University of Mindanao

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The University of Mindanao
Unibersidad ng Mindanaw
University of Mindanao Logo.png
Motto Vincit Omnia Veritas
Motto in English
Truth Conquers All
Type Private, Non-sectarian
Established July 27, 1946
President Pres. Guillermo P. Torres, Jr., Ed.D.

Genelyn I. Rosendo, M.A.Ed.
High School and Elementary Department

Elleine Rose Oliva, EdD
Senior High School Department

Dr. Eugenio S. Guhao
Graduate and Post-Graduate School

Atty. Jess Zachael B. Espejo, LL.M.
College of Legal Education

Esterlina B. Gevera, CPA, MBA
College of Accounting Education

Arch. Iluminado D. Quinto, Jr.
College of Architecture and Fine Arts Education

Khristine Marie D. Concepcion, Ph.D.
College of Arts and Sciences Education

Vicente Salvador E. Montaño, DBA
College of Business Administration Education

Ramcis N. Vilchez, MIT
College of Computing Education

Gypsy Mae B. Casurao, MBA
College of Hospitality Education

Carmelita B. Chavez, Ph.D. Crim
College of Criminal Justice Education

Ruby Serrano, Ed.D.
College of Teacher Education

Engr. Charlito L. Cañesares, D-Engg.
College of Engineering Education

Ofelia C. Lariego, MAN
College of Nursing Education
Students ~42,000
Undergraduates ~35,000
Postgraduates ~3,000
Location Davao City, Region XI, Philippines
Campus Urban (Davao City and branches)
Colors Red and Gold         
Nickname UM (UMyongs and MINyangs)
Mascot UM Red Paladin
UM Logotype.jpeg

The University of Mindanao is the largest private, non-sectarian university in Mindanao located in Davao City on the Southern Philippine island. Established in 1946, the University of Mindanao has ten branches spread over thirteen campuses in Southern Mindanao. It is currently an Autonomous Status per CEB Resolution No. 076-2009 with Category A (t) per CMO No. s. 2009 standing accredited by Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Its Accountancy, Computer Engineering and Information Technology programs are Centers of Development(COD) and its Business Administration, Criminology and Teacher Education programs are recognized as Centers of Excellence(COE) by CHED. It is the largest private university in Mindanao and hailed as the institution with the second highest number of programs accredited by PACUCOA in the country today.[1]


In the midst of rebuilding the ruins of World War II, Atty. Guillermo E. Torres constructed the institution that would provide the education for socially, morally, economically knowledgeable, productive and responsible citizenry of the country. His undying faith and enthusiasm pushed him to convince his friends in Manila and new acquaintances to fulfill this vision.

The realization of the dream marked history when the Mindanao Colleges was incorporated on July 27, 1946. During the first year of operation, classes were held in four rented rooms of the Borgaily Building along San Pedro Street in Davao City. Thirteen teachers were hired and there were 381 enrolees. Dr. Efigenia C. Occeña was the Acting Coordinator. The permitted courses were originally the six year complete Elementary Course, two-year

Secondary Course (1st and 2nd years), two year Elementary Teacher Certificate, two-year Associate in Commercial Science, and two-year Associate in Arts. To accommodate the increasing number of Enrolees, the Board of Trustees decided to buy Club Royale along Legaspi Street and renovated to suit classroom requirements. New parcels of land were purchased along Bolton and Bonifacio Street which is the present location of the main campus and Embassy Area respectively. The University’s influence erected more with the establishment of the Mindanao Collegian, the first free campus paper in Mindanao. It became the training grounds of the Davao newspaper men, a lot of them front liner’s of the city’s local publications up to this date. The student-editors from the early days of the Mindanao Collegian are now the “who’s-who” in Mindanao’s media, government and business zeitgeist.

Foreign linkages were sparked when Atty. Torres left for the US for a sponsored study tour on May 1955. These bondages broaden the UM’s scope and help it gear up for more challenging global competitiveness. Some of them were the University on the Air (1971); Sister University agreements with the John Dewey International University Consortium of America, New York City and the Fongchia College of Engineering and Business of Taipei, Taiwan.

As its aim of providing “education for all,” UM became popular not only among middle classes but also to those poor but deserving young dreamers. The Open Education Program in the early 70s enabled the institution to help the poor but deserving college undergraduates employed in the business and factory sites and self-employed to earn a college education. From being a humble Mindanao Colleges in Bolton, it blossomed into the University of Mindanao on December 21, 1966 and has spawned 10 more branches to the outlying province in 1948 in Digos, Bangoy, Peñaplata, Tagum (1950), Guianga (1952), Ilang- Tibungco (1951), Panabo (1951), Bansalan (1962), Cotabato (1959), Toril and a sprawling learning ground in Matina. UM is the first non-sectarian university in Mindanao. The development of the Matina Campus with new infrastructure side by side with the improvement of the University’s image through accreditation with the PACUCOA was pursued with vigor by its founders and the UM family. As the revered historian Josefina C. San Pedro said it, “ As each fresh graduate faces the brave new world, equipped and ready, let it be always be remembered that this was how he (Guillermo E. Torres, Sr.) envisioned things to be.” His vision of “education for all” is now well entrenched in the university that is continually responsive to the development of the country.

His dream lives on with each passing year, deeply rooted in the continuing history of the University of Mindanao as its graduates meet the challenges of the future.” Keeping the torch burning is something education never ceases to pass. Its embers serve as guiding light for those who desire to learn and improve the quality of life. From a one man’s vision, the hope of the nation and future of the young dreamers who come to UM’s halls lie.

The first Buildings located in Bolton St. Davao City

The University President[edit]

Dr. Guillermo P. Torres, Jr. finished his undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at De La Salle University, Manila. He took his Masters in Business Administration at Ohio University, USA. Finished his Doctorate at University of Mindanao.

Academic programs[edit]

The University of Mindanao has more than 10 colleges and school located in three campuses. The Colleges of Business Administration, and Law and the Graduate School are located in Bolton Campus. The Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Engineering, Computing, Architecture, Education, Forestry, Accountancy, and Criminology are located in Matina Campus. The Technical and Vocational Courses are located in Bangoy Campus. Each college is supervised by Dean and Program Heads/Instructor Coordinator.

Most of its academic programs are accredited by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) and the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP)."31".  Its Electrical Engineering is the first in the country granted Level III Reaccredited Status. Level III status is the highest accreditation granted by PACUCOA—a seal of excellence and quality in a given academic program."32".  Its Architecture Program is the first in the country to be granted Level I Accreditation."33".  UM is the first PACUCOA school in Mindanao granted Level III for various academic programs and one of the top five (5) schools in the Philippines with the most number of accreditation."34". 

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has granted Center of Development (COD) to its various academic programs, having the most number of CODs in Mindanao. These programs are Business Administration, Information Technology, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering.

Law, Graduate and Post-Graduate programs[edit]

  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
  • Master in Business Administration (Level III)
  • Master in Engineering Program - Chemical Engineering
  • Master in Engineering Program - Civil Engineering
  • Master of Arts in Education - Educational Management (Level III)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Teaching English (Level III)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Teaching Filipino (Level III)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Guidance & Counseling (Level III)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Teaching Mathematics (Level III)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Physical Education (Level III)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Teaching Science (Level III)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Technology & Livelihood Education (Level III)
  • Master in Engineering Program - Electrical Engineering
  • Master in Engineering Program - Environmental Engineering
  • Master in Engineering Program - Mechanical Engineering
  • Master in Engineering Program - Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Master in Environmental Planning
  • Master of Science in Information System
  • Master in Information Technology
  • Master in Management - Human Resource Development
  • Master in Management - Human Resource Management
  • Master in Library and Information Science - Non-Thesis Program
  • Master in Library and Information Science - Thesis Program
  • Master in Public Administration
  • Master of Science in Criminology - Criminalistics
  • Master of Science in Economics
  • Master of Science in Criminology - Law Enforcement Administration
  • Master of Science in Social Work - Direct Social Work
  • Master of Science in Social Work - Applied Social Work
  • Master of Science in Social Work - Advanced Social Work
  • Doctor in Business Administration (Candidate Status)
  • Doctor in Public Administration
  • Doctor of Education (Candidate Status)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Undergraduate Programs[edit]

College of Accounting Education[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (Level III)
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology (Candidate Status)


College of Architecture and Fine Arts Education[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture (Level III)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Painting


College of Business Administration Education[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in:
    • Business Economics (Level IV)
    • Financial Management (Level IV)
    • Human Resource Management (Level IV)
    • Marketing Management (Level IV)
  • Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelor of Science in Legal Management


College of Computing Education[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (Level III)
  • Bachelor of Science in Information System
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Level III)
  • Bachelor of Science in Entertainment and Multimedia Computing - Game Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Entertainment and Multimedia Computing - Digital Animation- Technology
  • Bachelor of Library and Information Science (Candidate Status)


College of Hospitality Education[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (Level II)
  • Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management (Candidate Status)


College of Criminal Justice Education[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology (Level III)


College of Teacher Education[edit]


  • Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Generalist (Level IV)
  • Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Special Education (Level IV)
  • Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Pre-School (Level IV)


  • Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English (Level IV)
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Filipino (Level IV)
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Mathematics (Level IV)
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Biological Sciences (Level IV)
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Social Studies (Level IV)
  • Bachelor of Physical Education major in School PE (new)

College of Engineering Education[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (Level II)
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (Level II)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (Level I)
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Level IV)
  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering (Level I)
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Level III)

College of Arts and Sciences Education[edit]

  • Bachelor of Arts major in Political Science (Level IV)
  • Bachelor of Arts major in English Studies (Level IV)
  • Bachelor of Arts major in Mass Communication (Level IV)
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Level IV)
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Forestry
  • Bachelor of Science in Agro-forestry
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor in Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work (Candidate Status)

College of Health Sciences Education[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Candidate Status)
  • Bachelor of Science in Midwifery


Technical Programs (TESDA Accredited)[edit]

  • Car Defense Driving – 20 hours
  • Caregiver Course – 6 months
  • Electrical Technology
  • Building Wirings and Industrial Electricity
  • Electronics Technology
  • AM/FM, Audio and Video Equipment, TV, VHS, VCR, Cable
  • System & Computers
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Automotive Technology with Driving Lessons
  • Refrigeration and Air conditioning and Technology
  • Free Training on BRIGGS and STRATTON Engines – 40 hours
  • Special Driving


Basic Education[edit]

  • Pre-School (Nursery & Kindergarten)
  • Elementary (Grades 1 to 6)
  • Junior High School (Grades 7 to 10)
  • Senior High School (Grades 11 to 12) - beginning SY 2016-17


Scholarships, Media and Journalism[edit]

Student Scholarships[edit]

  • Member - UM Choir/Band
  • Member - UM Makabayan Dancers
  • Honors - Valedictorian to Honorable mention in High School
  • STAP - Student's Assistant Program Scholarship
  • Athletics - PRISAA and Palarong Pambansa

Student Publication[edit]

The official student publication of the university is Primum, Latin term for first. Its predecessor, the Mindanao Collegian, which was later renamed as UM Saga and then EVO prior to its recent name. Since Mindanao Collegian, the publication has been producing top-caliber editors, journalists and columnists in the country not just in the entire region.


The University of Mindanao Broadcasting Network (UMBN) is a commercial broadcasting company in Visayas and Mindanao founded in 1949 in Davao City. It runs AM & FM Stations in Mindanao while its affiliate, Ditan Communications run the Visayas FM Stations.

In Davao City, its flagship stations are DXUM 819 kHz. in the AM band and two FM stations: DXWT Wild FM 92.3 MHz and (via blocktiming lease) DXKR-FM Retro 95.5 MHz.

UMBN Radio stations in the Philippines[edit]

Branding Callsign Frequency Location
Wild 92.3WT Davao DXWT-FM 92.3 MHz Davao City
Wild 94.3WM Southern Tagalog DWWM-FM** 94.3 MHz Batangas City/Antipolo, Rizal
104.5 Wild FM Baguio DWKE-FM** 104.5 MHz Baguio City
93.9 Wild FM Laoag DWUM-FM** 93.9 MHz Laoag City
95.1 Wild FM Dagupan DWRF-FM** 95.1 MHz Dagupan City
104.7 Wild FM Naga DWQN-FM** 104.7 MHz Naga City
93.5 Wild FM Masbate DYWD-FM** 93.5 MHz Masbate City
89.5 Wild FM Palawan DYWP-FM** 89.5 MHz Puerto Princesa City
93.5 Wild FM Pampanga DWKZ-FM** 93.5 MHz San Fernando, Pampanga
95.7 Wild FM Boracay DYBW-FM* 95.7 MHz Boracay
103.5 Retro Cebu DYCD-FM* 103.5 MHz Cebu City
105.9 Wild FM Iloilo DYWT-FM* 105.9 MHz Iloilo City
89.9 Wild FM Bacolod DYXW-FM** 89.9 MHz Bacolod City
Wild 101.5FM Dumaguete DYUM-FM** 101.5 MHz Dumaguete City
94.3 Wild Zee Cagayan de Oro DXWZ-FM 94.3 MHz Cagayan de Oro City
98.5 Wild FM Butuan DXBB-FM 98.5 MHz Butuan City
95.3 Wild FM Ozamiz DXWM-FM** 95.3 MHz Ozamiz City
99.1 Wild FM General Santos DXRT-FM 99.1 MHz General Santos City
97.9 Wild FM Cotabato DXWP-FM** 97.9 MHz Cotabato City
92.9 Wild FM Valencia DXWB-FM** 92.9 MHz Valencia, Bukidnon
99.9 Wild FM Pagadian DXWO-FM** 99.9 MHz Pagadian City
99.3 Wild FM Koronadal DXCN-FM** 99.3 MHz Koronadal City
103.1 Wild FM Iligan DXIL-FM 103.1 MHz Iligan City
92.9 Wild FM Kidapawan DX__-FM** 92.9 MHz Kidapawan City
105.1 Wild FM Zamboanga DXWY-FM** 105.1 MHz Zamboanga City

* In cooperation with Ditan Communications. * In cooperation with Paradise Island Radio, Inc. ** Upcoming Stations.


Main article: Mindanao Times

Mindanao Times, founded on the same year the University was founded, is an affiliate of University of Mindanao.

Most Notable Alumni[edit]

  • Esmael Mangudadatu - Governor of Maguindanao
  • Mary Jean Lastimosa - Bb. Pilipinas - Universe 2014; Miss Universe 2014 Top 10 Semi-Finalist
  • Hon. Allan L. Rellon - Mayor of Tagum City
  • Paolo Duterte - Vice Mayor of Davao City
  • Hon. Danilo Dayanghirang - multi-termer Davao City Councilor
  • Jose Ariel L. Noble, Economics/Summa Cum Laude - Corporate Planning Head, DCWD
  • Atty. Emmanuel Mahipus - Former LTFRB Executive Director
  • Atty. Evangeline Presto-Hernaez - Legal Officer, SSS-Davao
  • Peter Blair Agustin - Vice President, BDO Unibank and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, BDO Leasing and Finance
  • Atty. Walter O. Junia - RTC Judge, Branch 39 (Special Court for Environmental Cases), Lingayen, Pangasinan
  • Lourdes M. Mission - President, COHREP XI and Executive Director of EHMAR Human and Environmental College
  • Dr. Anthony Halog - Professor of Environmental Management, University of Queensland's(Australia) School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management

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Coordinates: 7°04′02″N 125°35′42″E / 7.06722°N 125.59500°E / 7.06722; 125.59500