Notre Dame of Marbel University

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Notre Dame of Marbel University
The Notre Dame of Marbel University Logo.jpg
Ad Jesum Per Mariam All to Jesus through Mary
Former names
Notre Dame of Marbel College (1955–1992)
Motto Character, Competence and Culture in harmony
Type Private, Roman Catholic, Marist

College Dept. 1955

University Status 1992
President Bro. Wilfredo E. Lubrico, FMS
Location South Cotabato,  Philippines
Colors Gold and Green         
Affiliations Notre Dame Educational Association
Mascot NDMU Golden Stallion
Notre Dame Of Marbel University logo alternate.jpg

Notre Dame of Marbel University (locally known as NDMU) is a Catholic educational institution located in Koronadal City, South Cotabato, Philippines. It is run by the Marist Brothers or FMS (Fratres Maristae a Scholis), a Catholic religious order from France. It offers pre-school, elementary, high school, college and postgraduate courses. It is the first Marist university in the Philippines, and it houses the largest library in Mindanao, known as NDMU Library. NDMU is the only university in Koronadal City and it has been a member of the Notre Dame Educational Association, a group of Notre Dame Schools in the Philippines under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also the Patroness of the University.


Notre Dame of Marbel College (NDMc) is a sectarian institution situated in the culturally pluralistic province of South Cotabato, in the island of Mindanao, Philippines. It started as Notre Dame of Marbel (NDM), a secondary level educational institution founded by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) with the Religious of Virgin Mary (RVM) Sisters in 1946. It was the first high school to open in South Cotabato and Koronadal Valley. In 1950, the Oblate Fathers turned over the ownership and management of the Boys Department to the Marist Brothers of the schools (FMS). Two years later, the Dominican sisters assumed the direction of the Girls Department. The Marist Brothers, through the years, have transformed it into a College (Notre Dame of Marbel College).

University Grounds

In response to the need to offer courses which will give professional degrees to students who completed their secondary education, the Marist Brothers started the College Department in 1955. A complete six-year elementary training department for boys was started in 1962 that serves as a laboratory school for the Education Department.

The Graduate School of Education was opened in 1967. In 1970, it turned out its first graduate in Master of Arts in Education with specialization in Educational Administration. In the same year, NDMC accepted the responsibility to become a Regional Science Teaching Center for Western Mindanao.

In 1968 three college programs namely, Education, Liberal Arts and Commerce, were accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). To date, these 3 programs are on Level III accredited status while 5 other programs are on Level II status.

In June 1977, the Para-Teacher program was started and in September 1984, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (MECS) recognized NDMU in pioneering a prototype and innovative para-teacher education program with the aim of producing teachers for teaching in culturally pluralistic communities. MECS recognized the program to be relevant and suitable in reducing regional disparities by producing graduates with effective competencies for teaching in depressed, disadvantaged and underserved rural communities.

Since then, NDMU has been assuming various responsibilities as a leading tertiary institution in the area. On January 2, 1992 it was granted a UNIVERSITY status and was given the name Notre Dame of Marbel University.

To accommodate the growing population of the college department, the Elementary Training Department, which turned co-ed in June 1995, was relocated to a new site, around 3 kilometers away from the main campus, in June 1996. Two years later, the elementary was joined by the High School department in the same site.

NDMU has exerted efforts in strengthening its community extension programs and because of its rich experience it was institutionalized in 1995. What was called the Community Extension Services-Non-Formal Education (CES-NFE) department has become the Champagnat Community College (CCC) serving the University’s extension laboratories. Since then, CCC has a long list of community-based programs designed around an integrated framework which aims to alleviate poverty and improve the quality of life of the target beneficiaries.

In 1996, NDMU was identified by CHED as one of the Centers for Excellence in Teacher Education (COE-TE) in Region XI and was selected by ANTEP-DECS (BNFE) as the Lead Institution for Functional Literacy on the National Level.

In 1997, CHED identified NDMU as one of the Centers of Development for Excellence in Information Technology (CODE-IT) in Regions XI and XII.

In 1999, NDMU was given the Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace National Award in the area of peace through Participatory Development in recognition of NDMU’s vital role in promoting the culture of peace through varied innovative programs for the cultural communities.

NDMU was identified as CHED as Zonal Research Center (ZRC) for Regions XI and XII and ARMM in the year 2000.

The search for quality and excellence is a lifetime pursuit and the limitless capabilities of the University was given due recognition by CHED when it was granted full autonomy effective 2001 and was included among the best 30 higher educational institutions in the Philippines.

In its continued quest to provide students with the best facilities for learning, school year 2003–2004 saw the rise of the modern 3-storey University Library building on campus.

In 2004, the University was presented by National Economic Development authority (NEDA) and Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) with Outstanding Volunteer award for its exemplary performance as a volunteer organization in uplifting the condition of the indigenous people of Mindanao which is a manifestation of its dedication and commitment to public service and human development.

On July 1, 2005, the University launched the one-year celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the College Department with the theme “NDMU-College at 50: Charting Excellence and Relevance in Education.” Significant development in this Jubilee year were the following: a) establishment of the Leadership and Education Academy for Development; b) NDMU’s partnership with Phil-Australia Human Resource Development Facility (PAHRDF); c) creation of the University Peace and Development Center; d) opening of seven programs at the graduate level, namely: Master in Biology, Chemistry, English, Information Technology, Mathematics and Physics; and f) offering of Master of Arts in Nursing in consortium with San Pedro College, Davao City.

NDMU’s commitment to be responsive to the educational needs of South Cotabato and its neighboring provinces has been intensified when the Nursing Department produced its first batch of graduates in March 2006. To strengthen further the Nursing Program, the Nursing Department was established into a new college in June 2006. In October 2006, CHED identified NDMU as Center of Development for Excellence in Information Technology for another term of 3 years. In school year 2005–2006, the University was awarded by CHED as Best in Student Extension Services Program during its search for Best Student Services.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board of Medical Technology gave recognition to NDMU for having obtained the first place with an average of 100% passing percentage among the schools/colleges/universities with exemplary passing performance in the February–March 2007 Medical Technologists Licensure Examination.

To maximize the use of building spaces and to strengthen the administrative physical logistics, the St. Lorenzo Ruiz administration wing was renovated to house the President’s Office, Board Room, Graduate School Dean’s Office, Faculty and Conference Rooms, and the Research Office.

In 2008, the CHED, DepEd and Teachers Education Council awarded the university as the Training Institution of the DepEd and INSET Program. The CHED also awarded the Teacher Education Program of the University as the Center of Excellence in Teacher Education.

To keep pace with the needs of the Business Programs the Maurus James Hall was renovated in 2009 to house the business simulation room, new audio visual room and spacious classrooms. The College of Business Administration building and the HRM Laboratories were also constructed to provide upgraded facilities. Likewise, to provide the community with greater access to the services of the MedTech Diagnostic and Training Laboratory, it was transferred to its new location along Alunan Avenue with complete equipment and facilities.

The early part of 2010 marked another milestone of the university’s daring move to provide educational programs needed by the community. It opened the BS Criminology with the aim of providing professional workforce to law enforcement agencies locally and nationally. The third floor of the Doherty Hall was renovated to accommodate the Criminology Laboratories.

As NDMU continues to pave the way towards making history, it has become more aware and reflective of its serious attempts not only in keeping pace with the changes and needs of the communities it serves, but also in playing an active role in the process of developmental change.

Marist Brothers[edit]

A statue of Saint Marcellin Champagnat, the Patron of the University and founder of the Marist brothers near the Administration Building

The Marist Brothers of the Schools (FMS), commonly known as the Marist Brothers, is a congregation of men who devoted their lives to Christian education throughout the world, running Catholic schools or otherwise for the training and guidance of youth.

The congregation was founded in France in 1817 by Saint Marcellin Champagnat, who realized the values of Catholic Education in schools wherein God, the Blessed Virgin, Catholic Doctrine, and morality are part of the daily program.

The greatest concentration of Marist Brothers is in France, Australia, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, The United States, Cairo, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Argentina, New Zealand, Belgium, and Italy. In Asia, The Marist Brothers are in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Guam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.

The Marists are sure of their future in the Philippines for already many Filipinos have become Marist Brothers and more young men are now in training in the Aspirancy in Lagao, General Santos City, in the novitiate in Tamontaka, Cotabato City and in the Scholasticate in Marikina, Metro Manila.

Presently, the Filipino Marist Brothers administer 1 college and 2 Universities: Notre Dame of Marbel University, Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, and Notre Dame of Kidapawan College. It also runs seven high schools and four elementary schools. These schools are located in Kidapawan City, City of Koronadal, Marikina City, Cotabato City, General Santos City, and Jolo.


  • Library (Largest in Mindanao)
  • Museum
  • SMC Hall & Gymnasium
  • Clinic
  • NDMU Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Marist Mansion
  • HRM Laboratory Building
  • Nursing Laboratory
  • Crime Laboratory
  • Science and Technology Building (Omer and Teston Hall – Computer Laboratories)
  • Lorenzo Hall
  • Dumont Hall
  • CBA Recreation Area
  • St. Marcellin Champagnat Hall
  • 4 Audio Visual Rooms
  • NDMU Chapel
  • SMART SWEEP Laboratory
  • Athletics and Fitness Center
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA’s) Sunphotometer and Weather Station (Omer Hall Rooftop)


  • College of Education
  • College of Business Administration (formerly College of Business)
  • College of Engineering & Technology (formerly College of Science and Technology)
  • College of Arts and Sciences (inclusion of the Health Sciences Department)
  • Graduate School
  • Champagnat Community College (CCC) Community Extension Program



  • Ph.D. in Educational Management
  • Ph.D. in Science Education (Chemistry and Physics)


  • Master in Education (Biology, Chemistry, Educational Management, Filipino, Guidance & Counseling, Mathematics and Physics)
  • Master of Arts in Library Science
  • Master of Science in Biology, Chemistry, Crop Science, Mathematics, Physics (Thesis)
  • Master of Science in Rural Extension and Development
  • Master in Business Administration (Thesis and Non – Thesis)
  • Master in Public Administration (Thesis and Non – Thesis)
  • Master of Science in Information Technology (Non – Thesis)
  • Master in Biology, Chemistry, English, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics (Non – Thesis)
  • Master of Arts in Nursing (Consortium with San Pedro College, Davao City)

Five-Year Courses[edit]

  • BS Accountancy
  • BS Civil Engineering
  • BS Computer Engineering
  • BS Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • BS Electrical Engineering

Four-Year Courses[edit]

  • AB Philosophy
  • AB Political Science
  • AB Psychology
  • BS Elementary Education (Area of Concentration: General, Pre-School)
  • BS Secondary Education (Area of Concentration: Biological Sciences, English, Filipino, Mathematics, MAPEH, Physical Sciences)
  • BS Accounting Technology
  • BS Biology
  • BS Chemistry
  • BS Business Administration (Majors in: Financial Management, Marketing Management, Human Resource Development Management)
  • BS Computer Science
  • BS Information Technology
  • BS Criminology
  • BS Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • BS Medical Technology
  • BS Nursing
  • BS Environmental Science
  • BS Social Work

Three-Year Courses[edit]

  • Associate in Industrial Technology

Two-Year Courses[edit]

  • Diploma in Computer Technology
  • Associate in Computer Technology
  • Associate in Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Associate in Business Administration

Special Programs[edit]

  • Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency & Accreditation Program (ETEEAP)
  • Champagnat E – Skills & Technical Program (CeSTEP)

IBED Campus[edit]

The Notre Dame of Marbel University – Integrated Basic Education Department Campus is located in Km. 2 (Bo. 2), Brgy. Zone 2, City of Koronadal and offers the following:

  • Kindergarten
  • Complete Elementary
  • Complete High School
  • Elementary Building
  • High School Building
  • NDMU-IBED Gymnasium
  • Science Building
  • Soccer Field
  • Student's Center
  • Covered Walk
  • Dormitory
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • NDMU Hospital
  • Auditorium

NDMU Farm[edit]

The farm is at Brgy. Paraiso, City of Koronadal and includes the following:

  • Recollection House
  • Two one-storey buildings
  • 12 hectares of land with crops of mango, rice and corn for agriculture-related courses

NDMU Complex[edit]

The NDMU Complex comprises the following:

  • NDMU Main Complex comprises a two-storey building that houses Internet cafes, pharmacies, clinics and offices
  • NDMU Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory, officially opened December 2005, it is a clinical and diagnostic lab for health sciences students
  • NDMU E-biz Building houses a 24-hour RCBC E-Biz Bank
  • Marian Building is a two-storey building that has pharmacies, offices and stores

They are along Alunan Avenue, in front of South Cotabato Sports Complex (SMRAA) and DepEd South Cotabato Division.

Awards and citations[edit]

  • Granted Full Autonomy as a Higher Education Institution by Commission on Higher Education (CHED)[citation needed]
  • Center for Excellence in Teacher Education (COE-TE)[citation needed]
  • Center of Development for Excellence in Information Technology (CODE-IT) for Region XI[citation needed]
  • CHED – Zonal Research Center (ZRC) for Region XI, XII and ARMM[citation needed]
  • Association of Catholic Universities in the Phils (ACUP) Center for Mindanao[citation needed]
  • Regional Science Teaching Center (DOST)[citation needed]
  • Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) Center[citation needed]
  • Satellite Office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE – XI)[citation needed]
  • Lead Institution in Functional Literacy (Dep Ed – BNFE)[citation needed]
  • Aurora Aragon Quezon National Peace Awardee[citation needed]
  • 3Com NetPrep Regional Training Center[citation needed]
  • Small-Medium Enterprise Development (SMED) Center (DTI)[citation needed]
  • CISCO Academy for Mindanao[citation needed]
  • Region XII Outstanding Volunteer Program Awardee[citation needed]
  • 2005 National Awardee on Volunteerism[citation needed]


2006–present Bro. Wilfredo E. Lubrico, FMS
1999 – 2006 Bro. Crispin P. Betita, FMS
1993 – 1999 Dr. Leonor P. Pagunsan
1989 – 1993 Bro. Eugene Pius Tajo, FMS
1985 – 1989 Bro. Manuel P. Uluan, FMS
1980 – 1985 Bro. Wenceslao Calimpon, FMS
1976 – 1980 Bro. Renato Cruz, FMS
1973 – 1976 Bro. Agustin Cabrera, FMS
1970 – 1973 Bro. Paul Johannes Meuten, FMS
1966 – 1970 Bro. Damian Teston, FMS
1961 – 1966 Bro. Henry Joseph Ruiz, FMS
1958 – 1961 Bro. Herbert Daniel Dumont, FMS
1957 – 1958 Bro. Joseph Damian Teston, FMS
1952 – 1957 Bro. Herbert Daniel Dumont, FMS

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