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2014 Ateneo Presidents' Presentations

The Role of Ateneans in the Filipino Diaspora - this was the theme at the recent 2014 All Ateneo Alumni Convention in New York City (August 22, 2014 at John Jay College). As in previous biennial gatherings of Ateneo alumni in North America, the presentations of the Ateneo presidents and the open forum following their speeches were the primary focus of the meeting. The Ateneo universities were represented by:

  • Ateneo de Davao - Fr. Gabriel Jose T. Gonzalez SJ, in behalf of Fr. Joel E. Tabora SJ
  • Ateneo de Manila - Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin SJ
  • Ateneo de Naga - Fr. Primitivo E. Viray, Jr. SJ
  • Ateneo de Zamboanga - Fr. Karel Santos San Juan SJ
  • Xavier University - Fr. Roberto C. Yap SJ
Summarized below are their respective presentations.

Ateneo de Davao

ADDU was established in 1948, and is the 7th Ateneo established by the Jesuits in the Philippines. It has 5 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 separate and the university also runs a grade school and high school.

ADDU was granted "Institutional Accreditation" by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (only six universities in the country were given such recognition) and was also granted Autonomous Status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). It is the only university outside of Metro Manila included in the 2014 Asia's Top 300 Universities by Quacquarelli Symonds University Rankings.  It is one of five Philippine universities in the list; the others are University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle University. Furthermore, it ranks among the top five universities in average passing rates in all courses in licensure examinations as rated by the CHED and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

In 2011, ADDU revamped its Vision and Mission highlighting being a  Catholic, Jesuit and Filipino university; the spirituality  of St. Ignatius of  Loyola;  preparing students to benefit from, contribute to and engage the global  world;  formation of  leaders for  the Philippine Church and society, especially for Mindanao; the promotion of the faith that does justice, in  cultural  sensitivity  and  transformation,   and  in  inter-religious  dialogue, particularly  with  the Muslim and  Lumad  communities of  Mindanao;  balancing cultural  resilience  and  adaptation to the modern world; promotion of social justice, gender equality, good governance, the creation of wealth and  its equitable distribution; vigorous  engagement  in environmental  protection, the  preservation of bio-diversity, and the promotion of renewable energy;  leading in Philippine educational  reform, especially for the peoples of Southern Philippines.

New developments in the physical layout of ADDU:

  • Grade school swimming pool (2013) named in honor of the beloved Fr. Rudy Malasmas, S.J.
  • Swimming pool for the HS to provide excellent sports facility; and hone champion swimmers at home. Estimated cost: $600,000 (to be built).
  • New ADDU Senior High School by 2018, in accordance with the nation's K-12 educational reform – ADDU has acquired the 1.2 ha. Yamson property adjacent to the Matina campus but construction has not yet started. It will provide 30 classrooms, 4 laboratories, administrative areas, sports facilities, etc. Budget: $2,300,000.
  • Ongoing construction project in the tertiary-level Jacinto campus (3.5 hectare property with additional 5,000 square meters) designed to improve the quality of university life - instruction, formation, research and community service; additional 6,000 square meters of covered space in a Community Center and a Sports and Assembly Building with a total price tag estimated at billion pesos. Contributions to this project (library area, faculty work areas, sports facilities, stage for the performing arts, parking area) are most welcome in amounts big and small. Estimated cost/square meter: $500.

Action points: (a) organize roundtables/talks/workshops for visiting ADDU alumni e.g. those working in international organizations to share their knowledge and experience with the students and other members of academia; (b) by maximizing the use of IT, establish a knowledge sharing and engagement platform to allow students, professors and alumni to interact on relevant issues and foster mutual learning; (c) establish/support/sustain ADDU scholarship programs to benefit poor families, including the potential for establishing a long-term, sustainable endowment fund.

Visit the ADDU website for news and events

Six university units have been declared by the CHED as Centers of Excellence, namely physics, chemistry, mathematics, information   technology, entrepreneurship education and business administration education. Furthermore, the biology and environmental science units are declared Centers of Development.

The Ateneo High School was granted Level Ill accreditation by the PAASCU, the highest level in the country. It will now have 2 more levels starting next year, in compliance with CHED's new regulation establishing 11th and 12th grade education to conform to the universal educational system changes. More importantly, women students will be accepted to the 11th and 12th grades – quite a big announcement. ADMU will also change its school year from August to May to conform to the universal school year, notably the US school system.

ADMU has three campus groups: Loyola Heights, Quezon City, the main campus – home to the college and graduate school units as well as high school and grade school; Rockwell Center and Salcedo Village, Makati – professional schools of business, law and government; and Don Eugenio Lopez, Sr.  Medical Complex in Ortigas Center, Pasig – the school of medicine and public health.

Notable buildings on campus are:

"The Arete" Creativity  hub will begin construction after its ground  breaking held on July 26, 2014 at the site of what used to be a cornfield  in the campus. It will be the central space for the integral formation of Ateneans  in the liberal arts and the sciences, all in the Jesuit tradition.

Rizal Library facility (2009) – the new five-storey building houses the library's  circulation section,  undergraduate  and  graduate  reserve  sections,  multimedia  collection, periodicals collection, Japanese collection, online database access terminals, an information commons and the Library's technical services facilities.

Art Gallery, housed in the Rizal Library's Special Collections Building, 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 Zobel de Ayala.

Philippine Institute of Pure and Applied Chemistry and the National Chemistry Instrumentation Center are both pioneers of scientific research and development in the field of chemistry in the Philippines.

ADMU is an active member of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.  Its  athletic teams, collectively called the Blue Eagles, compete in various sports competitions while its cheering squad,  the Blue Babble  Battalions,  represents the university  in  the  annual  UAAP Cheerdance Competition.

Alumni are encouraged to support scholarships funded by the university: Tuition Scholarship for Teachers and Academicians, Teaching and Graduate Assistantships, Thesis Production Grants and DepEd - Ateneo Scholarships. There are also Departmental Scholarships, which include: Department of English (Robert Southwell, S.J.  and Angel  Hidalgo Scholarship Funds; Japanese Studies Program (Japan Foundation); Department of Psychology (Ateneo Blue Eagle Doctoral Fellowship); grants and scholarships from the Formation Institute for Religion Educators (FIRE); The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Program; Jesuit Educational Association. Institute of Philippine Culture-Department of Sociology and Anthropology Scholarship Program forYoung Filipino Social Science Professionals; Government-Funded Scholarships; Department of Science and Technology (DOST-  Philippine  Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and  Development (PCASTRD); and CHED Faculty Development Program Phase 2.

Ateneo de Manila

Established in 1859, the ADMU is the oldest Jesuit educational institution and third oldest university in  the   Philippines.  It offers programs in the elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels.  University academic offerings cover a broad range of disciplines:  liberal arts, humanities, pure and applied   sciences, medicine, engineering, social sciences, business management, public administration, law, theology and education.Six university units have been declared by the CHED as Centers of Excellence, namely physics, chemistry, mathematics, information   technology, entrepreneurship education and business administration education. Furthermore, the biology and environmental science units are declared Centers of Development.

The Ateneo High School was granted Level Ill accreditation by the PAASCU, the highest level in the country. It will now have 2 more levels starting next year, in compliance with CHED's new regulation establishing 11th and 12th grade education to conform to the universal educational system changes. More importantly, women students will be accepted to the 11th and 12th grades – quite a big announcement. ADMU will also change its school year from August to May to conform to the universal school year, notably the US school system.

ADMU has three campus groups: Loyola Heights, Quezon City, the main campus – home to the college and graduate school units as well as high school and grade school; Rockwell Center and Salcedo Village, Makati – professional schools of business, law and government; and Don Eugenio Lopez, Sr.  Medical Complex in Ortigas Center, Pasig – the school of medicine and public health. Notable buildings on campus are:

  • "The Arete" Creativity  hub will begin construction after its ground  breaking held on July 26, 2014 It will be the central space for the integral formation of Ateneans  in the liberal arts and the sciences, all in the Jesuit tradition.
  • Rizal Library facility (2009) – the new five-storey building houses the library's  circulation section,  undergraduate  and  graduate  reserve  sections,  multimedia  collection, periodicals collection, Japanese collection, online database access terminals, an information commons and the Library's technical services facilities.
  • Art Gallery, housed in the Rizal Library's Special Collections Building, 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 Zobel de Ayala.
  • Philippine Institute of Pure and Applied Chemistry and the National Chemistry Instrumentation Center are both pioneers of scientific research and development in the field of chemistry in the Philippines.

ADMU is an active member of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.  Its  athletic teams, collectively called the Blue Eagles, compete in various sports competitions while its cheering squad,  the Blue Babble  Battalions,  represents the university  in  the  annual  UAAP Cheerdance Competition.

Visit the ADMU website alumni relations office.

Ateneo de Naga

The Ateneo de Naga University was established in 1940 and is the fourth Ateneo established by the Jesuits in the Philippines. Its undergraduate programs include: Arts and Science, Business and Accountancy, Computer Studies, Education, Engineering and Nursing. On June 4, 2014, ADNU opened its grade school at the Bonoan campus in Pacol, Naga City. ADNU will celebrate its 75th year anniversary in 2015.

For the school year 2014-15, it has initially accepted grade 1 to 3 students. Classes are being held in provisional classrooms until the completion of the new grade school building. Construction of the new kindergarten facility (the Ateneo Child Learning Center) also in the Pacol campus has been completed in 2014 and will be used starting school year 2014-15.

Through its University Research Council, ADNU has operated the University Printing Press since 2012.  It seeks to be a leading publisher of Bikol Studies in the whole world, lending vital support in the education of the Bikolano youth, the intellectual development of Bikolanos and the global promotion of Bikol’s culture and heritage.

ADNU's Social Involvement Program focuses on priority areas Health and Nutrition, Environment, Governance, Religious Education, Livelihood and Entrepreneurship, Teacher Training, Disaster Response Management, Housing, University Response to Urgent Global, National and Local Issues.

Visit the ADNU website page for alumni news and events.

Ateneo de Zamboanga

Ateneo de Zamboanga – 100 years and beyond: In 1912, AdZU was established as Escuela Catolica, located at the old site of Immaculate Conception - a small parochial school operated by Spanish Jesuits It became Ateneo de Zamboanga in 1916, became a high school in 1930 and a college in 1952. It added a graduate school in 1976. Much progress has been made in new buildings, curriculum developments and community development:

  • The new Grade School Complex opens June 2015 at the William H. Kreutz Campus in Tumaga.
  • The AdZU Research Center provides support for research concerning the environment, peace and development, education, health, governance, entrepreneurship, and information technology.
  • Social Awareness and Community Service Involvement program which offers the following services:Social Formation; (b) Issue Advocacy; (c) Training and Education; (d) Volunteer Services; (e) Community Involvement and Assistance; (f) Disaster Response.
  • Organized relief operations for the victims of the Zamboanga City siege of September 13, 2009 "Pray for Zamboanga" Campaign, including a prayer vigil for Zamboanga victims of violence in partnership with other Ateneo schools and other organizations
View the ADZU website for news and events

Xavier University

Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan was founded on June 7, 1933 as the Ateneo de Cagayan by an American Jesuit missionary, Fr. James T.  G. Hayes, S.J., who later became the first Bishop and Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro. In 1958, Ateneo de Cagayan became a university and was renamed to its present name, Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan, in honor of the Jesuit missionary, St. Francis Xavier. It became the first university in Mindanao, and the first Jesuit institution among those existing in the Philippines, to be given university status.

There are several developments in XU's main campuses and continuous enhancements in its academic curricula:

  • The Jose Chaves Alvarez Technology Complex – the new home of the Center for integrated Technologies (CIT) opened in 2011.  The two-building complex built through the generosity of Jose Chaves Alvarez, XU alumnus and chairman of Asian Carmakers Association {ACC), is a modern campus with classrooms and laboratory facilities and features a rainwater catchment and good lighting design consistent with XU’s Green Campus Agenda.
  • Renovation of the main High School building and Grade School building 2 at XU's Pueblo de Oro campus
  • Xavier Ecoville – a resettlement site donated by XU, housing 550 families who lost their homes in the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong in December 2011. XU has partnered with the City Government of Cagayan de Oro and Habitat for Humanity Philippines for this project.  The residents benefit from the Xavier Ecoville Livelihood Assistance Program.
  • XU's Sustainable Agriculture Centre leads in the Mindanao Network for Sustainable Organic Farming Systems.
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