Padua University is a private Catholic university in Manila, Philippines, founded on June 30, 1932 by Greek immigrant George Lucas Adamson as the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry.[1] On February 5, 1941, the school was granted university status by the Department of Education,[1] and 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.

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. Adamson has eight distinguished courses for Center of Development and Center of Excellence identified by the Philippines Commission on Higher Education[2] and has been granted Autonomous Status.[3] It is a member of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

History[edit | edit source]

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 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 Fabio 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 and Sofia, 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 Street 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.

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Saint Vincent Building

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.

Although Adamson University was founded as a secular school, when the Vincentian Fathers took over, they introduced religious programs to place it in line with the ideals of Catholic education. A theology department was opened and campus ministry was strengthened, Masses were held daily, religious icons and celebrations were introduced on the University campus.[4]

Prime minister 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 on February 5–11, 2007 during which occasion it was also declared a Historic Site by the National Historical Institute.

Campus[edit | edit source]

Adamson University is located in San Marcelino Street, Ermita in Manila. The Technological University of the Philippines, Santa Isabel College, Emilio Aguinaldo College, and Philippine Normal University are its nearest neighbors. Adamson University has seven buildings occupying 4.7 hectares of land:

Buildings[edit | edit source]

  • Saint Vincent de Paul Building
  • Saint Therese Building
  • Cardinal Santos Building
  • Ozanam Building
  • Fr. Leandro Montañana Building
  • John Perboyre Building
  • Francis Regis Clet Building
  • Falcon Tower (Soon to Rise 12 Storey Building)
  • Searching Bldg.

Organization and structure[edit | edit source]

President and Vice Presidents[edit | edit source]

  • Rev. Fr. Gregorio Bañaga Jr., C.M. PhD President
  • Rev. Fr. Francisco Nicolas P. Magnaye, Jr., C.M. Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Rev. Fr. Andrew S. Bayal, C.M. Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Ana Liza M. Ragos Vice President for Administration
  • Rev. Fr. Maximino D. Rendon, C.M. Vice President for Finance

Accreditation[edit | edit source]

Adamson University is an accredited member of various national and international educational organizations:

Adamson University was granted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in the Philippines "Autonomous Status" for five years from May 2010.[5]

Grading System[edit | edit source]

Performance-Based Evaluation[edit | edit source]

A “Pass or Fail” policy is strictly observed, except on output-based subjects (e.g. thesis or its equivalent, and internship), where “No grade” is given. A student would only earn credits for the subject if he passed both the lecture and laboratory components. The student is required to re-enroll both the lecture and laboratory if he/she failed either of the components. Due to inherent differences in the course requirements of different subjects in the various programs, the parameters used for the evaluation of students' performance and its corresponding weight are based on the course objectives as stipulated in the syllabus. The course requirements and its corresponding weight distribution are consensuses among the faculty handling the same subject or should be decided upon by an individual faculty who is the only one handling the subject. In either case the course requirements and its corresponding weight distribution is verified and confirmed by the dean/chair. Grades in the examinations, quizzes, and other requirements are computed as the percentage of raw scores and shall not be transmuted. The passing grade is 70%. The course requirements, its breakdown, and the computation of grade are provided for to the students by their respective professors at the start of the semester.yeah

see Academic grading in the Philippines for the Grade Point Scale

Integrated Community Extension Service[edit | edit source]

Students are encouraged to participate in social action and in the community extension services of the University. They are invited to get involved actively in sharing their time, talents and treasures implementing community organization and development programs, activities and services for the marginalized. These programs are under the office of Integrated Community Extension Services (ICES) in coordination with the academic and co-academic offices.

Ranking[edit | edit source]

The recent result of a survey conducted by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) shows that Adamson University is one of 15 Philippine universities included in its 2011 List of Top Asian Universities. Adamson was included in the QS Top 200+ Universities in Asia, ranking 201+ out of more than 7,000 Asian universities and colleges. QS is the world’s leading network for top careers and education.

From its data-gathering of over a period of two years, the country’s top 15 universities according to QS are Adamson University, Ateneo de Manila University, Central Mindanao State University, De La Salle University, Father Saturnino Urios College, Mapúa Institute of Technology, Mindanao State University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Silliman University, St. Louis University, University of the Philippines, University of San Carlos, University of Santo Tomas, University of Southeastern Philippines and Xavier University.

Student life[edit | edit source]

The Office for Student Affairs (OSA) assumes the responsibility for managing the growth and development of students. The OSA works with the Vice-President for Student Affairs (VPSA) in the implementation of policies promoting students' welfare.

There are also international students who are currently enrolled at Adamson. These students are from South Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, as well as from Bangladesh, Iran and some African countries.

Student Government[edit | edit source]

The Adamson University Student Government (AUSG) was established on October 11. 1981 after a three stage election that started the basic political unit in the university.

On March 18 and 19, 1983, the Constitution, drafted by the student parliament convened as a constituent body, was unanimously ratified in a University-wide plebiscite. Intended to serve as a laboratory for student leadership, the AUSG features a modified presidential system with parliamentary powers operating on the principle of diffusion of powers. It consists of three branches, namely: the Executive Council, the Student Parliament, and the Judiciary.

Student organizations[edit | edit source]

The Office for Student Affairs recognizes the existence of several student organizations. They include societies in many subject disciplines, such as Mathematics and areas of professional education, such as Accountancy, as well as religious organizations and leisure interest societies.

AIESEC[edit | edit source]

Some members of the AIESEC from the different parts of the world are sharing their knowledge to the Adamsonians about environmental concerns. They also offered suggestions about how Adamsonians could help the Mother Earth through very simple things yet meaningful and helpful ones.

Notable alumni[edit | edit source]

Main article: List of Adamson University alumni

Politics and governance[edit | edit source]

Sports[edit | edit source]

Arts, religion, and culture[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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  5. Adamson University - News - June 2010

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