University of the Assumption

University of the Assumption

name = University of the Assumption

motto = "Virtus, Scientia, et Communitas" ("Knowledge must lead to virtue and to community service")
established = 1963
type = Private, Archdiocesan University
president = Most Reverend Roberto "Bobet" Mallari,D.D.
city = City of San Fernando
state = Pampanga
country = Philippines
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campus = Suburban
free_label = Hymn
free = [ The Assumption Hymn] Lyrics by Elizabeth Yumul-Manunge, Music by Meynardo G. Lansangan
colors = Blue and white
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The University of the Assumption (U.A.) is a private Archdiocesan Catholic university located in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines. It was founded on January 12, 1963 and is the first and only Catholic Archdiocesan University in the Philippines and in Asia.


The university was originally called "Assumption Junior College", and was located on the third floor of the Assumpta Building in downtown San Fernando. The school was under the watchful eyes of Sr. Gunfrida Schneyer, O.S.B., who was also at the time the Superior of the Community of Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing (Germany). The college began with a total enrollment of 275 students. The initial degrees originally offered were Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Bachelor of Science in Education, and Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.

In 1965 the college moved to its present site at the Unisite Subdivision, in Barangay Del Pilar. The Puno Hall at the time was the first and only building on the campus. 1965 also saw the institution's official recognition as "Assumption College of Pampanga".

The administrative revamp in 1966 brought a member of the clergy to the helm of the institution. The administration of Rev. Fr. Aniceto M. Franco, then dean and rector, saw the need to establish a high school and grade school on campus. Sr. Mary Philip Ryan, O.P. and the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of Remedies assisted in the supervision of both departments. Sr. Mary Philip Ryan was also the superior of the Dominican community whose members performed active roles in the institution's affairs as faculty members and administrators. In 1969, the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering was added to the original roster of degrees offered at the college. It was also during the term of Father Franco, that the construction of the Ryan building, the Benedictine Building, and the Gymnasium further enhance the expansion of the campus.

Rev. Fr. Octavio M. Ramos became the first president of the college in 1974. During his term he worked for the recognition of additional degrees namely, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Architecture. The Graduate School was organized with Master of Arts in Education and Master in Business Administration programs. To cater to the need for short term courses, Government Accounting and Junior Secretarial courses were added. By 1980, the Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC) granted the institution university status. On March 19, 1980 the college officially became known as the "University of the Assumption".

During Fr. Ramos's presidency enrollment soared and the campus grew with the construction of the following building:
*The Nutrition building
*The Grade School building, currently known as the Rev. Msgr. Octavio M. Ramos building
*The Msgr. Guerrero building which houses the University Chapel
*The Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz Museum and Archives
*The Multi-Purpose Hall
*The Ryan Hall extension
*The Puno Hall extension
*The Alumni building
*The Post Office
*The Waiting Shed

Under Fr. Ramos, the University was chosen as a site for the Regional Staff Development Center, the Nutrition Center, the Decentralized Learning Resource Center, and the Educational Development Implementation Task Force for Region III. It was also under his term that the Outreach Ministry was launched.

In 1986, Rev. Fr. Cenovio M. Lumanog, Ph.D. was appointed president by then Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz, J.C.D., D.D. During his term, the Department of Education, Culture and Sports granted the University the permit and on June 13, 1988, the recognition to offer a Doctorate Degree in Education.

In 1990, the Most Rev. Jesus C. Galang, D.D., then the Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando, was installed as the president by Archbishop Paciano B. Aniceto D.D. During his incumbency, the Archbishop V. Cruz building and the Library building were constructed. It was also during his term that the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy was added to the courses offered at the University.

Rev. Fr. Msgr. Ricardo Jesus T. Serrano, assumed the role as university president in 1992. Early in his term, he instituted anti-lahar and anti-flood constructions. During his administration, the following degrees were added to the curriculum: Masters degree in Public Administration; Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management; Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design; Bachelor of Science in Commerce with a major in computer science; and a Master of Education with majors in Early Childhood, Mathematics, and English.

Under the guidance of Fr. Serrano, the Grade School building under went major reconstructed and was converted into a three-storey building. It was expanded to include three wings, namely, the "Msgr. Lumanog Building", the "Msgr. Ramos Building", and the "Franco Building". In order to meet the needs of the growing student populace, rooms at the "Archdiocese of San Fernando building" (ASF) and the "Diocese of San Fernando building" (DSF) were occupied to house the computer laboratories, and modern typing, and lecture rooms. The Archbishop Cinense Gymnasium has also undergone major renovations. Modernization of the campus included two additional audio-visual rooms, an Internet Center, computer rooms and a number of multimedia classrooms. A tennis court with a mini club house were added to enhance the sports and athletic facilities on campus. The newest buildings on campus are the Hotel and Restaurant Management building, presently known as the "Domus Mariae International Center" (the UA Hotel); and the new High School Building (Phases 1 and 2). Other enhancements include the UA Facade; the UA Radio Studio; the UA TV Studio, the Speech Laboratory and the "Archbishop Aniceto Student Center Building".

In the new millennia, the University of the Assumption became a member of the Philippine Association of Accredited Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) and in 2002, the Liberal Arts, Education, Commerce, Accountancy and Nursing programs, as well as the Grade School and High School curricula, were granted Level 2 Accreditation.

The Graduate School, of the University, ranked among the top graduate education centers in the region based on the results of the Evaluation of Graduate Education in the Philippines (EGEP) jointly conducted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE) from July 2003 to September 2004.

In August 2005, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) approved the university’s application to offer Bachelor of Science in Biology (Pre-Med), and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics effective school year 2006-2007.

Under his administration, he was able to construct a new High School building, whose enrollment was declining at the time.

As of May 30, 2007 Rev. Fr. Msgr. Ricardo Jesus T. Serrano, despite his superb contribution to the university he was removed as president and transferred to the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando, Pampanga.

His Excellency the Most Reverend Roberto C. Mallari,D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando, Pampanga, has taken the reigns of the university on the 18th of June 2007. Moral ascendancy and Catholic values have been the driving force in his administration.


The University of the Assumption has five academic colleges:
* "School of Technological Studies" - The School of Technological Studies has the second largest undergraduate enrollment at the university. It offers bachelor degrees in Architecture, Interior Design, Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science.
:* "Architecture & Interior Design" - The College of Architecture at the University of the Assumption is the first college in the province of Pampanga to offer a bachelors degree in Architecture. In 1979, Assumption College of Pampanga conceived the idea of creating its own College of Architecture as a pre-requisite for attaining its university status. In June of the same year, the first College of Architecture in the region was born. Three young architects were commissioned to become the first faculty: Efren Mendoza, Rodolfo Alviz and Danilo Galura. Danilo Galura became the first dean of the college. Two sections of seventy-two freshmen became the pioneering batch. Steadily, the population of the college grew. Not only in the studentry, but also in faculty.
* "School of Business" - formerly known as the College of Commerce. It provided one of the original degrees offered at the University, the Bachelor of Science in Commerce. It has the largest undergraduate enrollment in the university. The School of business offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.
* "School of Arts and Sciences"
* "College of Education" - The College of Education is one of the oldest college at the university offering a Bachelors of Science in elementary education, or secondary education. It offers a Master of Arts in Education and is currently the only college to offer a doctoral degree.
* "College of Nursing" - The College of Nursing at the University of the Assumption is one of three universities in the province that offers a bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN). Opened in 1974 during the appointment of Rev. Fr. Octavio M. Ramos, it began as a response to the need of educating the low and middle class families of Pampanga. Clinical affiliations and internships are conducted at the Jose B. Lingad Regional Hospital and at various hospitals throughout Metro Manila, including the University of Santo Tomas, the oldest university in the Philippines. Community outreach programs in the local barrios of the province are a regular part of the clinical experience and is a major emphasis of the program.

Degrees and Programs offered

Undergraduate Programs

[ School of Business]
* Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Majoring in:
* [ School of Technological Studies]
* Bachelor of Science in Architecture
* Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
* Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
* Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
* Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
* Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
* Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
* [ School of Arts and Sciences]
* Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication
* Bachelor of Science in Psychology
* Bachelor of Science in Biology (Pre-Med)
* [ College of Nursing]
* Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Graduate Programs

* [ Masters in Business Administration (MBA)]
* [ Master in Public Administration (MPA)]
* [ Master of Arts in Education (MAED)] with areas of specializations in:
*"'Master of Arts in Theological Studies'"

Post Graduate Program

* [ Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.) Major in Educational Management]

Student Organizations

*University of the Assumption Central Student Council (UACSC)
*AB-Economics Society (ECOSOC)
*AB-Psychology Society (PSYCHSOC)
*Assumption Architecture Associates (AAA)
*Business Management Association of the Assumption (BMAP)
*Citizen's Drug Watch (CDW)
*College of Computer Science Council (CCSC)
*College Red Cross Youth Council (CRCYC)
*Commerce College Council (CCC)
*Computer Society (COMSOC)
*Council of Hotel and Restaurant Management Students (CHARMS)
*Education Student's Association (ESA)
*Engineering Student's Organization (ESO)
*Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA)
*Mass Communications Students Association (MSCA)
*Nursing Student Council (NSC)
*Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE)
*Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers (PIIE)
*Society of Liberal Arts Students (SLAS)
*UA English Society (ENGSOC)
*UA Student Assistance Organization (UASAO)
*UA Student Grantees Association (UASGA) which includes:
Religious Organizations under the supervision of the Director of Campus and Outreach Ministry

*Apostolate for the Aged (Bahay Pag-ibig)
*Catechetical Ministry
*CFC Youth for Christ (YFC)
*Commentators-Lectors Guild (COMLEC)
*Christ's Youth in Action (CYA)
*Hospital Ministry
*Knights of the Alter
*Prison Apostolate
*Street Children
*Youth Community Service Club


The University of the Assumption is affiliated with the following accredited national professional organizations:

* ACUP – Association of Catholic Universities of the Philippines
* APSA – Association of Private Schools and Administrators
* ASPAF – Association of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippines, Inc.
* CDCE – Council of Deans of the College of Education
* CEAP – Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines
* CEM – Center for Educational Measurement
* COCOPEA – Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations
* COHREP – Council of Hotel and Restaurant Educators of the Philippines
* GCP – Guidance Circle of the Philippines
* HRAP – Hotel & Restaurant Association of the Philippines
* PAARLNET – Philippine Association for Academic Research Library Network
* PAASCU – Philippine Accrediting Association of Colleges and Universities
* PACSB – Philippine Association of Colleges and Schools of Business
* PACU – Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities
* PAFTE – Philippine Association for Teacher Education
* PAGE – Philippine Association of Graduate Education
* PAP – Psychological Association of the Philippines
* PHILACAD – Philippine Association of Private Schools and Administrators
* PICPA – Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants
* PNA – Philippine Nurses Association
* PPC – Philippine Psychological Corporation
* PSERE – Philippine Society of Educational Research and Evaluation
* PSITE - Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators
* REDTI – Research and Educational Development Technological Institute
* UAP – United Architects of the Philippines


* University of the Assumption

External links

* [ University of the Assumption Official Website]
* [ University of the Assumption High School Alumni 1980 Website]
* [ Regina - The Official Student Publication of the University of the Assumption]

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