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Adamson University
Pamantasang Adamson (Filipino)
Former names
  • Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry (1932–1936)
  • Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry and Engineering (1936–1941)
MottoVeritas in Caritate (Latin)
Motto in English
Truth in Charity
TypePrivate research non-stock non-profit basic and higher education institution
EstablishedJune 20, 1932; 92 years ago (June 20, 1932)
FounderGeorge Adamson
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic
Academic affiliations
PresidentFr. Daniel Franklin Pilario, CM[1]
  • Fr. Rafael Eloriaga, CM
    (VP for Financial Affairs)
  • Fr. Andrew Bayal, CM
    (VP for Student Affairs)
  • Catherine Q. Castañeda
    (VP for Academic Affairs)
  • Venusmar C. Quevedo
    (VP for Administrative Affairs)
  • Lorna Espeso
    (Grade School and Jr. High School)
  • Dr. Daniel Saroca Jr.
    (Senior High School)
Academic staff
Students17, 768 (S.Y. 2021-2022) [2]
900 San Marcelino St., Ermita, Manila
Metro Manila

14°35′10″N 120°59′10″E / 14.58611°N 120.98611°E / 14.58611; 120.98611
10.7 hectares (107,000 m2)
Patron saintVincent de Paul
Alma Mater songAdamson Hymn
ColorsBlue White
Sporting affiliations
Filoil EcoOil Preseason Cup
MascotSoaring Falcon
Adamson University is located in Manila
Adamson University
Location in Manila
Adamson University is located in Metro Manila
Adamson University
Location in Metro Manila
Adamson University is located in Luzon
Adamson University
Location in Luzon
Adamson University is located in Philippines
Adamson University
Location in the Philippines

Adamson University (Filipino: Pamantasang Adamson; AdU or ADU) is a private Catholic university operated by the Congregation of the Mission located in Manila, Philippines. The university has academic programs in graduate school, law, the liberal arts, sciences, engineering, nursing, pharmacy, architecture, business administration, and education, as well as secondary, elementary, and preschool. It is one of the universities in the country to receive an autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Education.[3]

Adamson University has been regularly included in the rankings of top universities in the Philippines. It was included in the top 201+ universities in Asia in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings in multiple occasions, such as in 2022, where it placed 651+ mark. Recently, Adamson University soared to the Top 5 Universities in the Philippines according to the QS Asia University Rankings 2024, climbing to the 551-600 rank. [4][5][6][7] [8] [9] The university is a member of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines. In its 80th season, the university won first place in the cheerdancing competition.[10]


George Lucas Adamson, a Greek chemist, founded the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry on June 20, 1932 as a single-classroom school for industrial chemistry. His cousin, Alexander Athos Adamson, came to the country in 1932 to assist him in administering the then-newly founded school, where he served as its vice president, treasurer, and registrar. Alexander's brother, George Athos Adamson, arrived two years after to serve as a professor and dean of both the school and the College of Engineering. On February 19, 1936, the school was renamed as the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry and Engineering. In 1939, George Lucas' wife, Evdoxia Savaides Adamson, began working at the school, serving as a professor and eventually dean of both Colleges of Education and Liberal Arts and Sciences. She was soon followed by George Athos' wife, Sofia Adamson, who taught in the College of Education and briefly served as the Junior Normal College's Director. The school became university on February 5, 1941 upon the approval of the Department of Public Instruction.

The Adamsons worked at the university after the Second World War, except for George Athos and Sofia, who left the country after the war. George Lucas Adamson served as the university's president for 35 years. During his tenure, the university became a probationary member of the University Athletics Association of the Philippines in 1952; it was granted full membership in 1971. On December 4, 1964, the university was turned over to the Congregation of the Mission and was incorporated into the Adamson-Ozanam Education Institutions, Inc. Its patron saint is Saint Vincent de Paul.[11]

Spanish priest Leandro I. Montañana became the university's second president, holding the office until 1985. He was succeeded by Fr. Rolando S. Dela Goza, C.M., the first Filipino president of the university. He held the office until 1994, where he was succeeded by Fr. Jimmy Belita, C.M. who served as president until 2003. Fr. Gregorio L. Bañaga, Jr., C.M. became the university's fifth president, a position he held until 2015.

The university celebrated its diamond jubilee in 2007. The National Historical Commission of the Philippines designated the university as a historical site. A memorial was installed in front of the St. Vincent Building, the oldest building on campus, commemorating this heritage.

Adamson University was granted autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Education in 2010, giving greater powers to the administration of the university independent to the commission.

On November 16, 2012, the university inaugurated a museum dedicated to its founders, inside the St. Vincent Building. The inauguration was part of the celebration of its 80th anniversary. In 2013, the university received an ISO 9001:2008 Management Systems certification from TÜV Rheinland.

Daniel Franklin E. Pilario, C.M., Ph.D., S.Th.D., the seventh president of Adamson University

On 2015, Fr. Marcelo V. Manimtim, C.M. became the sixth president of the university, succeeding Bañaga.

During a heartwarming ceremony on December 13, 2023, Fr. Manimtim stepped down as the president of the University, and in turn, Fr. Daniel Franklin E. Pilario, C.M., Ph.D., S.Th.D., became the 7th President and 3rd alumnus President of Adamson University.


Manila main campus

Main campus
Francis Regis Clet Building
Saint Vincent Hall

Adamson University is located in San Marcelino Street, Ermita, Manila, in an area known colloquially as the "University Belt". The Technological University of the Philippines, Santa Isabel College Manila, Emilio Aguinaldo College, and Philippine Normal University are its nearest neighbors. Adamson University has eight buildings occupying 10.7 hectares of land.[12]

The school was located in three different campuses: Santa Cruz (1932–1933), San Miguel (1933–1939), and Intramuros (1939-1941) before finally settling on its present location in 1946. The university expanded its campus in San Marcelino by acquiring the Meralco building in 1968 and the St. Theresa's College-Manila site just across the street in 1977.

Saint Vincent Seminary campus

St. Vincent School of Theology is the Graduate School of Theology of Adamson University (AdU). It offers degrees such as “Doctor of Philosophy in Theology’ (Ph.D. in theology), “Master of Arts in Theology” (MA Theology), “Masters in Pastoral Ministry” (MPM) and “Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy” (AB Philosophy). The diploma non-degree courses are “Philosophy for Theological Studies” (PTS), Introductory Theological Formation (ITF) and “Christian Theology for the Laity” (Hapág-Layko Program). The Campus is Located inside the Sanctuario de San Vicente de Paul in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.[13]

Future Dapitan campus

The City Government of Dapitan and Adamson University have made and signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on September 13, 2023, to establish a new campus in the city, aimed at providing quality education to students in Mindanao posted by the Adamson Chronicle (Autonomous and Official Student Publication of the Adamson University.) in their page last September 28, 2023.[14]


Politics and governance


Arts, culture, religion, and entertainment

Science and research


Presidents of Adamson University
George Lucas Adamson, 1932–1967
Leandro I. Montañana, 1967–1985
Rolando S. Dela Goza, 1985–1994
Jimmy A. Belita, 1994–2003
Gregorio L. Bañaga Jr., 2003–2015
Marcelo V. Manimtim, 2015-2023
Daniel Franklin E. Pilario, 2023-present


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