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Ateneo de Manila University
Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila
Ateneo de Manila University seal.svg
Latin: Universitas Athenaea Manilensis
Former names
Escuela Municipal de Manila (1859–1865)
Ateneo Municipal de Manila (1865–1901)
Ateneo de Manila
MottoLux in Domino (Latin)
Motto in English
"Light in the Lord"
TypePrivate Catholic Research Non-profit Coeducational Basic and Higher education institution
EstablishedDecember 10, 1859
(160 years and 114 days)
Religious affiliation
Catholic Church (Society of Jesus)
Academic affiliations
ChairmanErnesto Tanmantiong
PresidentJose Ramon Villarin
Vice-presidentNemesio S. Que
(VP for Administration)
Anthony Ceasar C.Pabayo (VP for Basic Education)
Maria Luz C. Vilches
(VP for the Loyola Schools)
Antonette Palma-Angeles
(VP for the Professional Schools)
Jose F. Santos
(VP for Finance)
PrincipalMa. Victoria Panlilio-Dimalanta
(Senior High School)
Jose Antonio P. Salvador
(Junior High School)
HeadmasterEmerito Salustiano R. dela Rama
(Grade School)
Academic staff
approx. 1,000
Administrative staff
Students14,206 (university level)
Other students
approx. 6,500 (grade school and high school)
Katipunan Ave., Quezon City
, ,
14°38′20″N 121°4′40″E / 14.63889°N 121.07778°E / 14.63889; 121.07778Coordinates: 14°38′20″N 121°4′40″E / 14.63889°N 121.07778°E / 14.63889; 121.07778
CampusMain campus:
Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Satellite campuses:

  • Ateneo Professional Schools – Rockwell Center
  • Ateneo Professional Schools – Salcedo Village
  • Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health – Ortigas Center
Alma Mater SongA Song for Mary
Patron saintsVirgin Mary
(under the title of the Immaculate Conception)
St. Ignatius Loyola
ColorsBlue      and      White
NicknameVarsity team names:
Blue Eagles
(College men's varsity teams)
Lady Blue Eagles
(College women's varsity teams)
Blue Eaglets
(High School boys' varsity teams)
Lady Blue Eaglets
(High School girls' varsity teams)
Sporting affiliations
Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup
SportsVarsity sports teams:
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Badminton
  • Chess
  • Fencing
  • Judo
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
MascotBlue Eagle
Ateneo Seal with text.png

The Ateneo de Manila University (Filipino: Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila; Spanish: Universidad Ateneo de Manila), also known simply as the Ateneo de Manila or Ateneo and abbreviated as AdMU, is a private Catholic Jesuit research university in Quezon City, Philippines. Founded in 1859 by the Society of Jesus, Ateneo is the third-oldest university in the Philippines.

Ateneo offers elementary and junior high school education exclusively to male students, while its senior high school and college are co-educational. In college, both undergraduate and graduate programs are organized into four schools, collectively known as the Loyola Schools, which are located at its main campus at Loyola Heights along with the Grade School, Junior High School and Senior High School. Four professional schools occupy other campuses throughout Metro Manila. Students of Ateneo are often referred to as Ateneans (Filipino: mga Atenista).

Ateneo undergraduates follow a Catholic-rooted liberal arts curriculum throughout their programs in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, or Business Management. The Commission on Higher Education has recognized its units in biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, information technology, entrepreneurship education, English literature, philosophy, sociology, psychology, and business administration as Centers of Excellence while the communication, electronics engineering, environmental science, history, Filipino literature, and political science units have been declared Centers of Development. The Loyola Heights campus also hosts two chemistry research centers: Philippine Institute of Pure and Applied Chemistry (PIPAC) and National Chemistry Instrumentation Center (NCIC).



Ateneo offers programs at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Its academic offerings include the arts, humanities, business, law, the social sciences, philosophy, theology, medicine and public health, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering, environmental science, diplomacy, and government, with forty-eight Bachelor of Arts (AB), Bachelor of Science (BS), and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees at the undergraduate level. At the postgraduate level there are forty-four Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MS) degrees, six Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs, two Master of Laws concentrations, one Master of Public Management (MPM) degree, two professional Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Juris Doctor (JD) programs, and twelve Doctor of Philosophy degrees. As is common in the Philippines, the primary medium of instruction is English, with a few classes taught in Filipino. Aside from teaching and research, the Ateneo de Manila also engages in social outreach. Known for its liberal arts tradition, the humanities are a key feature of Ateneo education at all levels of study. In 2015, QS Top Universities placed the university's undergraduate programs 461st in the world and 114th in Asia.[1]

Professional schools[edit]

The Ateneo Professional Schools (APS) is the main professional education division of Ateneo de Manila, and comprises the following four schools. The Ateneo Graduate School of Business offers a variety of Master of Business Administration concentrations, including a Master in Health Services Administration. The Ateneo Law School confers the Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees. The Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, opened in 2007, offers an integrated Doctor of Medicine and Master of Business Administration program.[2] The Ateneo School of Government confers the Master in Public Management and Ph.D. in Leadership Studies degrees. The professional schools also confer certificates for short courses.[3]

Loyola Schools[edit]

Xavier Hall, administration

Loyola Schools offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts and sciences. It confers the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. It is composed of four schools, the School of Humanities, the John Gokongwei School of Management, the School of Science and Engineering, and the School of Social Sciences.

A key feature of the Loyola Schools is a liberal arts undergraduate core curriculum, required for all undergraduates. It includes philosophy, English and Filipino literature, theology, history, various branches of social sciences, and a community service component. Ateneo follows the semester hour system common in American universities. Most classes are held below 40 students and student discussion is encouraged. The Loyola Schools' programs are geared toward student-centeredness.[4][5] Ateneo was one of the first schools in the Philippines to enact a Magna Carta for Undergraduates.[4][6]

The Commission on Higher Education has designated several departments and programs of the Loyola Schools as Centers of Excellence (COEs) and Centers of Development (CODs).[7][8] Ateneo has Centers of Excellence in: Business Administration, Chemistry,[9] English, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology and Sociology. It has Centers of Development in Biology, Environmental Science and Filipino.

John Gokongwei School of Management School of Humanities School of Science and Engineering School of Social Sciences
  • Department of Finance and Accounting
  • Department of Leadership and Strategy
  • Department of Marketing and Law
  • Department of Quantitative Methods and Information Technology
  • Department of English
  • Kagawaran ng Filipino
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Theology
  • Department of Modern Languages
  • Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Department of Fine Arts

Basic education[edit]

Chapel of the Holy Guardian Angels in the Grade School, looking up the aisle

Ateneo de Manila Senior High School ("ASHS") is a Catholic senior high school for both male and female students. The high school was originally male-only but due to the K-12 program, Ateneo opened its doors to female students in the senior high school level.[10]

It includes the original 3rd year and 4th year level (now called 'grade 11' and 'grade 12' respectively) of the old Ateneo High School curriculum. In terms of curriculum options, the ASHS offers all four strands of the K-12 program's Academic Track: 1.) the Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM) Strand; 2.) the General Academic (GA) Strand; 3.) the Humanities and Social Sciences (HumSS) Strand; and 4.) the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Management (STEM) Strand.[11] The ASHS currently occupies the new senior high school building topped off in 2016.[12]

Carmela "Mel" Oracion, EdD served as the first principal of Ateneo de Manila Senior High School. She served as principal for SY 2016–2017 and SY 2017–2018. She was replaced by Maria Victoria "Bitchik" Panlilio-Dimalanta as principal for SY 2018–2019.[13]

Ateneo de Manila Junior High School ("AJHS"), originally called 'Ateneo de Manila High School,' was established to comply with the country's K-12 education system. The former Grade School grade 7 of the old Ateneo Grade School curriculum is now the grade 7 of the AJHS and the original 1st year, 2nd year and 3rd year levels of the old Ateneo High School curriculum are now called the 'grade 8' 'grade 9' and 'grade 10' of the AJHS. It currently occupies the old Ateneo High School campus.[14]

The AJHS follows the 'cluster system' (or 'house system' in English parlance). The AJHS is divided according to the following four clusters: 1.) the Cardoner Cluster [consisting of four grade 7 sections, four grade 8 sections, four grade 9 sections, and four grade 10 sections]; 2.) the La Storta Cluster [consisting of four grade 7 sections, four grade 8 sections, four grade 9 sections, and four grade 10 sections]; 3.) the Montserrat Cluster [consisting of three grade 7 sections, four grade 8 sections, four grade 9 sections, and three grade 10 sections]; and the Pamplona Cluster [consisting of three grade 7 sections, three grade 8 sections, three grade 9 sections, and three grade 10 sections]. The clusters are named after special places in St. Ignatius's life. Each cluster has dedicated class moderators, subject teachers, guidance counselors, immersion coordinators, and staff to cater to the specific needs of the students. The cluster is led by a Cluster Coordinator who serves as a mini-principal to the cluster and organizes a variety of activities such as the Cluster Advancement Program (CLAP) along other programs.[15]

AJHS offers the following subjects as part of its curriculum: Araling Panlipunan, Arts, Christian Living Education, Computer Education, English, Filipino, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, and Science. English, Filipino, Mathematics, and Science offers a regular program and an honors program. Students who choose to pursue the honors program are pulled out from their sections and are put in a separate class with a more advanced program.[14]

The AJHS student body is governed by the Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Nakababatang Mataas na Paaralang Ateneo de Manila (Sanggu-JHS). The Sanggu-JHS is led by a chairman, alongside three vice-chairs who supervises each branch of the Sanggu-JHS. These branches include the following: the Assembly of Class Officers or the ACO (which involves the governance of all class officers in each section and batch), the Council of Student Organizations or the CSO (which involves the governance of all officers in each org and 'groups of orgs' known as villages), and the Athletics Council or the AthC (which involves the governance of all varsity officers and 'groups of varsities' known as blocs). The chairman and the other three vice-chairs are aided by a Sanggu-JHS Secretary-General and a Finance Officer.[14]

The AJHS campus has one library, the Instructional Technology Center, the Tanghalang Onofre Pagsanghan (Dulaang Sibol), and a large athletics complex with one of the largest school-based covered courts facilities in the country.[16] In 2003 the high school opened a Center for Math, Science and Technology (commonly known as "MST") containing science and computer labs, classrooms for the special math and science classes (Honors Math and Science, Sections X and S), and a faculty room.[16]

The AJHS's religious formation program includes a Christian Service and Involvement Program (CSIP) with the Dungaw-Exposure Trip for freshmen, a Damá-Christian Service Program for sophomores, the Damay Immersion and Gawad Kalinga Programs for juniors, and Tulong Dunong program for seniors, besides recollections and retreats. It also was the birthplace of the retreat program, Days With the Lord.[17]

Carmela C. Oracion, EdD served as the first principal of the Ateneo Junior High School. She served as officer-in-charge of the transition AJHS from SY 2013–2014 and SY 2014–2015; she then became its first full-fledged principal from SY 2015–2016 until SY 2017–2018. She was replaced by Mr Jose Antonio "Jonny" Salvador as principal in SY 2018–2019.[18]

Ateneo de Manila Grade School[19] is an elementary school for boys with a population of around 4,000 students before 2014, when it dropped the Prep level and kept grades First through Sixth, while contemplating adding kindergarten. Ateneo Grade School is one of the first elementary schools in the Philippines to adopt the Singapore math curriculum.[citation needed]

Ateneo de Manila Grade School Image Gallery

Loyola School of Theology (federated)[edit]

The Loyola School of Theology is a Jesuit school of theology and pastoral studies, run separately from but federated with Ateneo de Manila University. It offers baccalaureate, licentiate, and doctoral ecclesiastical degrees in theology, as well as postgraduate degrees in theological studies, theology, and pastoral ministry from Ateneo de Manila University. It also supports the theology and religious education postgraduate programs of Ateneo Loyola Schools' Department of Theology.[20]


Some of Ateneo de Manila's most active research hubs work in the fields of disaster risk, prevention and management; public education; migration; and governance. The university houses several research centers, and has many links with industry partners, government agencies and research networks. Some research centers, called auxiliary units, are established by the university board of trustees, others are organized by individual schools or departments.

Research centers and auxiliary units[edit]

  • Ateneo Center for Asian Studies
  • Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development
  • Ateneo Center for Educational Development
  • Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching
  • Ateneo Center for Organisation Research and Development
  • Ateneo Center for Psychological and Educational Assessment
  • Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship
  • Ateneo Center for Social Policy and Public Affairs
  • Ateneo Family Business Development Center
  • Ateneo Innovation Center
  • Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices
  • Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center
  • Ateneo Language Learning Center
  • Ateneo Macroeconomic Research Unit
  • Ateneo-PLDT Advanced Network Testbed
  • Ateneo Research Network for Development
  • Ateneo Teacher Center
  • Ateneo de Manila University Press
  • Ateneo Wellness Center
  • Center for Communication Research and Technology
  • Center for Community Services
  • Eugenio Lopez Jr. Center for Multimedia Communication
  • Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute
  • Governor José B. Fernandez Ethics Center for Business and Public Service
  • Institute of Philippine Culture
  • Institute of Social Order
  • Institute for Church and Social Issues
  • John Gokongwei School of Management Business Accelerator (SOMBA)
  • John Gokongwei School of Management Business Resource Center
  • Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ)
  • Manila Observatory
  • National Chemistry Instrumentation Center
  • Ninoy and Cory Aquino Center for Leadership
  • Pathways to Higher Education-Philippines
  • Philippines-Australia Studies Network
  • Philippine Institute of Pure and Applied Chemistry
  • Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies


Ateneo publishes the following scholarly journals: Kritika Kultura, Asian Perspectives in the Arts and Humanities, Budhi, Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints, The Journal of Management for Global Sustainability, Landas, and Social Transformations: Journal of the Global South.

Networks and external partnerships[edit]

The Ateneo de Manila University is part of the following networks and academic consortia:[21]


  • Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia (ACUCA)
  • Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF)
  • Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU)
  • Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP)
  • European Studies Consortium
  • Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC)
  • Hong Kong Baptist David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (HKBU-LEWI)
  • Hong Kong Baptist University-Wing Lung Bank International Institute for Business Development (HKBU-IIBD)
  • International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU)
  • Philippine Scholarship Award for Canadian Students (PSACS)
  • University Mobility in Asian and the Pacific-Commission on Higher Education (UMAP-CHED)


  • Association of Catholic Universities in the Philippines (ACUP)
  • Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP)
  • Jesuit Conference for East Asia & Oceania (JCEAO)
  • Philippine Academic Consortium for Latin American Studies (PACLAS)
  • Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS)[22]

Social initiatives[edit]

Ateneo has grounded its vision and mission in the Jesuit educational tradition which engages with the world at large, leading the university to be involved in civic activities. Social involvement is a key part of Ateneo education, integrated into the curricula of practically all university programs.[23] Social entrepreneurship is also integrated into many of its academic programs.[24]

Ateneo's social projects include the Ateneo-Mangyan Project for Understanding and Development (AMPUD) and Bigay Puso in grade school and the Christian Service and Involvement Program, Damay Immersion, and Tulong Dunong program for senior students in high school. In college, social development is fostered by programs of the Office of Social Concern and Involvement, including house-builds with Gawad Kalinga, and the Ateneeo Labor Trials Program tied into junior Philosophy classes. Student organizations and offices of the Loyola Schools also operate their own social involvement programs.[23] At the Ateneo Professional Schools, programs and units like the Graduate School of Business' Mulat-Diwa, the Leaders for Health Program, the Law School's Human Rights Center and Legal Aid programs aim to form leaders.[23] Other Ateneo initiatives include Pathways to Higher Education for gifted, underprivileged youth and Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED) which conducts national teacher and principal training programs.

The centerpiece social program of the university is its university-wide social action program in partnership with Gawad Kalinga which has helped build communities and schools in Payatas, Quezon City, in many Nueva Ecija municipalities, and in three villages in Bicol. GK-Ateneo has also driven Kalinga Luzon, the massive rehabilitation effort for victims of the late 2004 Luzon typhoons, GK Youth-Ateneo, arguably the largest and most active student social program of Ateneo, Kalinga Leyte, an ongoing program which aims to provide long-term rehabilitation for the victims of the Southern Leyte landslide, and ongoing reconstruction efforts for typhoon-stricken Bicol.[23][25]

The Ugat Foundation, an apostolate for grassroots families, is also located at Ateneo.[26]

International exchange[edit]

Souvenir shop and cashiers at Xavier Hall

Ateneo has international linkages with several universities, institutions, and organizations, particularly in Asia, Australasia, North and South America, and Europe. Through these cooperative efforts, the university hosts visiting faculty and research fellows from institutions abroad, and in turn, Ateneo faculty members also engage in teaching, research, and study in institutions abroad.[27][28] International cooperation also includes active student exchange through Philippine immersion programs for a month or two for small groups of 15–18 students or full study programs wherein students from partner institutions abroad take regular courses.[27]

Students of the John Gokongwei School of Management, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities can also sign up for the Junior Term Abroad program, which allows them to spend a semester in one of Ateneo's partner schools for undergraduate studies.[27]

Since 2008, the Global Leadership Program was started for students from four Catholic, Jesuit universities in East Asia: Ateneo de Manila University in The Philippines, Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan, Sogang University in South Korea, and Sophia University in Japan.[29]


Currently, the main Ateneo de Manila campus is an 83-hectare (205-acre) property in Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Metro Manila.[30] This campus is home to the university's undergraduate (college) and graduate schools units, as well as its senior and junior high schools and the grade school. Two other campuses, in Rockwell Center and Salcedo Village, both in Makati, house the university's professional schools of business, law, and government. A fourth facility in the Don Eugenio López Sr. Medical Complex in Ortigas Center, Pasig, houses its school of medicine and public health.

Loyola Heights[edit]

View of the Loyola Heights campus.
Science Education Complex, home to the School of Science and Engineering
Horacio dela Costa Hall houses the School of Humanities, named after Horacio dela Costa, an eminent Filipino Jesuit
Ricardo & Dr. Rosita Leong Hall, home to the School of Social Sciences.
John Gokongwei School of Management
Matteo Ricci Hall, study hall named after Matteo Ricci, a Jesuit missionary to China

Overlooking the Marikina Valley, the 83-hectare (205-acre) main campus is located in Loyola Heights, along the eastern side of Katipunan Avenue, and is south of and adjacent to the campus of Miriam College. The Grade School, High School, and Loyola Schools are located in Ateneo's Loyola Heights campus. Beside the Grade School is the Henry Lee Irwin Theater, built in 1995 to house the school's formal events and productions. Complementing the old buildings of the Loyola Schools are the Science Education Complex, as well as the PLDT Convergent Technologies Center-John Gokongwei School of Management Complex.[31] In 2018, the university inaugurated Areté, Ateneo's creative hub, a center for visual, practical, and performing arts. Areté houses the Ateneo Art Gallery, Hyundai Hall (a 900-seat theater), the Doreen Gamboa Fernandez Black Box Theater, the Unionbank Ubuntu Space, and spaces for Ateneo's collaborative degree program with Le Cordon Bleu. The Department of Fine Arts and the Ateneo Institute for the Science and Art of Learning and Teaching also hold office in Areté.

Within this campus is the Rizal Library, the main university library. Also located here are numerous units and research centers affiliated with Ateneo, such as the Institute of Social Order, Institute of Philippine Culture, Institute on Church and Social Issues, Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowships, the Philippine Institute for Pure and Applied Chemistry, the Jesuit Communications Foundation, the Jesuit Basic Education Commission, and others. Also situated here are the East Asian Pastoral Institute, Loyola School of Theology, and San Jose Seminary, all Jesuit formation institutions federated with the Ateneo de Manila University. The Manila Observatory is also located on campus.[31] Athletic facilities include the Blue Eagle Gym, also known as the Loyola Center, standing at the southern end of the campus, and the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center (MLSC) on the northern end. The Blue Eagle Gym is one of the largest gymnasiums among the universities in Metro Manila while the MLSC is often used by the Philippine National Basketball Team as well as other professional teams for their training needs.[31]

The Church of the Gesù, completed in July 2002, stands on top of Sacred Heart Hill and overlooks the rest of the campus. The school's chapels include the St. Stanislaus Kostka Chapel and the Chapel of the First Companions in the high school, the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception in the college complex's Gonzaga Hall, the chapel at the Loyola House of Studies, and the Chapel of the Holy Guardian Angels in the grade school, among others. Not a part of the university but located on its campus is San Jose Major Seminary also has a chapel. Moreover, within walking distance of the campus are two parish churches: Our Lady of Pentecost and Santa María della Strada which includes the university in its territory.[31]

While the majority of its students live in Metro Manila, the university has three on-campus dormitories for college students: Cervini Hall, Eliazo Hall, and the University Dormitory. Located near the Loyola Schools, Cervini accommodates approximately two hundred male students, while Eliazo houses one hundred and sixty female students. The University Dormitory, completed in 2008, houses six hundred students. Other dormitories which are also open to college and graduate school students are those of the [Institute of Social Order], Arrupe International Residence, and the East Asian Pastoral Institute.[31] Those who desire to live off-campus reside in nearby accredited dormitories and condominiums such as Oracle Residences, FBR Building, Xanland Plaza, One Burgundy Plaza, Prince David Condominium, and Berkeley Residences, sharing study and living areas with students from the University of the Philippines, Diliman and Miriam College.

The Ateneo de Manila is also home to the largest Jesuit community in the Philippines, most of whom reside at the Jesuit Residence in the Loyola Heights campus. These Jesuits are involved in teaching, administration, and research within the university and its affiliated units.[31]

Recently, the majority of the units in the Loyola Schools Campus have been participating in the environmental initiatives started at the student organization and administrative levels. These have been grouped under the banner of the Ateneo Environmental Management Coalition, resulting in major changes in student lifestyle and resource management all over campus.

Rockwell Center[edit]

The Rockwell Center campus of the Ateneo de Manila University houses the Law School, Graduate School of Business, School of Government, AGSB-BAP Institute of Banking, and the Ateneo Center for Continuing Education.[31] The campus was donated by the Lopez Group of Companies to the Ateneo de Manila University. It includes several research centers, a moot court facility, and the Ateneo Professional Schools Library.[31]

Salcedo Village[edit]

The Salcedo Village campus houses the different facilities of the former Ateneo Information Technology Institute (AITI) and the Ateneo Center for Continuing Education (CCE). This facility formerly housed the Professional Schools prior to the completion of the Rockwell campus in 1998.[31]

Ortigas Center[edit]

The Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health at the Don Eugenio López Sr. Medical Complex in Ortigas Center, Pasig, opened its doors to its pioneering batch of students in June 2007. Beside the ASMPH is its partner hospital, The Medical City.[31]

Library system[edit]

The Ateneo library system comprises several libraries housed in the Loyola Heights campus and the Professional Schools campus. The university's main library is the Rizal Library located in Loyola Heights. The Ateneo Professional Schools Library is housed in the Professional Schools building. Also included in the library system are the libraries of the Ateneo grade school, high school, and those of the East Asian Pastoral Institute and the Loyola School of Theology.[32] Libraries of other Jesuit universities in Naga, Zamboanga, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro are linked to the Ateneo de Manila Libraries.

In 2007, the Rizal Library's resources were estimated at more than 500,000 items. It housed rare Filipiniana items including a permanent exhibit of Rizal memorabilia, the Trinidad Pardo de Tavera collection, the American Historical Collection, the Ateneo Library of Women's Writings (ALIWW), and other special collections and manuscripts by Filipino scholars, writers, and artists.[31] A new five-storey Rizal Library building was completed in 2009 and opened in November of the same year, housing the library's circulation section, the undergraduate and graduate reserve sections, the multimedia collection, the periodicals collection, the Japanese collection, online database access terminals, an information commons, and the Library's technical services facilities. The former Rizal Library building will now be known as the Rizal Library Special Collection, and houses the Microform Reading Center, Art Book Collection, Filipiniana Section, American Historical Collection, the Ateneo Library of Women's Writings, the Pardo de Tavera Collection, and the Theses and Dissertations collection.[33]

The Professional Schools Library holds one of the largest collections of materials in the fields of law, business, and government in the Philippines.[31]

Ateneo Art Gallery[edit]

The Ateneo Art Gallery is housed in the Arts Wing, Areté. The gallery is the first museum of modern art in the Philippines, and is the only museum in the country dedicated to the collection, display, and interpretation of Philippine modern art. The heart of its collection is a large selection of post-war art donated to the university by Fernando Zóbel de Ayala.[31]

University Archives[edit]

The University Archives are housed in the Rizal Library annex building. Since 1958 it has served as the central repository of non-current records of the administrative offices, academic departments, and student organizations. Among its collections are papers and documents from key university people, relics and personal effects of alumni, some archived publications, theses, and dissertations, as well as other materials such as maps, photographs, and art work.[34]

Administration and accreditation[edit]

The Ateneo de Manila University is governed by a Board of Trustees chaired by Ernesto Tanmantiong, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jollibee Foods Corporation. A central administration, led by University President Jose Ramon Villarin, oversees key initiatives related to academics, international programs, university development and alumni relations, personnel, security, and other university-wide concerns.[35] Villarin succeeded Bienvenido Nebres, on June 1, 2011.[36][37]

Individual units and departments are usually led by a vice president, with the exception of the basic education units which are led by a director who oversees the leadership of both the high school's principal and the grade school's headmaster. The Loyola schools and professional schools are led by their respective vice presidents who oversee school deans, who in turn oversee department chairs and program directors.

In 2005, the academic programs of the Loyola Schools have been granted Level IV accreditation—the highest possible level—from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) through the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) and the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).[38] In 2011 it was also granted Institutional Accreditation by the same body, the first time that both citations were awarded to a university simultaneously.[39] Ateneo de Manila is one of few universities granted autonomous status by CHED, which likewise recognizes a number of the university's programs and departments as Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development.
The grade school and high school divisions both have the highest (level III) of accreditation from PAASCU and FAAP.[40]

Student organizations[edit]

There are over 50 accredited college student organisations in the Loyola Schools. Among these is the Ateneo Catechetical Instruction League, founded in 1907, one of the oldest student organizations in the Philippines.

The Ateneo College Glee Club (ACGC) is the oldest extant university chorale in the Philippines. ACGC has participated in numerous international choral and choir competitions including the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing.[41][42]

The Ateneo Debate Society, the premier undergraduate debate organization of Ateneo, is the highest-ranking debate team in the Philippines and Asia, and often in the top 10 of the World University Debate Rankings since the mid-2000s, peaking at no. 7 in 2012. It is currently in 13th place.[43]

The Ateneo de Manila High School's Dulaang Sibol, which began as the Ateneo High School Dramatics Society in 1955, is the oldest existing theater group in the Philippines.

Notable alumni[edit]

The Ateneo has produced four Presidents of the Philippines and its alumni have been influential in national politics and in the business sector.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Ateneo Alumni Business Directory
  • The GUIDON student newspaper of the Ateneo de Manila University
    • Jaime C. Bulatao, S.J. "Death of A University." Ateneo Alumni Guidon, Vol. VII No. I, Vol. VII No. 2, and Vol. VIII No. 1
    • The Guidon official website [3]
    • The Guidon's Online Magazine [4]
  • Lamberto V. Avellana. On Wings of Blue
  • Katipunan magazine
  • Loyola Schools Bulletin
  • The HILL
    • Soledad S. Reyes. "From the walled city by the sea to the hill over the valley: The Ateneo through the years" The HILL. Maiden Issue. 2004.
    • Letters to the Editor, Vol. I No. 2. 2004
  • Horacio de la Costa, S.J. Light Cavalry.
  • Horacio de la Costa, S.J. The Jesuits in the Philippines.
  • Cristina Jayme Montiel and Susan Evangelista, eds. Down from the Hill: Ateneo de Manila In the First Ten Years Under Martial Law, 1971–1982. Ateneo de Manila University Press. 2005. ISBN 978-971-550-486-7.