mascot, namely: Chameleon (Computer Studies), Wolf (Humanities and Letters), Falcon (Natural Science and Mathematics), and Dragon (Social Science).

School of Business and Governance[edit]

School of Business and Governance

The undergraduate business courses of the Ateneo de Davao University were under the School of Arts and Sciences; the MBA, MPA and MAN programs were under the graduate business programs and the MPA-GA program was under the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In an effort to have all the business courses integrated, the AdDU School of Business & Governance (SBG) was born.[15]

The SBG was launched in April 1, 2000. Under its aegis are accountancy, business management, entrepreneurship, human resource management, finance, accounting technology, marketing and graduate business programs as well as support programs in computer literacy and research and extension offices.[13]

The SBG at the undergraduate level is subdivided into two divisions, namely, the Accountancy Division which offers the Accountancy and Accounting Technology programs, and the Business Management (B&M) Division which offers seven academic programs namely: Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management, and Marketing.

The Graduate Business and Governance program offers master's degrees in Business Administration (MBA), Public Administration (MPA) and Public Administration - Government Administration (MPA-GA). Doctorate programs are: Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) and Doctor in Public Administration (DPA).

AdDU belongs to the top 10 best performing Accounting schools in the Philippines. The rankings were based on schools performance in the Board exams administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) during the 2008–2010 period. Ateneo ranked eighth in the list. It is the only school in the Davao Region which made it to the list.[16] AdDU was also proclaimed by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Development for its business program.

The Accountancy Division's mascot is the Griffin while the B&M's mascot is the Viper.

School of Nursing[edit]

The university has been offering a master's degree program in Nursing Administration since the 1970s. It opened an undergraduate nursing program in 2001. The program started under the auspices of the Natural Sciences and Math Division, and eventually became the School of Nursing (SON).

In 2009, the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) released a list of the top 20 nursing schools in the Philippines that have met the standards set by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). The School of Nursing of the Ateneo de Davao University was in the 18th place of the Top 20 Nursing Schools in the Philippines.[17]

The SON's mascot is the Panther. The School of Nursing is currently under the leadership of Dean Patria Villacorta-Manalaysay, RN, MAN, Ph. D. It has produced thousands of nurses who are providing holistic nursing care within the context of Ignatian education around the world.

The Graduate School of Nursing is also one of the best in the region. Its faculty is composed of nursing executives namely:

Patria Villacorta - Manalaysay, RN, MAN, Ph. D Vilma L. Comoda, RN, MAN, Ph. D, CSEE - Chief Nursing Officer, Southern Philippines Medical Center 'Rosemarie J. Basanes, RN, MAN - Nurse V, Department of Health Regional Office XI

School of Engineering and Architecture[edit]

In school year 2010–2011, the Board of Trustees of the university approved the separation of the Engineering and Architecture Division from the School of Arts and Sciences in order to create its own college, namely the College of Engineering and Architecture. Dr. Randell U. Espina was appointed as the first dean of the new college. The board approved the promotion from CEA to School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA) effective June 1, 2012.[18]

The SEA, at present, offers eight academic programs, namely: Architecture, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

In 2011, AdDU was adjudged the seventh best engineering school in the country. This ranking was derived by getting the average of the school's rating in the licensure examinations in five engineering fields namely Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, Civil and Electronics & Communications Engineering.[19] The Ateneo de Davao was also ranked as the 4th best Architecture school in the country. This was also based on the passing percentage rates of the school on board examinations administered by the Professional Regulation Commission for Architecture in three consecutive years.[20]

The SEA's mascot is the Tiger.

School of Education[edit]

During the school year 2012–2013, the board approved the separation of the Education program from the Social Science Division as part of the reorganization of the School of Arts and Sciences in order to create the School of Education (SOE). Dr. Gina L. Montalan is the school's first appointed dean.

The SOE offers the following programs: Bachelor of Elementary Education (Generalist and Pre-School) and Bachelor of Secondary Education with majors in English, Math, Physical Sciences, Social Studies, and Biological Sciences.

The Ateneo de Davao University's Teacher Education is also recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Development.

The SOE's mascot is the Shark.

Professional unit[edit]

College of Law[edit]

In June 1961, then-Rector Rev. Hudson Mitchell, S.J. established the College of Law. The first graduates took the bar examinations in 1965. Atty. Leon M. Garcia, Jr. was Dean for the period 1961–63. He was succeeded by Epifanio Estrellado who held the deanship for 27 years. In 1990, Atty. Hildegardo F. Iñigo, one of the first graduates of the College of Law and faculty member since 1967, assumed the position of dean.

According to the Supreme Court of the Philippines, the AdDU College of Law is the fifth best law school in the country. The College has maintained this for many years.[21][22]

Basic education units[edit]

The government mandated K-12 basic education program was implemented at the Ateneo de Davao starting with school year 2012–13.

High School[edit]

Blue Knight Statue

The Junior High School Unit of the Ateneo de Davao University is a Catholic preparatory school for young students. The current principal of the department is Fr. Michael I. Pineda, S.J. He assumed the post in 2011, replacing Fr. Anthony C. Pabayo, S.J.[23]

The Junior High School Unit has its main library housed on the second floor of the administration building.[24] The unit also has a Student Development Center which serves a supporting function in the educational process through the directing and controlling activities to help each individual develop his/her potential. Some of the goals of the center are incorporated in the academic curriculum which include individual analysis of the student, information and career development, individual counseling, and the conduction of psychological educational classes regularly.[25] There are also other unique support services in the Junior High School unit. The Instructional Media Center (IMC) aims to provide an environment, which facilitates the realization of the academic excellence and the formation of Christian values. The IMC provides an adequate collection of print and audio-visual materials which includes books, magazines, records, videotapes and other materials that are all necessary for the academic development of the student body.[26][27]

As part of the Jesuit educational tradition, the Junior High School also provides religious formation programs, such as the Christian Service and Learning Program (CSLP, formerly called CSIP), which sends students to different communities in order to immerse in the environment and reach out. The academic curriculum also includes a CLE (Christian Life Education) program.[28] The 4-year CLE course aims to produce an Ateneo graduate who projects the Jesuit values of being men and women for others and who will actively serve as catalysts for social transformation while living life with an informed Christian perspective.[29]

The Junior High School classifies its students into honors (St. Francis Xavier) and general sections (St. John Berchmans, St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Francis Borgia, St. Peter Canisius, St. Edmund Campion, St. Noel Chabanel (Freshmen year), St. John de Brito, St. Peter Favre, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Isaac Jogues, St. Stanislaus Kostka, St. Joseph Pignatelli, St. Bernadino Realino (Freshmen year), St. John Francis Regis). All entering freshmen are equally put into regular sections. Starting sophomore year, the students are then academically evaluated in order to determine the composition of the honors class of the batch. Their curriculum is more advanced and rigorous than that of the regular sections. An example of this would be in the math curriculum in which additional competencies are added like analytic geometry (2nd year level), trigonometry (3rd year level), and calculus (4th year level).[30]

Grade School[edit]

The Ateneo de Davao Grade School is an elementary school for young and qualified students. The Grade School Unit is housed, along with the high school unit, within the Matina Campus. The department also provides the student body with many support services. The grade school’s Student Development Center offers integral development programs which subsequently helps in the holistic formation of the student.[31] The Grade School Instructional Media Center (IMC) is the information center of the Ateneo de Davao Grade School Department. The center attempts to fulfill the needs of the grade school community supplying books, learning materials, programs and services for academic, personal and individual enrichment.[32] The department also has the Ateneo Education for Elementary Gifted Student (Ateneo EDGES Program) which admits intellectually gifted elementary students and engages them with a more rigorous academic program in order to maximize their learning potentials and make the students become more critical, creative, and independent.[33]

School seal[edit]

The Ateneo de Davao 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 inverted crossed keys which represent the former name of the school, St. Peter's Parochial School, the picture of Mt. Apo, a volcanic mountain in the Davao region and the name Ateneo de Davao.

The Ateneo Name[edit]

The word and name Ateneo is the Spanish form of Athenæum, which the Dictionary of Classical Antiquities defines as the name of "the first educational institution in Rome" where "rhetoricians and poets held their recitations." Hadrian’s school drew its name from a Greek temple dedicated to Athena, the goddess of wisdom. The said temple, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica, was where "poets and men of learning were accustomed to meet and read their productions."

Athenæum is also used in reference to schools and literary clubs. The closest English translation is academy, referring to institutions of secondary learning. The Society of Jesus in the Philippines established several other schools, all named Ateneo, since 1865, and over the years, the name "Ateneo" has become recognized as the official title of Jesuit institutions of higher learning in the Philippines.[citation needed]

Admissions and financial aid[edit]

The different units of the Ateneo de Davao have their own criteria for admitting students into their respective programs. The High School Department requires all applicants to submit their academic report card and a recommendation accomplished by a principal, guidance counselor or class adviser. In addition, the applicant must pass the Ateneo Qualifying Test (AQT).[34] For the undergraduate programs, applicants are required to take and pass the Ateneo College Admissions Test (ACAT). Moreover, the Admissions Committee of the university does not only look at the scores garnered by the applicant in the ACAT but it also considers different factors such as, but not limited to, high school academic performance, recommendations, application materials, essays, and interviews.[35]

The university offers various financial aid programs in its different units. The Ateneo College Scholarship Program under the College Scholarship Committee offers financial assistance to deserving but financially needy students.[36] Scholarship grantees are selected based on academic competence, financial need, and commitment to service.

Library system[edit]

The library system of the Ateneo de Davao University comprises several libraries housed in the Jacinto Campus and the Matina Campus. The main library of the tertiary level is located inside the Gisbert Hall, in the Jacinto Campus. The main library has four levels and mainly serves the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Governance, and the College of Nursing.[37] The first level of the main library accommodates the space for the study area, newly processed books, general circulation books, CD-ROM library, PROQUEST, and the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). The second level contains the Union Card Catalog and the Graduate and Reserved Sections which contain theses, dissertations, and other studies that are requested by the members of the faculty for their classes. The third level includes the Reference and Filipiniana Library and a self-regulating computer library for the students. The fourth level houses the Periodical Library which provides a vast collection of current and retrospective newspapers, magazines, and journals.

The Law School and School of Business and Governance Graduate Library is located on the fifth floor of the Dotterweich building. Its vast collection largely caters to law students and graduate students who are enrolled in the Master of Arts in Business Administration (MBA), Master in Public Administration (MPA) and Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) programs.[38]

The Faculty Resource Center (FRC) is located on the second level of the Finster Hall. The resources in the FRC are exclusively used by the faculty members of the university. It also contains its own computer laboratory.[39]

Also integrated in the library system of the Ateneo de Davao are the distinct libraries of the pre-school, grade school, and high school departments. The said three libraries are all located in the Matina Campus. The Ateneo de Davao Library System is connected to the library system of its sister schools all over the Philippines namely Ateneo de Manila University, Ateneo de Naga University, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, and the Ateneo de Cagayan University (Xavier University).

The American Corner (AC), or the "American Library" as it is widely known in the city, is located on the second level of the Wieman Hall. More details in the section below.[40]

American Studies Resource Center[edit]

The American Studies Resource Center or the American Corner (AC) of the Ateneo de Davao University was established on May 12, 1992. In 2003, it was closed for renovation and improvement of the facilities under a new Memorandum of Agreement which was duly signed by Mr. Ronald Post of the US Embassy and Fr. Edmundo M. Martinez, S.J.. The aim of the center is to fortify the American Studies Program of the university, provide various materials and resources about the United States in different aspects, as well as advising services for those individuals who want to study in the United States. The American Library boasts an array of books, periodicals, CD-ROMs, videotapes, VCDs, DVDs, posters and publications of private and public American organizations and agencies.

Service oriented[edit]

University Chapel

Some of the university’s projects and initiatives include the “Arrupe Program” under the Social Involvement Coordinating (SICO) in which the students are immersed in a marginalized community. In coordination with the socio-civic organization Gawad Kalinga, students and faculty members volunteer to build houses for internally displaced people.

The College of Law has several pro bono programs under the office of the Ateneo Legal Aid Services. Students in the graduate programs of the School of Business and Governance help in creating business plans and entrepreneurial opportunities for non-profit organizations in the city. For the School of Arts and Sciences graduate programs, most of the academic courses are focused on environment, education, and peace in its various academic course programs.[41]

Accreditation and recognition[edit]

In 2009, Ateneo de Davao was granted "institutional accreditation" by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).[42] Only six universities in the Philippines were granted and it is the only university in Mindanao to have been given such recognition. The Ateneo de Davao University joins five other universities in the Philippines that have been granted with such accreditation namely, Ateneo de Manila University,[43] Ateneo de Naga University, Centro Escolar University, Silliman University and Trinity University of Asia.[44] AdDU was also given Autonomous Status by the Commission on Higher Education[2] and is also a Center of Development for Information Technology and Teacher Education.[45]

The Ateneo de Davao University has been re-accredited Level III in 8 programs which are: Accounting, Arts & Sciences, Business, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Civil Engineering and Chemical Engineering and is accredited Level III for Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities and the Federation of Accrediting Associations in the Philippines. The Information Technology and Information Systems programs of AdDU were both granted Level I accreditation and is a Center of Development of CHED XI. Certificates of Accreditation from PAASCU were also awarded to the following programs offered by the Ateneo: Arts & Sciences, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Business, Accounting, Engineering (Civil, Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical), Information Technology/Information Systems and Social Work. Some programs offered by the university are also under the Candidate Status of PAASCU.[46][47] In addition, the Elementary and High School of AdDU are also accredited by the same accrediting association and got level II accreditation.

Rankings and reputation[edit]

  • Based on international rankings, the Ateneo de Davao University placed 127th in the Asian region, according to an academic peer review survey done by the QS 2009 Asian University Rankings. According to the same survey, the university ranked 153rd based on recruiter reviews and 201st in the overall ranking.[48][49][50] Also based on the survey of the QS Asia University Rankings in years 2010, 2012 and 2014, Ateneo de Davao placed 201st,[51] and belonged to the 301+ bracket and 251-300 bracket of the Asian ranking respectively.[52][53]
  • Ateneo got into the list of the QS World University Rankings for 2013 per subject area in Higher Education Institutions in the country. AdDU topped in 4 subject areas in the QS ranking specifically in Arts & Humanities: English Language and Literature, Engineering & Technology: Computer Science and Information Systems, Psychology and Sociology joining other universities in the country namely the Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas and Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology.[54]
  • The Ateneo de Davao joined the roster of world universities in the 2012 QS World University Subject Ranking for English Language and Literature joining Oxford and Harvard, wherein it landed on the 101-150 bracket.[55][56]
  • In the national rankings done by the Commission on Higher Education and the Professional Regulation Commission based on cumulative data from 1991 to 2001 of average passing rates in all courses of all Philippine colleges and universities in licensure examinations, Ateneo de Davao University was proclaimed as the 5th top university in the country.[9]
  • On a review and ranking by 4International Colleges and Universities - an international higher education directory and search engine which reviews accredited world universities and colleges, which was updated in 2014, Ateneo de Davao University got the 14th spot in the list of Top Universities in the Philippines. The ranking is not academic, rather, it is based upon an algorithm including three unbiased and independent web metrics extracted from three different search engines. The significance of such ranking according to 4ICU is to help international students and academic staff to understand how popular a specific university or college is in a foreign country.[57]
  • Based on the research and web survey of the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2014 - produced by Cybermetrics Lab (CCHS), a unit of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the main public research body in Spain, Ateneo de Davao landed on the 14th spot in the list of the top universities in the Philippines.
  • On a local survey of Davao Reader, a Davao City Online Magazine, Ateneo de Davao is the top school in the city and is the most preferred school by company heads and owners in getting personnel and professionals to work for their companies. According to Davao Reader, "Ateneo de Davao University has made a mark by letting the name and, most importantly, the product speak for itself. It has produced many Board and Bar top-notchers, successful businessmen and public servants and countless more in other fields. It seems this university has always delivered the “cream of the crop”. It has been always a benchmark for many if not all companies in Davao City".[10]

Board exams[edit]

May 2013, an Ateneo de Davao graduate, Richard Saavedra, topped the Certified Public Accountants Licensure Examination by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Saavedra got a rating of 96.00%.[58] The following month, two Ateneo graduates were in the Top 10 of the June 2013 Architecture Licensure Examination. Kenneth Hubiera Yap was the topnotcher with a rating of 86.00%. Making it to the 4th place was Clarissa Segura who got a rating of 84.90%.[59] Also in the same month, another Ateneo graduate, Carl Christian Agunod BSN batch 2013, placed 7th in the June 2013 Nurses Licensure Examination with a rating of 85.40%.[60] On the same year, a graduate of AdDU made it to the 5th place of the September 2013 Licensure Exams for Teachers (Elementary). Kyth Dyan Lee garnered an average score of 89.20% in the said examination administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).[61] Ateneo de Davao graduates Geric Namoc and Vicenzo Liu Lao also topped the December 2013 Electronics Technician and Electronics Engineering Licensure Examinations. Namoc topped the examination for ECT and Lao placed 3rd for both ECT and ECE Licensure Examinations administered by the Professional Regulation Commission.[62][63]

January 2014, Karla Bernadine Paras Bulaclac made it to the eighth (8th) spot for the Nursing Licensure Exam garnering an average rating of 84.80% on the said examination.[64] March of the same year, 5 AdDU graduates topped PRC's Real Estate Broker Licensure Exam. Jerry Catague was ranked on the 3rd place having an average of 83.25%, on the 7th place was Wyna Lumanag who garnered an average of 82.25%, Lilibeth Mayquilan on the 8th place (82.00%) and in the 9th place was Cyril Cole and Christian Reyes who both got an average of 81.75%.[65]

Ateneo de Davao University emerged as the top performing school in Davao based on the number of PRC board topnotchers in 2013 in a research conducted by Davao Eagle Online.[11] In addition, Ateneo de Davao University is consistent in getting a school performance average in terms of passing rate higher than that of the national passing rate in every academic discipline set by PRC and the Supreme Court of the Philippines on board and bar examinations. It emerged as the top performing school in Davao based on the number of PRC board topnotchers in 2013 in a research conducted by Davao Eagle Online.[11]

Student organizations[edit]

The Samahan Central Board, also referred to as SAMAHAN, is the official student government of the university. Together with the Campus Clubs Organization (CCO) and the General Assembly of Class Presidents (GACP), the Samahan Central Board is under the supervision of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA).[66]

The Campus Clubs Organizations (CCO) has the mandate on all student organizations within the university, except the Special Organizations created by the Office of Student Affairs. The GACP has the mandate for all duly elected class presidents.

University athletics[edit]

The Ateneo de Davao has a robust sports program in college, high school and grade school. The university has varsity teams in the sport of basketball, football, volleyball, track & field, table tennis, swimming, arnis and chess. It participates in athletic leagues such as the Davao Association of Catholic Schools Sportsfest (DACS), Davao Champions League (DCL), Duterte Basketball League (DBL), Davao City Collegiate League (DCCL), UNIGAMES and the Shakey's Girls' V-League.

Student publications[edit]

The student publication of the college department of the university (excepting the College of Law) is the Atenews. Founded in 1955, Atenews serves as a stalwart guardian of students' rights from its inception up to the present. Notable alumni of the Atenews include Dr. Macario Tiu, three-time awardee of the Don Carlos Palanca Award for Literature and former moderator for the publication.

The grade school and high school's student publications are Magis and Blue Knight, respectively.

University radio station[edit]

Blue Knights FM (94.7 MHz), the official radio station of the university, was launched in January 2008 [1]. The station serves as a training ground for Mass Communication majors. Blue Knights FM airs from 10 AM - 12 NN, Monday to Saturday. The station is located inside the Humanities Division. Blue Knights uses the frequency of Mellow Touch FM 94.7 MHz.

Notable alumni[edit]

Ateneo de Davao has produced graduates in the fields of arts, governance, law, medicine, media, service and science. Here are some of its notable alumni:

Building expansions[edit]

In June 2012, the plans for the Community Center and Multi-purpose Sports and Assembly building were unveiled to the public through Architect Christopher Ong. In October 6 of the same year, the ground breaking ceremony took place to officially commence the construction of the buildings.

The 12-story Community Center will be the city's tallest educational tower. The Multipurpose Hall will be the biggest student service center so far at seven stories.

The Ateneo Community Center features a plaza on the first and second floors, which will include a study complex for students and lounges, student organization offices and conference rooms. Spaces on the upper floors will be allocated for faculty, researchers, outreach institutes and centers. The ninth floor will be dedicated to the university’s guests. The tenth floor will be the residence of the local Jesuit community. The Community Center will have a rainwater collection system and an array of solar panels that will power the Center’s lighting system.

The Multipurpose Hall will house a 350-car parking facility, four basketball courts that can double as an assembly hall for around 3,500 people, a theater stage, a jogging track, a gym, swimming pool, tennis and volleyball courts, and other sports facilities.

Construction will take approximately two years. There is also an ongoing construction of a parking-lot building in the Matina Campus.

The Community Center & Assembly Hall.
Rendering of Community Center & Assembly Hall


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