Ateneo de Davao University

The Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) is a private Catholic university founded administered by the Society of Jesus in the island of Mindanao in the Philippines in 1948 . It is subdivided into eight colleges including the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Governance and College of Nursing. It also runs grade school and high school units. It has two sprawling campuses, the Jacinto Campus (which houses the various colleges of the university, including the Graduate School and the Ateneo Law School) and the Matina Campus (elementary and high school) - all located in the center of Silicon Gulf, Davao City, the de facto business, trade, commerce and education capital of Mindanao.

Academic and government recognition

The grade school, high school and college units of the university have been granted Level III accreditation by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). It also enjoys full autonomy status granted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Philippine government agency in-charge of institutions of higher learning.

Similarly, CHED recognized the university as a regional center of excellence (COE) in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Information Technology and Business Education in southern Mindanao and also identified as a Center of Development (COD) in Information Technology. the Ateneo de Davao College of Law is ranked among the top four law schools in the Philippines.

School of Arts and Sciences

Today, the SAS is subdivided into seven divisions namely: Engineering & Architecture, Humanities, Natural Science and Mathematics, Philosophy, Social Science and Education, Theology and Computer Studies.

School of Business and Governance

The undergraduate business courses of the Ateneo de Davao University were under the School of Arts and Sciences; the MBA, MPA and MAN programs were under the Graduate business Programs and the MGA program was under the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In an effort to have all the business courses of all levels be vertically articulated and in an effort to integrate the business and governance courses into one school, the AdDU School of Business & Governance (SBG) was born.

April 1, 2000 was the date the SBG was launched. It aims at providing a dynamic learning environment for responsible and humanistic business education, research and administration. It strives to be comparable to the best business schools in the world in the quality of its teaching and research and in its impact. Under its aegis are accountancy, business management, entrepreneurship, human resource management, finance, management accounting, marketing and graduate business programs as well as support programs in computer literacy and research and extension offices.

SBG Undergraduate is subdivided into two divisions namely BSA-MA Division and Business Management (B&M) Division with 7 current academic programs: BS-Accountancy, BS-Business Management, BS-Entrepreneurship, BS- Finance, BS-Human Resource, BS-Management Accounting and, BS-Marketing.

College of Law

In June, 1961, then Rector Rev. Hudson Mitchell, S.J. established the College of Law. The first students who enrolled in first year were only sixteen (16). The first Dean of the law school was Atty. Leon M. Garcia, Jr. who headed it for two years (1961-63). He was followed by Atty. Epifanio E. Estrellado who had been in the faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences since 1952. Atty. Estrellado was dean for 27 years (1963-1990), one of the longest serving deans in the history of the Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS). In 1990, Atty. Hildegardo F. Iñigo, one of the first graduates of the College of Law and member of its faculty since 1967 assumed the position of Dean of the College of Law. The first graduates of the College took the bar examinations in 1965.

Square Off finals

Ateneo de Davao University on October 1, 2008, ousted Saint Louis University, Baguio City in the semi-finals of ABS-CBN's “Square Off: the CVC Law Debates”. The topic was "legalization of euthanasia in the Philippines," with St. Louis for legalization. Adjudicators Atty. Rodel Cruz, Senior Partner of CVC Law, and Senate President Franklin Drilon bestowed Ateneo de Davao’s Hanniyah Sevilla and Christine Ferrer, the best speaker, and best texter’s choice awards, respectively. Ateneo will face Arellano University in the October 8 finals at ABS-CBN News Channel, 8-9 p.m.

Official Student Publication

The official student publication of the Ateneo de Davao University is the Atenews. The publication was founded way back in the 1950's and has long since been a steadfast guardian of student rights. Currently, the Atenews is headed by Hyangelo Hao and Santigo Pascual as Editors-in-Chief, Karlo James Bringas as associate Editor-in-Chief and Jobelle Obguia as the Managing Editor. The publication is moderated by Dr. Macario Tiu(Atenews Alumnus) and Dr. Victoria Tatad-Pre.

Official Radio Station

Blue Knights FM (89.9 MHz), the official radio station of the University, was launched last 14 January 2008 The station serves as a training ground for Mass Communication majors. Blue Knights FM airs from 11 - 1 PM, Monday to Saturday. The station is located inside the Humanities Division. Blue Knights uses the frequency of DXGN 89.9 MHz (Generation's Best). On 1 July 2008, Blue Knights FM ceased broadcasting due to DXGN's "management problem". Currently, both stations are nonfunctional.

Student Organizations

The Samahan Central Board, also referred to as SAMAHAN, is the official student government of the University. Together with the Campus Clubs Organization (CCO) and the General Assembly of Class Presidents (GACP), the Samahan Central Board is under the supervision of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA).

The Campus Clubs Organizations (CCO) has the mandate on all student organizations within the university, except the Special Organizations created by the Office of Student Affairs.

The GACP on the other hand, has the mandate for all duly elected class presidents.

Campus Student Organizations

For the School Year 2008 - 2009, these are the organizations officially recognized by the Campus Clubs Organization and the Office of Student Affairs:

  • Ateneo Cathechetical Instruction League (ACIL)
  • Ateneo de Davao Association of Chemistry Students (ADDACS)
  • Ateneo de Davao Mathematics Society (AdDAMS)
  • Ateneo de Davao Association of Mechanical Engineering (ADAMES)
  • Ateneo Dance Troupe (ADT)
  • L'Association Internationale Des Estudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (AIESEC)
  • Ateneo Marketing Club (AMARC)
  • Ateneo Muslim Youth Organization (AMYO)
  • Ateneo Photographers Society (APS)
  • Ateneans Reaching Towards Excellence (ARETE)
  • Ateneo Security Force (ASF)
  • Ateneo Society of Industrial Engineering Majors (ASIEM)
  • Ateneo Glee Club (Carillon)
  • Campus Liturgical Ministries (CLM)
  • Christian Life Community (CLC)
  • Commission on Elections (COMELEC)
  • Democratic Students' Union (DSU)
  • Economics Society (Ecosoc)
  • Future Educators of Ateneo (FEAT)
  • Federation of United Students of Electrical Engineering (FUSEE)
  • Haribon Foundation (HARIBON)
  • Campus Clubs Organizations (CCO)
  • Ateneo Circle of Computer Sciences Students (ACCESS)
  • Ateneo Filipino-Chinese Community (AFICC)
  • The Ateneo Biological Society (TABS)
  • Tribong Mindanaw Mountaineering Club (TRIMMOC)
  • Youth Community Service Club (YCSC)
  • Junior Ecologists' Movement (JEM)
  • Junior Finance Executive Club (JFINEX)
  • Junior Philippine Association of Management Accountants (JPAMA)
  • NSTP-CWTS Volunteers (NSTP-CWTS)
  • Pinag-Isang Lakas ng Samahan ng mga Progresibong Atenista (PIGLASAPAT)
  • Philippine Nursing Students' Association-AdDU Chapter (PNSA)
  • Red Cross Youth Club (RCYC)
  • Reacher's Club (Reachers)
  • Samahang Mag-aaral ng Sikolohiyang Filipino (SAMASIKOFIL)
  • Sandawa-Apo Mountaineering Club (Sandawa-Apo)
  • Samahan ng mga Mag-aaral ng Sining at Komunikasyon (SINIKOM)
  • Samahang Mag-aaral ng Agham Pulitika (SAMAPULA)
  • Society of Ateneo Literature and English Majors (SALEM)
  • Society of Electronics and Communications Engineering Students (SELECOMES)
  • Sub-Dominant 7 (SD7)
  • General Assembly of Class Presidents (GACP)

Special Organizations

The following are Special Organizations which are not liable with the Campus Clubs Organizations:

  • Student Affairs Committee
  • Ateneo Dance Troupe (ADT)
  • Ateneo Reaching Towards Excellence (ARETE)
  • Ateneo Glee Club (Carillon)
  • Ateneo Security Force (ASF)
  • Commission on Elections (COMELEC)
  • Teatro Ateneo (TA)
  • Atenews
  • Kalasag Official Site

College of Law:

  • Ateneo Law Forensic Association

Noted alumni

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