Southwestern University (Philippines)

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Southwestern University
Southwestern logo.png
Former names
Southwestern Colleges
Motto Scientia Integritas Fidelitas
Motto in English
Science Integrity Fidelity
Type Private, Co-educational
Established 1946
Chairman Maris Johanna A. Holopainen
President Chito B. Salazar, Ph.D
Students 10,000+
Location Cebu City, Cebu,  Philippines
Campus Main Campus
Aznar Coliseum Complex
South Campus
Colors Maroon and Gold         
Nickname Phinmanians, SWU Cobras
Mascot Cobra

The Southwestern University (SWU) is a private university in Cebu City, Philippines founded on 1946 by two pharmacists. It started as Southwestern Colleges in the summer of 1946 and became a university on December 11, 1959. It has three campuses in Metro Cebu.


In summer of 1946, when the Philippines was in the rehabilitation process after World War II, Southwestern University was founded with the name Southwestern Colleges. The founders were husband-and-wife pharmacists Matias Hipolito Chavez Aznar II and Anunciacion Barcenilla Aznar.

Southwestern Colleges started with 18 faculty members and 509 students in three two-storey buildings on an approximately two-hectare lot. It had the following courses: elementary, high school (day and night classes), first two years of Arts and Sciences (Associate programs), Education and Commerce, and first-year Law. In the school year 1946–47, the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and the Graduate School were opened. The College of Nursing was added in school year 1948–1949.

The school became a university on December 11, 1959 with its formal inauguration and the investiture of the co-founder and second president Anunciacion Barcenilla Aznar on February 13, 1960. The school year 1959–1960 also started with two new courses: Engineering and Optometry. The college of optometry then beacme a world class education for primary eye care physicians. lots of foreign students come to study optometry here, due to its outstanding education. The College of Medical Technology was opened in 1962. Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine came after a few years. The latest colleges added were Computer Studies, Physical Therapy, Maritime, and Criminology. In 2009, the university had 20 colleges and departments.

Southwestern University has continuously expanded its curricular offerings and its physical plant. The university now occupies more than 18 hectares. The Aznar Coliseum with a seating capacity of approximately 7,000–8,000 is the venue for sports and cultural activities.


  • Matias H. Aznar II (1946–1958), founder
  • Anunciacion B. Aznar (1958–1968), co-founder
  • Dr. Gabino Tabuñar (1968–1973)
  • Engr. Matias B. Aznar II (1973–1975, 1978–1980)
  • Dr. Julian B. Yballe (1975–1978)
  • Dr. Manolo S. Fornolles (1981–1990)
  • Dr. Alicia P. Cabatingan (1990–2001)
  • Dr. Frances Victoria F. Lumain (2001–2006)
  • Lassi Matti A. Holopainen (2006–2007)
  • Dr. Peter S. Aznar (March 2007–June 2007), acting president
  • Dr. Eldigario D. Gonzales (2007–2010)
  • Dr. Elsa A. Suralta, CESO VI (2010–2014)
  • Dr. Noe G. Quiñanola,(2014–present)


Southwestern University is in the south of the City of Cebu, Philippines. The university has three campuses. The main campus is located on Urgello St.; the Aznar Coliseum Complex is on Aznar Road; and the Basak Campus on Sabellano St., Basak San Nicolas, Cebu City.

Main Campus[edit]

The main campus is the home of the colleges of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, Computer Studies, Criminology, Dentistry, Engineering, Graduate School, Law, Maritime, Medical Technology, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Teachers' College.

The Sacred Heart Hospital, Pathology and Biology Museums, Library, Interfaith Chapel, Botanical Garden, and the Administrative Offices are found in the main campus.


Aznar Coliseum Complex[edit]

Located about 50 meters from the main campus, this complex is made up of Aznar Memorial Coliseum, a ballpark, and the Anunciacion B. Aznar building which houses the Elementary and High School Departments, the Maritime Regiment, the 540th NROTC Unit and the College of Nursing.

South Campus[edit]

The third campus is the South Campus (formerly the Basak Campus), which houses the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The Elementary and High School Training departments are here.

Academic programs[edit]

Professional programs[edit]

Allied Medical[edit]

  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Medical Technology
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Physical Therapy
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

Non-allied Medical[edit]

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Computer Studies
  • College of Criminology
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • SWU Maritime Regiment
  • School of Business

Basic Education[edit]

  • K to 12

Continuing Education[edit]

  • English Language Program

Student organizations[edit]

  • Asklepian Circle
  • Association in Health Science Organization
  • Bible Readers Society of the Philippines
  • Biological Society
  • Bullwhip Bulletin
  • Speakers' Bureau
  • CAS Collegiate Council
  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Campus Cruisers
  • Chaos Butterflies
  • Christian Brotherhood International
  • College of Education Student body Organization
  • College of Nursing - Student Body Organization
  • College Red Cross Youth
  • Competitive Youth Comm. of the Liberated Era
  • Effective Communicator's Club
  • Filipino Association of Major in English (FAME)
  • Gamma Epsilon International (GE 1963)
  • HS Library Scrabblers
  • International Students Association
  • Junior Finance Executive
  • Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants
  • Junior Philippine Marketing Society
  • Junior Philippine Management Association
  • Junior Chemical Society
  • Junior Philippine Pharmacist Association
  • League of Tourism Students of the Philippines Southwestern University Chapter (LTSP SWU Chapter)
  • Loyal and United Non-Academic Scholars
  • Math and Physics Society
  • Maritime Regiment Society
  • Muslim Students Association
  • Nigerian Students Association
  • New Generation Against Drugs and Corruption
  • Pet Science Society
  • Pharmacy Collegiate Council
  • Philippine Student Alliance Lay Mov.
  • Pre-Lex Circle
  • Psychological Society of Young Creative and Holistic Individuals (PSYCHI)
  • Real Connection Fellowship
  • Rotaract Club of Cebu East
  • Rotaract Club of Cebu Mandaue
  • Scholars' Society
  • Society for the Advancement of Veterinary Education and Research
  • Social Work Society (SWS)
  • Southwestern University Chorale (SWU Chorale)
  • Supreme Student Government (SSG)
  • Triskelion Society (ΤΓΦ)
  • The Voice Junior Quill
  • Veterinary Medicine Clinicians Society
  • Youth for Christ
  • Youth Environmentalists' Society


  • THE BULLWHIP – College of Veterinary Medicine
  • CAS QUILL – College of Arts and Sciences
  • AGSIKAP – College of Engineering
  • HYGEIA’S INK – College of Pharmacy
  • THE WHITE CAP – College of Nursing
  • ROUTER – College of Computer Studies
  • PEDAGOGUE - College of Education
  • THE PULSE - College of Medicine
  • MICRO – College of Medical Technology
  • LEGATUM – College of Law
  • INVOICE - School of Business
  • THE VOICE JUNIOR QUILL - High School Main Campus
  • SOUTHWESTERNER - Official newsletter of Southwestern University
  • THE QUILL - Official student publication of Southwestern University



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