Adamson University

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Adamson University


Motto Education with a Heart


Type Private, Vincentian university
President Fr.Gregorio Bañaga, Jr ,CM
Staff 500

over 22,000

Location Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Address 900 San Marcelino St. Ermita, Manila
Campus Urban

Adamson Hymn

Colors Blue and White
Nickname Adamson Soaring Falcons
Mascot Falcon
Affiliations ASAIHL

Adamson University (AdU) is a Catholic university in Manila, Philippines. It was founded in 1932. 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.



Dr. George Lucas Adamson, a Greek chemist from Athens, founded the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry on June 20, 1932 to train young men and women in practical industrial chemistry. It started as a one-classroom school that evolved into the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry and Engineering on February 19, 1936. Its application for university status was approved by the Secretary of Public Instruction on February 5, 1941 and thereafter it has been known as Adamson University.

Shortly after the opening, George Adamson invited his cousin Alexander Athos Adamson to work in the school. Alexander Adamson joined the administration on July 15, 1932, serving at at various times as Vice-President, Treasurer and Registrar. In 1934, Alexander's brother, George Athos Adamson, came to work in the school, becoming Dean of the College of Engineering of the university.

Evdoxia Savaides Adamson, wife of George Lucas Adamson, 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 Adamson's wife, taught in the College of Education after arriving in 1939 and briefly served as Directress of the Junior Normal College.

With the exception of George Athos Adamson and Sofia Adamson, who left after the Second World War, all the members of the Adamson family 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: 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.

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, although that was not substantially different from the vision of the founder who wanted to help Filipinos gain a livelihood by offering a maximum amount of practical education in a minimum amount of time.

Fr. Leandro I. Montañana, C.M., a Spanish Vincentian, was the second President, but the first under the Vincentian (C.M.) administration. He served in that capacity until 1985 when Fr. Rolando S. Dela Goza, C.M., the first Filipino President, took the office and held it until 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.

While remaining best known for its Chemistry and Engineering programs, Adamson University gradually added Architecture, Sciences, Pharmacy, Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Law, Graduate, Basic Education, and Theology courses. In the 1990s, it registered its highest enrollment figure ever: 21,994 students.

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

Patron Saint

St. Vincent was born of poor parents in the village of Pouy in Gascony, France, about 1580. He enjoyed his first schooling under the Franciscan Fathers at Acqs. Such had been his progress in four years that a gentleman chose him as subpreceptor to his children, and he was thus enabled to continue his studies without being a burden to his parents. In 1596, he went to the University of Toulouse for theological studies, and there he was ordained priest in 1600. The Apostle of Charity, the immortal Vincent de Paul, breathed his last in Paris at the age of eighty. His feast day is September 27. He is the patron of charitable societies.


Adamson University is located in San Marcelino, Ermita, Manila along with Technological University of the Philippines, Santa Isabel College, Emilio Aguinaldo College, and Philippine Normal University. Adamson University has seven buildings occupying 4.7 hectares of land:

  • Saint Vincent Building, the main building of Adamson University. Within its grounds are the gymnasium and the Saint Vincent Hall.
  • Saint Therese Building, the former site of Saint Theresa's College, which was absorbed into Adamson University. Within its grounds are the Saint Therese Quadrangle, Botanical Garden, Earthworm Sanctuaries, and the Adamson Theater.
  • Cardinal Santos Building, formerly owned by Meralco, currently houses the University President's Office and the Registrar's Office
  • Ozanam Building houses most of the university's technical laboratories and the College of Engineering and its departments.
  • John Perboyre Building has classrooms and an audio-visual room
  • Saint Francis Regis Clet Building houses the university's Basic Education Department
  • Leandro Montañana Building houses the University Library on the first three floors and the College of Nursing.



  • 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 Business Administration Major in :

• Banking & Finance • Management • Marketing

  • 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 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)

Teaching of Religion

After the Vincentians took over the University, twelve units of theology courses were required for graduation. 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.

The importance of the religious teaching can be glimpsed from the fact that the majority of the poor students who study at the University at the tuition fee of $600 a semester, have practically no catechetical instruction in their primary and secondary schools which are run by the government. The introductory course in religion (Theology I) is so basic that even the Buddhists, the Muslims and the Protestants can attend the course without qualms of conscience. As the Philippines is a third world country, the parishes and dioceses around the country can barely afford to sponsor the catechetical instructions in the public schools.

The Vincentian Fathers had a very firm guidance and direction of the Theology Department which was for many years under the chairmanship of a priest. The priest-chairman sees to it that the textbooks being used are good, the professors well-qualified, and the teaching-learning experiences beneficial to the students. For the past few years, as many as 25 professors teach in the department of theology, all of them trained in the best theology schools in the Philippines and abroad. 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.

Many priests have taught basic theology at Adamson University. As in all courses, the problem was to keep the students interested, communicate enough of the basic Catholic doctrine and to insist that theology is an important part of their lives. The interest of students was enhanced by multi-media presentations, contests and prizes, poster making and painting. One special occasion was the feast of St. Vincent, when all theology students were asked to paint or draw a picture of St. Vincent, write an essay or declaim a poem in honor of St. Vincent de Paul. The classrooms were sources of information and knowledge for the interested priest-professor to get a feel of what the young were thinking about God and their relationship to Him, the various cults in the area, their problems about religion, their parents and their future. There were so many occasions to take care of the young who were not only poor materially but also spiritually and mentally handicapped.

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.

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. 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.

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"

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, 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.


Students who pass through the portals of Adamson University are one in proclaiming their Vincentian brand of training in the various fields and corporations which hire these graduates can distinguish their service orientation. Students who finish their course are assured of a real change in their social and personal lives. They are able to climb from poverty to decent living, from spiritual ignorance to Christian living. As the former president of the University emphasized in his inaugural address: "If the students study law, they can become Vincentian lawyers, with the predilection towards the poor and the deprived. Future managers should remember that they need to help solve the social problems of the country.... Future educators, writers, and artists should be made aware that they are in a position to shape and influence public opinion towards the common good"

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