The History of Ateneo de Davao University
The Ateneo de Davao University is a premiere Filipino, Catholic and Jesuit University founded by the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus in 1948. It aims to establish a standard of excellence in academic and spiritual formation in various fields.
The University single-mindedly aspires to champion a strong tradition of academic excellence and of greater service. It offers a comprehensive formation underscoring the holistic development of the person as an individual (mind and heart), and as a member of the human community. It labors to realize its mission of being “stronger in faith” (fortes-in-fide) in pursuit of God’s ultimate plan. In the spirit of service, various schools, colleges, divisions and departments of the Ateneo community reach out to local communities and other institutions, living out its mission ad majorem Dei gloriam. Through its diverse formation activities and student-centered programs, the Ateneo helps form young men and women into “persons-for-others” (maging-tao-para-sa-kapwa).
The Ateneo de Davao offers a wide array of programs in the undergraduate and graduate levels. The school's academic programs include the humanities, education, accounting, business, law, social sciences, philosophy, nursing, social work, theology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and information technology, engineering, architecture, and public administration. The university also heavily engages itself in research and community social involvement.
Life in Ateneo de Davao University
The Ateneo de Davao has a robust sports program in college, high school and grade school. The university has varsity teams in the sport of basketball, football, volleyball, track & field, table tennis, swimming, arnis and chess. It participates in athletic leagues such as the Davao Association of Catholic Schools Sportsfest (DACS), Davao Champions League (DCL), Duterte Basketball League (DBL), Davao City Collegiate League (DCCL), UNIGAMES.
Based on international rankings, the Ateneo de Davao University placed 127th in the Asian region, according to an academic peer review survey done by the QS 2009 Asian University Rankings. According to the same survey, the university ranked 153rd based on recruiter reviews and 201st in the overall ranking.
The Ateneo de Davao University seeks to enroll students of good character and demonstrated citizenship who enjoy being part of a community that welcomes and encourages the participation of each of its members. Students should have strong academic ability and should be seeking to build a record of personal achievements appropriate for college admission.
Ateneo de Davao has produced graduates in the fields of arts, governance, law, medicine, media, service and science. Here are some of its notable alumni:
- Conrado "Bobby" Gempesaw, Ph.D. (AB Economics '80) - 17th and 1st lay president of St. John's University in Queens, New York City
- Jasmine B. Lee (born Jasmine Bacurnay y Villanueva) - a Filipino-born Korean, television personality, actress and civil servant; Elected as a proportional representative in South Korea's National Assembly
- Juris Fernandez (GS '91 and HS '95)- Member of MYMP.
- Prospero Nograles (GS '60 and HS '64) - former Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives, first ever elected Speaker from Mindanao in a hundred years in Philippine legislative history
Ateneo de Davao University has an admission rate of 30-40%.