Adamson University

Adamson University

name = Adamson University
native_name = Pamantasang Adamson - Lungsod ng Maynila, Pilipinas

motto = Education with a Heart;
"Veritas in Caritate"
("Truth in Charity")
established = 1932
type = Private, Roman Catholic, Vincentian
president = Fr.Gregorio Bañaga, Jr ,CM
city = Manila
country = Philippines
address = 900 San Marcelino St. Ermita, Manila
students = over 22,000
staff = 1000
campus = Urban 11 acres
colors = Blue and White
free_label = Hymn
free = [ Adamson Hymn]
mascot = Falcon
nickname =
website = []

Adamson University (AdU) or simply Adamson is one of the largest private Catholic university in Manila, Philippines.Fact|date=December 2007 It was founded on June 30, 1932 by the late Dr. George Lucas Adamson together with his cousins Alexander Adamson and George Athos Adamson, as the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry.

It is a member of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). Being a Catholic institution, it participates in the mission of the Church to critically communicate human culture and promote the total formation of a human being. It seeks to contribute to an improved quality of human life together with the environment by undertaking research and extending relevant community services. Currently, Adamson is ranked 6th among Philippine universities based on number of Centers of Excellence and Development.Fact|date=June 2007

Initial efforts were directed towards the developmental needs of the Philippines, particularly in the areas of science and chemical technology. On February 5, 1941, the school was granted university status by the Department of Education. Fact|date=March 2008

On December 4, 1964, the university was turned over to the Vincentian Fathers of the Congregation of the Mission (CM) and was incorporated into the Adamson Ozanam Education Institutions, Inc. Fact|date=January 2008

Today, Adamson University has programs in graduate education, law, the arts and sciences, engineering, nursing, pharmacy, architecture, business administration, teacher education, as well as secondary, elementary, and preparatory education.Fact|date=December 2007

In February 2007, Adamson University celebrated its 75th founding day.


Dr. George Lucas Adamson, a Greek chemist from Athens, founded the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry (ASIC) on June 20, 1932 to train young men and women along the lines of practical industrial chemistry. It started as a one-classroom school that evolved into the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry and Engineering (ASICE) on February 19, 1936. Upon approval by the Secretary of Public Instruction of its application for university status on February 5, 1941, it became known as Adamson University (AdU).

Shortly after the opening, the Founder invited his cousin Alexander Athos Adamson to work in the school. The latter joined the administration on July 15, 1932, serving at one time or another as Vice-President, Treasurer and Registrar. Much later, Alexander’s brother, George Athos Adamson, also came to work in the school in 1934, as school Dean, Dean of the College of Engineering and professor. Evdoxia Savaides Adamson, wife of George Lucas, started working and teaching in the University in 1939, then served as Dean of the College of Education and of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Sofia Adamson, George Athos's wife, taught in the College of Education after arriving in 1939 and briefly served as Directress of the Junior Normal College. Except for George Athos, who left after the second world war with his wife, all the Adamsons remained working in the University until its turnover to the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers of the Congregation of the Mission in 1964. George Lucas Adamson served as President from the beginning until 1967, for a total of 35 years including a three-year holdover stint.

Before finally settling on its permanent home along San Marcelino St. in 1946 after the war, the school stayed in three different locations, namely: Sta. Cruz (1932-1933), San Miguel (1933-1939) and Intramuros (1939-1941). In San Marcelino, the University expanded with the acquisition of the Meralco building in 1968 and the St. Theresa's College - Manila campus in 1977, both just across the street.

Fr. Leandro I. Montañana, C.M., a Spanish Vincentian was the second President, but the first under the C.M. administration. He served in that capacity until 1985 when Fr. Rolando S. Dela Goza, C.M., the first Filipino President, succeeded him all the way to 1994. Next came Fr. Jimmy Belita, C.M., University President until 2003 who in turn was succeeded by the current President Fr. Gregorio L. Bañaga, Jr., C.M.

Although best known for its Chemistry and Engineering programs, Adamson University gradually added Architecture, Sciences, Pharmacy, Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Law, Graduate, and Theology courses as it grew bigger. In the ‘90s, it registered its highest enrollment figure ever: 21,994 students. The transfer of ownership in 1964 incorporated the University into the Adamson-Ozanam Educational Institutions, Inc. It also led to its transition from a secular to a Catholic institution, with the Vincentians holding top administrative posts and becoming majority members of the Board of Trustees. St. Vincent de Paul, founder of the C.M., was declared University Patron Saint and the motto “Veritas in Caritate” (Truth in Charity) was adopted. A new vision was articulated, basically that of offering affordable quality education especially for the socially disadvantaged - one not substantially different from the Founder’s who wanted to help Filipinos gain a livelihood by offering a maximum amount of practical education in a minimum amount of time. In keeping up with the new millennium’s challenges and demands, the University responded by offering information technology and health care courses.

Adamson University celebrated its Diamond Jubilee on February 5-11, 2007 during which occasion it was also declared a Historic Site by the National Historical Institute.

Today, it is a dynamic and harmonious community of administrators, faculty, employees, and students teaming up in pursuit of academic excellence to produce socially responsible and globally competitive graduates. In acknowledgement of the holistic education that they got, many alumni continue to support what their Alma Mater proudly offers as an “Education with a Heart.” [ [, History of Adamson University] ]


Adamson University is located in San Marcelino, Ermita, Manila along with Technological University of the Philippines- Manila and Philippine Normal University- Manila. It maintains buildings namely: St. Vincent Building, St. Therese Building, Cardinal Santos Building, Ozanam Building, John Perboyre Building, St. Francis Regis Clet Building and Leandro Montañana Building.

St. Vincent Building (SV Building) is the founding building of Adamson University, the University Gym and the St. Vincent Hall are located at its grounds.

St. Theresa Building (ST Building) was the former site of St. Theresa's College- Manila which was phased out. Within its grounds are the St. Therese Quadrangle, Botanical Garden, Earthworm Sanctuaries, and the Adamson Theater.

Cardinal Santos Building (CS Building) was formerly owned by Meralco before it was handed over to Adamson University. It houses the University President's Office and the Registrar's Office thus making it the busiest place during enrollment.

Ozanam Building (OZ Building) houses most of the university's technical laboratories and the College of Engineering and its departments. The chemistry laboratory located here is dubbed as the largest in South-East Asia region.

John Perboyre Building (JP Building) has classrooms and an Audio-Visual Room.

St. Francis Regis Clet Building (FRC Building) houses the Basic Education Department of the University.

Fr. Leandro Montañana CM Building (LM Building) houses the University Library on the first three floors and the College of Nursing.

Adamson University Art Gallery exhibited (9-man) "Elements 2, a Group Exhibit: The Art and Craft of Alternative" (July 21 to 31, 2008. [Philippine Daily Inquirer, Lifestyle Arts & Books, July 21, 2008, page D3]

tudent Life

The University's commitment to the formation, growth and education of the students include recognition that they are preparing for life in a world of wider social structurem new and challenging knowledge, skills and technology, in an emerging community and its commitment expectations in the world of work. Towards this end, University provides opportunities for the students' exposure to situations and events as well as to experience of faith and life through involvement in academic, community, professional and religious programs and activities. The entire Adamson University community, which includes the faculty, administrators and staff, encourages and supports the students' search for wisdom or knowledge and ensures the integrated formation of the students. Various co-curricular activities are developed to complement the education received in classrooms. The Office for Student Affairs (OSA) assumes the responsibility of facilitating the growth and development of students. The OSA works in close collaboration with the Vice-President for Student Affairs (VPSA) in the implementation of policies promoting students' welfare. The OSA-Discipline provides the atmosphere of peace and safety essential to the pursuit of knowledge. It resolves disciplinary problems through the involvement of the different sectors of the academic community as well as the parents of the students.




*Doctor of Philosophy in Education
*Doctor of Philosophy in Management
*Master of Arts in Education Specialization in:• Supervision & Administration• Computer Aided Instruction
*Master of Business Administration
*Master of Science in Chemistry
*Master of Science in Management Engineering
*Master in Information Technology
*Master of Engineering
*Master of Science in Pharmacy
*Master of Arts in Theology Major in :• Pastoral Ministry and Renewal• Dogmatic Pastoral Theology• Pastoral Studies and Religious Education


*Bachelor of Laws


*Bachelor of Science in Architecture


*Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
*Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration
*Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in :• Banking & Finance• Management• Marketing• Human Resource Development Management• Operation Management• Business Economics
*Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management "(with CHED Application)"
*Bachelor of Science in Office Administration Major in :• Office Management• Computer Education•Two-year Computer Secretarial Course


*Bachelor of Elementary Education Specialization in :• Computer Technology Education• Physical Education• Religious Education• English• Social Studies
*Bachelor of Secondary Education Specialization in :• Computer Technology Education• Physical Education• Religious Education• English• Social Studies


*Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering**
*Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
*Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
*Bachelor of science in Computer Engineering
*Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
*Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering
*Bachelor of Science in Geology
*Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
*Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
*Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering
*Special Five-Year Ceramic Engineering

"**The only University in the Philippines offering a course to prepare high level technician for industries, manufacturing: Whitewares, Tile, Glass, Enamels, Cement, Limes, and Plasters, Refractories, Structural Clay Products, Insulations, etc."


*Bachelor of Arts Major in :• Economics• Mass Communication• Philosophy• Political Science
*Bachelor of Science in Sports Studies "(with CHED Application)"


*Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Associate in Health Education
*Pharmacy Technician


*Bachelor of Science in Biology
*Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
*Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with specialization in Computer Application
*Bachelor of Science in Psychology
*Associate in Computer Technology
*Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
*Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
*Bachelor of Science in Information Management
*Caregiver - 6 months with certificate


*Bachelor of Science in Nursing


*Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
*Literacy Training Service (LTS)
*Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS)

Basic Education

*High School & Grade School (Boys & Girls)with Computer Subjects
** Accredited by the Phil. Accrediting Association of Schools Colleges and Universities (PAASCU)
* Accredited by the Phil. Association of Colleges and University Commission on Accreditation(PACU-COA)

Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development

*Chemical Engineering
*Civil Engineering
*Computer Engineering
*Computer Science
*Electrical Engineering
*Electronics and Communications Engineering
*Industrial Engineering
*Mechanical Engineering



Fr. Gregg was born in Tarlac City on October 31, 1953. He studied at Holy Spirit College and Don Bosco Institute in Tarlac. After graduating from elementary, he entered the seminary of the Congregation of the Missions, popularly known as the Vincentians. His college years were spent at Adamson University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Philosophy. He continued his studies in Theology at UST finishing in 1979. In March of that year he was ordained a priest.

The first years of his priesthood were spent giving popular missions to some of the outlaying areas of Rizal, Bataan, Camarines Sur and Pangasinan. His work in the missions was interrupted when he was assigned for one and a half years as parish priest of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Manila. After eight years conducting rural missions he was sent to the St. Vincent School of Theology in Quezon City to become the Director of Students and professor of pastoral theology. He taught in that major seminary for four years.

While working in the missions and teaching in the seminary, Fr. Gregg was also involved with an international non-governmental organization called the Movement for a Better World. He became the East Asian coordinator of this group for six years and facilitated training programs in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Burma, Japan, and Korea.

In August of 1992, he was sent to the United States to continue his graduate studies. He started his master's degree in Organizational Development at Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois. While in Chicago, he worked in a parish and was consultant to the Ethnic Ministries of Archdiocese of Chicago.

In August of 1993, he joined the doctoral program in Organizational Behavior of the Weatherland School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. Ohio. During the six years that he studied in Cleveland, he worked at a parish and became the Spiritual Director of the Philippine American Community and Chaplain of University Hospitals.

He finished his doctoral degree in Organizational Behavior in January 2000. He is presently the President of Adamson University, Manila. [ [, Gregorio Banaga] ]

Teaching of Religion

After the Vincentians took over the University, twelve units of theology courses were required for graduation.Fact|date=April 2008 This means that a student had to stay in class for around 150 hours before he is given his graduation diploma from Adamson University. During a particular semester as many as 8,000 students are taking one of the four subjects in theology: Introductory Course in Theology, The Bible, Dogma and the Sacraments, Morals and Ethics. Some of the Vincentian administrators willingly spend hours in the classroom but the vast majority of the professors are laymen and women, some of them Ladies of Charity and members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, who have degrees in Catholic Theology.

An introductory course in religion (Theology I) is required for all students. Fact|date=April 2008

Vincentian priests guide and direct the Theology Department, which was for many years has been under the chairmanship of a priest. For the past few years, as many as 25 professors teach in the department of theology. Special ongoing formation was given to the theology faculty members in the form of seminars, lectures and special courses in the various theological centers in the country. Some of the theology professors have written textbooks for the use of their students.Fact|date=December 2007 Many priests have taught basic theology at Adamson University.

All year round, the Theology department undertakes special programs for the students: retreats by groups, special Masses on various occasions, confessions on first Friday, apostolate with the prisoners and the sick, teaching of catechesis in addition to the daily Masses held on campus. Practically all the freshmen and the graduating classes had to undergo a one or two-day retreat in preparation for entering the school year and for graduation year. Generally, the priest-chairman, the campus minister and the five or six priests assigned to the University give the retreat. But due to the large number of retreatants, around 4,000 students a year, other priests from the neighboring areas are asked to help out. For many students, these retreats are the first retreats of their life and they are inspired to take their spiritual life seriously. This is the time when some are encouraged to become priests or nuns. There are dozens of Sisters who were students of Adamson University; many students became Vincentian seminarians and two have been ordained priests. Facts|date=December 2007


Most students belong to the middle and upper middle-class families.Fact|date=December 2007 There are also hundreds of foreign students from South Korea, China, Taiwan, Africa, Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. Adamson University is the only Greek university in the Philippines.

tudent organizations

*Recognized Student Organizations (RSO)

The Office for Student Affairs recognizes the existence of several student organizations.

**Academic Organizations
***ACES (Association of Civil Engineering Students)
***ACoES (Adamson University Computer Engineering Society)
***ACOMSS (Adamson University Computer Science Society)] []
***AdJMA (Adamson Junior Marketing Association)
***AdUCHESS (Adamson University Chemical Engineering Student Society)
***AIEP (Association of Industrial Engineers of the Philippines)
***AUBS (Adamson University Biology Society)
***AUCS (Adamson University Chemical Society)
***AUECESS (Adamson University Electronics and Communications Engineering Students' Society)
***AUEESS (Adamson University Electrical Engineering Student Society)
***AUMACOMMS (Adamson University Mass Communication Society)
***AUPS (Adamson University Psychological Society)
***AUSES(Adamson University Society of Economics Students)
***AUSNA (Adamson University Student Nurses' Association)
***AUYEA (Adamson University Young Educators Association)
***FJCPPhARC (Federation of Junior Chapters of the Philippine Pharmaceutical Association Rho-Chapter)
***ITMS (Information Technology and Management Society)
***JFINEX (Junior Financial Executives)
***JMA (Junior Management Association)
***JMS (Junior Marketing Society)
***JPAS (Junior Philippine Association Secretaries)
***JPIA (Junior Philippine Institute of Accountancy)
***PSAU (Physics Society of Adamson University)
***PSME (Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers)
***PSSBAU (Political Science Block of Adamson University)
***Political Science and Development Studies Society (POLISCY)
***Unified Customs Administration Society (UCAS)
***United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary (UAPSA-Adamson University Chapter)

**Socio-Civic Organizations under Socio-Civic Student Council
***AB (Aquing Bicol)
***AdU-Band (Adamson University Band)
***ADUMS (Adamson University Mountaineering Society)
***ASA-AdU (Academic Scholar Alliance of Adamson University)
***AUFAP (Adamson University Financial Aid Program
***DOST (Dept. of Science and Technology) Scholars' Society
***JES (Junior Engineer's Society)
***KAPARIZ-AdU (Kabataang Pangarap ni Rizal)
***LINGAP (Liga ng mga Nagkakaisang Magaaral para sa Aktibong Pamunuan)
***HIMIG (Musicians of Adamson University)
***RAC-AdU (Rotaract Club of Adamson University)
***Rong Akeanon (Association of Aklanon Students)
***Volunteer's Org

**Religious Organizations
***A of P (The Apostleship of Prayer)
***COM (Children of Mary)
***CV (Christus Vincit Community)
***SSVP (Society of Saint Vincent de Paul)
***CBI (Christian Brotherhood International)
***VVC (Vincentian Vocation Club)
***YFC (Youth For Christ)

**Acknowledge GROUPS
***Adamson University PEP SQUAD

**Nd organizations (suppressed)
*** League of Filipino students
*** Student Christian Movement of the Philippines

tudent Development Sponsored Activities for the RSO

*Leadership Training (May or June)
*General Assembly & Induction (June)
*Efficiency Training (July)
*Membership Drive (August)
*RSO Sportsfest (August)
*Recollections / Retreats (October)
*Awards Night (February or March)
*Turn Over & Year End Ceremony (March)


Student publications refer to all printed, mimeographed or photocopied, materials published by students for campus circulation.

The following are autonomous organizations and publications but the office extends them editorial and technical advice:
*"The Adamson News", the official publication of Adamson University
*"The Adamson Chronicle", the official student publication of Adamson University
*"Ugnayan", the official publication of the Recognized Student Organizations of Adamson University
*"Daloy", the official journal of College of Sciences, launched in SY 2007-2008 [Philippine Daily Inquirer, Learning, page G2, July 21, 2008]

Vincentian Apostolate

Although Adamson University was founded as a secular school, when the Vincentian Fathers took over, they introduced several important religious programs to place it in line with the general ideals of Catholic education. A theology department was opened, campus ministry was strengthened, Masses were held daily, religious icons and celebrations were introduced on the University campus.Fact|date=September 2007 These diverse apostolic activities were based not only on the various guidelines from the Holy See which looks at education as a most important apostolate but also from the experiences of Vincentian Universities around the world.Fact|date=April 2008

Integrated Community Extension Service (ICES)

The Integrated Community Extension Services (ICES) is another Vincentian service arm of the University specifically instituted to reach out to the underprivileged members of society. A yearly report noted the following activities of ICES: "Although it is relatively new, it has attracted the attention of many groups, especially the accreditation councils, for its untiring efforts in reaching out to the underprivileged members of society. Its occupational skills program graduated 316 students, its food processing seminars had 49 participants, the dressmaking class had 56.Fact|date=December 2007

The Vincentian Fathers, through the Adamson University ICES office, saw another instrument of their apostolic ministry. With hundreds of people who benefitted by the occupational skills, food processing and dressmaking programs,Fact|date=April 2008 they opened other projects. There were training for computer skills, automotive, and electrical skills. Many of the trainers were volunteers from among faculty members and students of the University. One of the most popular and effective training programs was computer literacy for youth. At one time practically all the 150 or so secretaries of the Archdiocese of Manila underwent several days of a training program which helped revolutionize the record keeping and accessing programs in the whole archdiocese of Manila. Before the training sessions, the participants are invited to pray, read the bible or listen to some short inspirational talks by the director or a priest.Fact|date=December 2007

Vincentian Center for Social Responsibility (VCSR)

On September 28, 2007, Vice President Noli De Castro welcomed the launching of the Vincentian Center for Social Responsibility (VCSR) by the Adamson University. VCSR intends to engage the Adamson’s academic community more deeply and directly in nation-building. De Castro also cited the Adamson University and the Vincentian community for their efforts in putting up the VCSR: “"it is high time we introduce to students a concept of brotherhood that is not based on exclusivity ...At mas natutuwa ako na ang napili ninyong pilot community ay ang Southville relocation site sa Cabuyao (Laguna)".” [ [, Vice President cites Vincentian community for nation-building] ]

Notable alumni

Politics and Governance

Arts and Culture



Notable Campus Leadership Awardees

ee also

*Commission on Higher Education (Philippines)#Centers of Excellence
*Education in the Philippines

External links

* [ The OFFICIAL Website of Adamson University]


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