Notre Dame of Marbel University

Notre Dame of Marbel University
Notre Dame of Marbel University
Pamantasang Notre Dame ng Marbel
Motto All to Jesus through Mary


University Status1992
Type Private University
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic, Marist
President Bro. Wilfredo Lubrico FMS
Location Koronadal City, South Cotabato, PhilippinesPhilippines
Campus Alunan Avenue (Main Campus), IBED Km. 2, NDMU Farm

Notre Dame of Marbel University (locally known as NDMU) is a Catholic educational institution located in Koronadal City, South Cotabato, the Philippines. It is run by the Marist Brothers, a Catholic religious order from France. It offers pre-school, elementary, high school, college and postgraduate courses. It is the first Marist university in the Philippines, and it houses the largest library in Mindanao, known as NDMU Library. NDMU is the only university in Koronadal City and it has been a member of the Notre Dame Educational Association, a group of Notre Dame Schools in the Philippines under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary.



The mission of the Notre Dame of Marbel University is capsulized in three words: character, competence and culture in harmony.

As a Catholic institution inspired by Marist tradition, Notre Dame Marbel University offers an approach education which stresses the development of the whole person who is animated by Christian values, who is competent and committed to render service through his chosen career, who appreciates and cherishes his cultural heritage.

In the light of this approach, Notre Dame of Marbel University commits itself to:

  • Respond to the educational needs of the multi-cultural region it serves;
  • Uphold academic excellence and moral formation;
  • Instill the Marist spirit and tradition embodied in the motto: "All to Jesus through Mary";
  • Train competent professional imbued with a sense of nationalism; and
  • Develop respect and appreciation for cultural diversity

Curricular program

  • Ph.D. in Educational Management
  • Ph.D. in Science Education (Chemistry and Physics)
  • Master in Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master in Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master in Science
  • Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)
  • Master of Arts in Nursing (Consortium w/ San Pedro College)
  • Master in English, Mathematics, Information Technology, Chemistry, Biology and Physics (Non-Thesis)
Five-year courses
  • BS Accountancy
  • BS Civil Engineering
  • BS Computer Engineering
  • BS Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • BS Electrical Engineering
Four-year courses
  • BS Accounting Technology
  • BS Biology
  • BS Computer Science
  • BS Information Technology
  • BS Medical Technology/ Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • BS Nursing
  • BS Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • BS Criminology
  • BS Business Administration
    • Financial Management
    • Marketing Management
  • Bachelor in Elementary Education
    • Area of Concentration is Pre-School and SpEd (special education)
  • Bachelor in Secondary Education
    • Major in Mathematics, Filipino, English, MAPEH and Science
  • Bachelor of Arts (AB)
    • Major in Philosophy, Psychology, History, Political Science, Law Enforcement and Public Safety
Basic education
  • Complete preparatory, elementary and secondary education (NDMU-IBED Bo. 2 Campus)

Main campus

NDMU's main campus is on Alunan Avenue, City of Koronadal, So. Cotabato. It includes the following:

  • College of Health Sciences (formerly College of Nursing)
  • College of Education
  • College of Business Administration (formerly College of Business)
  • College of Engineering & Technology (formerly College of Science and Technology)
  • College of Arts and Sciences (formerly College of Liberal Arts)
  • Graduate School
  • Champagnat Community College (CCC) community extension program


  • NDMU Library
  • NDMU Museum
  • NDMU Gymnasium
  • NDMU Clinic
  • NDMU Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Marist Mansion
  • HRM Laboratory Building
  • Nursing Laboratory
  • Crime Laboratory
  • Science and Technology Building (Omer and Teston Hall)
  • Lorenzo Hall
  • Dumont Hall
  • CBA Recreation Area
  • St. Marcellin Champagnat Hall
  • 4 Audio Visual Rooms

IBED Campus

The IBED Campus is located in Km. 2 (Bo. 2), Brgy. Zone 2, City of Koronadal and includes the following:

  • Kindergarten
  • Elementary
  • High School
  • NDMU-IBED Gymnasium
  • Dormitory
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • NDMU Hospital
  • Auditorium


The farm is at Brgy. Paraiso, City of Koronadal and includes the following:

  • Recollection House
  • Two one-storey buildings
  • 1,200 hectares of land with crops of mango, rice and corn for agriculture-related courses

NDMU Complex

The NDMU Complex comprises the following:

  • NDMU Main Complex comprises a two-storey building that houses Internet cafes, pharmacies, clinics and offices
  • NDMU Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory, officially opened December2500, it is a clinical and diagnostic lab for health sciences students
  • NDMU E-biz Building houses a 24-hour RCBC E-Biz Bank
  • Marian Building is a two-storey building that has pharmacies, offices and stores

They are along Alunan Avenue, in front of South Cotabato Sports Complex (SMRAA) and DEPED South Cotabato Division.

History and timeline

Rev. Francis McSorley, OMI, founded Notre Dame of Marbel High School immediately after World War II to cater to the education needs of the sons and daughters of the settlers of Koronadal valley. It was the first high school in the area.

  • 1949 The first Graduation Exercises of the Notre Dame of Marbel High School (NDM) had 37 men and 16 women graduating.
  • 1950 Br. Edmund Conrad Paradis, FMS, took over the direction of the boys, while Mother Maria Ronquillo, RVM, took care of the girls. Fr. Matthew Casey, OMI, remained as the school director.
  • 1951 The Marist Brothers completely took over the management and ownership of the Notre Dame of Marbel from the Oblate Fathers (OMI). Br. Paradis became the director-principal of boys and girls department. The RVM Sisters left the school and the management of the girls was later taken over by the OP Sisters of Siena in the beginning of the school year 1959-1953.
  • 1952 Bro. Paradis and Mo. Josefina Burgos, Prioress-General of the OP Sisters, made a contract to build a library and administration building using permanent materials. The cost would be shared 50-50 and to be built on the boundary of two properties. This would become the first cement hollow block building in the campus. The Dominican Sisters of Siena (OP) took over the care of the girls from the RVM Sisters, which became the ND of Marbel Girls' Department. The Marist Brothers continued to take care of the boys and known as the ND of Marbel Boys’ Department.
  • 1954 The Brothers residence (made of cement hollow blocks) was completed and blessed by Fr. Marcy, SJ, during the annual retreat of the Brothers.
  • 1955 Opening of the college department with course offerings in Education, Liberal Arts, Pre-Law, Pre-Nursing, Commerce and Secretarial. Br. Herbert Dumont, FMS, was its founder and first dean. The school now assumed the name Notre Dame of Marbel College, coeducational except in the high school department.
  • 1957 The first graduation exercises of Notre Dame of Marbel College, 89 graduates: 78 CSS, 8 AA general, and 3 AA Pre-Law (56 CSS had already graduated on May 15, 1956).
  • 1962-1964 Opening of the elementary department for boys with Br. Regis Xavier Creegan, FMS, as its first principal. The enrollees were from the Girl’s Elementary first to fourth grades. The Sisters retained the fifth and sixth grades. The agreement was to phase out the girls as they graduate and to retain/enroll only boys in the future.
  • In 1964, the first elementary graduation has undergone under the care of the Marist Brothers with 26 boys and 15 girls graduated. These pupils started their schooling with the OP Sisters.
  • 1965 Completion of the two-storey concrete college building, now known as SLR Hall, which houses the library, laboratories and classrooms.
  • 1966-1967 The first time the title “President” was used to designate the head of NDMC. Brother Norman J. Roy, FMS, was conferred with such title for two consecutive years.
  • 1967 NDMC was chosen as one of the center colleges of NDEA to start the faculty development program to train teachers of both public and private in various subject areas.
  • 1967 Opening of the Graduate School of Education with offerings in Master of Arts in Education, major in Educational Administration. It started with 44 students; Br. Joseph Damian Teston, FMS, was its founder and first dean.
  • 1968 First PAASCU accreditation of the three programs: Education, Commerce, Liberal Arts.
  • 1969 First graduation exercise of the Graduate School with one candidate: Mercedes Amoroso, MA in Educational Administration.
  • 1970 Opening of Master of Arts in Teaching: Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and

Natural Science. NDMC accepted the responsibility to be the Regional Science Teaching Center (RSTC). The annex building for the RSTC offices was constructed.

  • 1973 Opening of the Mindanao Institute for Development of School Administrators (MIDSA), a three-year scholarship grant from the Asia Foundation and the Filipinas Foundation for MA program for 31 high school administrators coming from Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao City, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Lanao del Sur. Opening of the apprenticeship program for the training of out-of-school youth, funded by Asia Foundation (MTTP).
  • 1975 Launching of EAMA, a 21-month masters program for 27 participants from ethnic groups from provinces of Mindanao.
  • 1976 Started the construction of the NDMC gymnasium by MCDC. In the later part of 1976, NDMC became one of the two NDEA Regional Development Centers (RSDC). It trained teachers in Communication Arts and assisted in the textbook project of the Education Program Implementing Task Force (EDPITAF).
  • 1978 NDMC was chosen as one of the six Notre Dame colleges in the South Cotabato region to pilot-test the Circuit Rider Program, an on-site upgrading of teachers competence through mobile teams of local subject experts in communication arts, science and mathematics. It also starts the Para-Teachers Program, an innovative program for elementary school teachers in the cultural community areas of Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, and South Cotabato and the resurvey of the colleges of Commerce, Education, and Liberal Arts for PAASCU accreditation.
  • 1980 First kindergarten graduation with 72 boys graduating.
  • 1981 Development of 15-hectare Demonstration Farm in Barangay Paraiso, Koronadal, for training, field demonstration, and practicum of the students enrolled in agriculture. It is also a dispersal center for goats to local farmers.
  • 1982 Start of the Dairy Goat Dispersal project at the demo farm with an initial grant from OXFAM (England).
  • 1983 Construction of a three-storey, 14-classroom college building to accommodate the growing population of the college. It was intended to house the engineering classes and lab.
  • 1984 PAASCU resurvey of the colleges of Commerce, Liberal Arts, and Education for re-accreditation.
  • 1986 Expansion of the NDMC demo farm to 35 hectares to meet the growing needs of agriculture students and the extension programs of the college.
  • 1987 NDMC became the sister school of Notre Dame College of Shepparton, Australia. Two groups led by Br. Columbanus Pratt, FMS came to visit school.
  • 1988 Hosting of NDEA Silver Jubilee Athletic Competitions. Start of the construction of the science-building complex with grant from the USAID-ASHA of the United States through the FMS Esopus Province sponsorship.
  • 1989 Teston Hall, part of the Science Complex, which accommodated the Physics Lab, Computer Lab, Mathematics Lab, and Champagnat Hall, was ready for occupancy.
  • 1990 Purchase of a 3.5-hectare land as a site for the elementary and high school departments in Barrio Two and a three-storey building was completed nine months later.
  • 1991 Completion of the one-storey, two-classroom building in the Demo Farm, Barangay Paraiso, Koronadal City.
  • 1992-1993 In 1992, NDMC was granted a university status and given the name Notre Dame of Marbel University. Br. Eugene Pius Tajo, FMS became the first university president. The blessing and formal turnover of the Science Complex building to NDMU by Compex Construction was done during this year.
  • In 1993, the turnover of the administration of the university to the lay with Dr. Leonor P. Pagunsan as the first woman president.
  • In 1994, start of the construction of the new elementary school building in Barrio 2, Koronadal, South Cotabato.
  • In 1996, the blessing and turnover of the new elementary school building to NDMU administration.
  • And in 1999, Bro. Crispin Betita, FMS took over the reign of government of the university from Dr. Pagunsan, who completed her six-year term as president.
  • 2001 CHED grants full autonomy to ND Marbel University, one among the 30 schools throughout the country and one among the four in Mindanao.

Awards and citations

  • Granted Full Automony as a Higher Education Institution by Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
  • Center for Excellence in Teacher Education (COE-TE)
  • Center of Development for Excellence in Information Technology (CODE-IT) for Region IX
  • CHED – Zonal Research Center (ZRC) for Region XI, XII and ARMM
  • Association of Catholic Universities in the Phils (ACUP) Center for Mindanao
  • Regional Science Teaching Center (DOST)
  • Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) Center
  • Satellite Office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE – XI)
  • Lead Institution in Functional Literacy (Dep Ed - BNFE)
  • Aurora Aragon Quezon National Peace Awardee
  • 3Com NetPrep Regional Training Center
  • Small-Medium Enterprise Development (SMED) Center (DTI)
  • CISCO Academy for Mindanao
  • Region XII Outstanding Volunteer Program Awardee
  • 2005 National Awardee on Volunteerism


2006–present Bro. Wilfredo E. Lubrico, FMS
1999 - 2006 Bro. Crispin P. Betita, FMS
1993 - 1999 Dr. Leonor P. Pagunsan
1989 - 1993 Bro. Eugene Pius Tajo, FMS
1985 - 1989 Bro. Manuel P. Uluan, FMS
1980 - 1985 Bro. Wenceslao Calimpon, FMS
1976 - 1980 Bro. Renato Cruz, FMS
1973 - 1976 Bro. Agustin Cabrera, FMS
1970 - 1973 Bro. Paul Johannes Meuten, FMS
1966 - 1970 Bro. Damian Teston, FMS
1961 - 1966 Bro. Henry Joseph Ruiz, FMS
1958 - 1961 Bro. Herbert Daniel Dumont, FMS
1957 - 1958 Bro. Joseph Damian Teston, FMS
1952 - 1957 Bro. Herbert Daniel Dumont, FMS

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