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Top Ten Oldest Universities in the Philippines

Have you heard of the statement “The oldest is the most experienced?”. It does not only pertain to people but also to Schools. The oldest university in the Philippines was founded way back in the 1590s in the Visayas region. Are you curious about which school lands on number one?

Students tend to be more confident to enter a school that has been there for a long time. I guess the magic there is they know that the school foundation is strong enough to survive the test of time.

Top Ten Oldest Universities in the Philippines

Here are the oldest Universities here in the Philippines.

 #10. National University – It is founded in 1900, the first private, non-sectarian university in the Philippines. With the quote “This philosophy has as its guiding tenets, the internalizing all that is good in the Filipino people: warmth, hospitality, innovativeness, and a high emotional quotient that has made Filipinos renowned in service-oriented industries.” National University’s continuous modernization and upgrading program for their faculty and sports development facilities for a more conducive learning experience for all their students are one of their top priorities. The new University’s 8-story modern design building infrastructure with two units of escalators and four units of elevators is to make the facility conform in modern times.

#9. The Father Saturnino Urios University – by the Diocese of Butuan in Butuan City, Philippines is a Roman Catholic private university. Founded in 1899, Father Urios hail to you, we your children far and near, LUCEAT LUX VESTRA Urians. The FSUU commits itself to provide a balanced program of spiritual formation, educational development, research undertakings, and community involvement for all, Empower all as catalysts for social transformation and development, and Form self-determined Filipinos who uphold the integrity of creation, are crusaders of truth and justice, proud of their identity and heritage and in dialogue with different cultures.

#8. Sacred Heart College of Lucena City- Sacred Heart College of Lucena City, INC., founded on April 27, 1884, is the oldest Catholic institution for men and women in Quezon Province. The vision mission of the school, Sacred Heart College is an audacious Christ-centered education institution committed to empowering communities of learners into inner-directed Vincentian leaders and advocates of persons in poverty situations and of God’s creation.

#7. Universidad de Sta. Isabel – Founded in 1868, It is a Private Catholic School in Naga City, Camarines Sur. The University as an academic community aspires to gain a NATIONAL and GLOBAL DISTINCTION IN ALL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS and SOCIAL ADVOCACIES. You may also take advantage of the spiritual formations designed for you to make you not only a better student but also a better person.

#6. Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University – Founded in 1861 in the large town of Bacolor is a non-profit public higher education institution. The University commits itself to provide an environment conducive to the continuous creation of knowledge and technology towards the transformation of students into globally competitive professionals through the synergy of appropriate teaching, research, service, and productivity functions. Its main campus is located in Bacolor, Pampanga.

#5. Ateneo de Manila University – Founded and making a difference since 1859, ad majorem Dei gloriam. Ateneo has grown into a major Jesuit university, the undying spirit of the university came from the motto Lux-in-Domino, “Light in the Lord.” The Ateneo de Manila is more than an institution of higher learning. The Ateneo commitment is to become light in the world.

#4. Santa Isabel College – is an audacious Christ-Centered educational institution committed to empowering communities of learners. Founded in 1632, it is not only a learning institution but also has advocacy for persons who are poor. Love of and preference for the poor as to orient the entire community in favor of persons in poverty situations; readily working for truth, justice and peace at all times; consistently living simple and transparent lives in relationships and chosen careers; observing social responsibility and accountability in the classroom, in the community and in the workplace; exuding a passion that engenders caring, compassionate life witnesses in human communities, among fellow citizens and within the church.

#3. Colegio de San Juan de Letran – a Catholic School committed to Dominican Preaching through Education towards the integral formation of the Human Person in the noble tradition of knightly excellence with a special devotion to Mary according to the ideal of DEUS, PATRIA, LETRAN. Founded in 1620, it offers programs in Academics, Research, Community Service that are responsive and responsible to the nation.

#2. University of Santo Tomas – The Pontifical and Royal UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS, Founded in 1622, The University’s mission, in pursuit of truth, guided by reason and illumined by faith, dedicates herself to the generation, advancement, and transmission of knowledge to form competent and compassionate professionals, committed to the service of the Church, the nation, and the global community. Engrave in their system is the Quality Policy of the school and they see to it that all students that came from the university are qualified not only academically but also morally and spiritually.

#1. University of San Carlos – The University of San Carlos is one of the country’s top institutions of learning and research, contributing to the betterment of society. Founded in 1595, The University’s mission is to provide timely, relevant, and transformative academic programs responsive to the needs of the local, national and global communities in a rapidly changing world. This University is also founded by competent, noble in character, and community-oriented: What they know, they apply justly and honestly.

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