University of Manila

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The University of Manila (UM) (Filipino: Pamantasan ng Maynila), is a private university in Sampaloc, Manila founded on 5 October 1913. Its founders were Apolinario G. de los Santos, Mariano V. de los Santos, Maria de los Santos, Buenaventura J. Bello, and Antonio Rivero. The first three were siblings and named their school Instituto de Manila, after the city of Manila. Apolinario G. de los Santos was elected as the first director of the school.


International Language School

M.V. De los Santos Hall of the university

The International Language School offers courses in the English language to foreign students like the Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans. It also offers courses in the Chinese language and (Nihongo) language. The International Language School building likewise provides accommodations for foreign students.

Emiramona Garden Hotel

  • The Emiramona Garden Hotel serves as a training center of the Hotel and Restaurant Management and Tourism students of the university. It is located at Tagaytay City.


The University of Manila was one of the original members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which was founded in 1924.[1] The university was also a former member of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines from 1952 to 1954. Its varsity, the UM Hawks, joined the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) from 2001 to 2012 where it won seven championships.

Inter-university relations

On 7 April 1957, UM entered into a sisterhood relationship with Dohto University of Sapporo and Monbetsu cities, Hokkaido, Japan. Since then, it has undertaken various projects including faculty exchange visits, and technological and library assistance. UM students have also been given the opportunity to study at Tokai University in Tokyo, Japan through an arrangement with the Philippine-Japan Students' Friendship Exchange Association (or P-JSFEA). On 31 October 1977, UM suggested a sisterhood relationship with Hansung University in Seoul, South Korea. On 1 January 1997, in Taipei, UM's high school department and building also linked a sisterhood relationship with Cheng Kung Commercial and Technical High School in Pate City, Taiwan, Republic Of China where UM students can work independently. A sisterhood relationship was again entered into by the university with Meio University of Nago City, Okinawa, Japan on 5 December 1988 when UM announced a plan for its sisterhoods.

Notable alumni


The University of Manila is an active member of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU), Commission on Higher Education, Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL), Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), Philippine Association of Teacher Education (PAFTE), Philippine Society for Educational Research and Evaluation (PSERE), the University Belt Consortium, and the International Association of Universities.