University of Asia and the Pacific
Pamantasan ng Asya at Pasipiko (Filipino)
Latin: Universitas Asiae et Pacificarum
Former names
Center for Research and Communication (1967–1995)
MottoUnitas (Latin)
Motto in English
TypePrivate Nonsectarian Research Non-profit Coeducational Higher education institution
EstablishedAugust 15, 1967
(56 years and 318 days)
FounderJesus P. Estanislao
Bernardo M. Villegas
Religious affiliation
(Opus Dei)
Academic affiliations
ChairmanAmb. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.
ChancellorFernando Ocáriz Braña
PresidentWinston Conrad B. Padojinog
Vice-presidentBernardo M. Villegas
Administrative staff
Approx. 330
UndergraduatesApprox. 2,400
PostgraduatesApprox. 200
Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig
, ,

14°34′49″N 121°03′38″E / 14.58035°N 121.06069°E / 14.58035; 121.06069
NewspaperThe Bosun
ColorsRed   and   Gold
Sporting affiliations
University of Asia and the Pacific is located in Metro Manila
University of Asia and the Pacific
Location in Metro Manila
University of Asia and the Pacific is located in Luzon
University of Asia and the Pacific
Location in Luzon
University of Asia and the Pacific is located in Philippines
University of Asia and the Pacific
Location in the Philippines

The University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P; Filipino: Pamantasan ng Asya at Pasipiko) is a private university in the Philippines. It traces its beginnings to the Center for Research and Communication (CRC), which was established on August 15, 1967, as a private think-tank that conducted economic and social research and offered graduate courses in economics.[1]

The spiritual and doctrinal formation given in the university is entrusted to Opus Dei, a Personal prelature of the Catholic Church.


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On August 15, 1967,[2] a non-profit private research center was formally established by economists Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas and Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao, who would later be appointed Finance Secretary during the presidency of Corazon Aquino. It served as a think-tank for private sector businesses and a provider of economics training programs.[3][4]

After this formal establishment, CRC set up its offices in a rented facility along Jorge Bocobo Street in Malate, Manila.[2] Prior to this, the CRC's first office was at the offices of the United Coconut Authority of the Philippines, a private organization of coconut producers, then headed by Ambassador Jose V. Romero Jr., who served as its executive director.[5][6]

The expansion of CRC into a university was inspired by a private meeting in Mexico between the founder of Opus Dei, Msgr. Josemaría Escrivá (now Saint), and the founders of CRC in 1970. The meeting encouraged Estanislao and Villegas to expand the institution's horizons internationally, which resulted to its first graduate program, the Masters in Industrial Economics.[3]

CRC then moved to its current campus in Ortigas Center, Pasig, with established formal and informal programs in 1982. A year later, the Center for Food and Agribusiness was established. Then in 1987, CRC was reminded by Bishop Álvaro del Portillo to establish a university. This resulted to the Institute of Development Education, the foundation for the School of Education.

In 1995, the CRC's bid to become a university was approved by the Philippines' Commission on Higher Education, and the new university was named the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P). The CRC did not cease to exist, however; it continued to take on consultancy projects under its old name, as the Center for Research and Communication Foundation, Inc.[7]

On March 19, 1989, the UA&P College of Arts and Sciences was established and admitted its first batch of 158 college students. The center finally gained its university status on June 26, 1995, with Dr. Estanislao as its first University President and Fr. Ramon Lopez, the regional Vicar of Opus Dei for Asia, as its Vice Grand Chancellor.


























Administration and organization

Presidents of the
University of Asia and the Pacific
Jesus Estanislao, 1995–1997
Mario Camacho, 1997–2000
Jose Maria Mariano, 2000–2015
Winston Conrad Padojinog, 2015–present

The university is made up of a college offering liberal arts courses as core curriculum and six schools of varied specializations.[citation needed]

A Board of Trustees, chaired by Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., takes care of the UA&P Foundation, Inc. Under it is the Management Committee, presided by University President Dr. Winston Conrad Padojinog, which is the university's governing body. It was formed to steer the university in the path set out for it. It makes sure that all plans, activities, and projects undertaken advance the mission, goals, and values of the university.[9]


Ortigas Campus

The Ortigas Campus has five buildings: Administration & Library Building (ALB), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Development Communications Building (DCB), APEC Communications Building (ACB), and Parking and Sports Building (PSB).

Academic programs

The University offers 19 undergraduate degrees and 13 stand-alone graduate degrees. It also offers two fast-track master’s programs: 5-Year Program (5YP), which is offered to incoming college freshmen that allows them to earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just five years; and a 6-Year Integrated University Program (6YP), which is offered to incoming junior college (JC) students (senior high school) that allows them to earn their JC diploma, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree in just six years. Another program, Lex Honors, offers graduates of Grade 12 an undergraduate degree and a Juris Doctor degree in seven years. [citation needed]

UA&P's academic programs operate on a semester calendar beginning in early August and ending in mid-May. Since 1998, students are graded in increments of 0.25, from 3.50(failing grade) to 1.00. Undergraduate students and students under the fast-track Master's program may graduate with Latin honors depending on their graduating GWA. For students of standalone graduate programs, they may graduate with High Distinction or with Distinction.[10]

University of Asia and the Pacific Academic Awards
Undergraduate Latin Honors Graduate Academic Awards
Summa Cum Laude 1.10 - 1.00 with High Distinction 1.20 - 1.00
Magna Cum Laude 1.30 - 1.11 with Distinction 1.50 - 1.21
Cum Laude 1.31 - 1.50

Student life

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Student Mentoring Program

An intrinsic part of the liberal education that UA&P offers—and part of the commitment of the University to the holistic development of its students—is the Student Mentoring Program, through which the University’s interdisciplinary offering of knowledge, skills, and values is reinforced on a one-to-one personal level.

The Student Mentoring Program provides students with the opportunity to avail of personal advising and assistance in different areas and at various stages of their student life. It will help them to reflect upon, assess, evaluate, and integrate their learning skills and experiences—under the guidance of their mentor—in a way that benefits the acquisition and strengthening of their intellectual skills and moral criteria. This is aimed toward the holistic formation of the students’ personal, professional, and social life.

Student Development Programs

There are three sub-programs that handle a more specific range of activities to ensure learning and development even on activities that involve personal interest. These are Organizations and Leadership (which focuses on the development of the student organizations and student leaders through assemblies, leadership workshops, and facilitating students’ participation in external opportunities), Kultura (which seeks to preserve and promote culture and the arts and its significant role in liberal education), and Civics (which focuses on socio-civic initiatives, and guides student organizations in the execution of their outreach projects).

Sports Development Programs

At UA&P, participation in sports is seen not only as a mechanism for the development of students’ physical competence and fitness, but more importantly for their character formation. With each training session or competition, with each victory or loss—students imbibe the values of teamwork, self-mastery, discipline, and the practice of sportsmanship at all times.

The University competes in the Men's National Collegiate Athletics Association (MNCAA) and the Women's National Collegiate Athletics Association (WNCAA) and supports teams in basketball, futsal, volleyball, handball, tennis, badminton, swimming, arnis, taekwondo, aikido, karate, table tennis, and athletics.

In December 2008, the men's futsal team won the championship cup in the MNCAA. [citation needed]

In October 2009, the women's basketball and volleyball[11] teams won the championship titles in the WNCAA.[12]

In February 2012, the UA&P Firestarters, the university's all-female cheerdance varsity, grabbed the WNCAA cheerdance competition gold.

Student Organizations

Student interest groups are available for writers, theater artists, dancers and dance enthusiasts, and musicians and music producers. There are associations for students interested in environmental conservation, multi-cultural understanding, outreaches and advocacies, entrepreneurship, case competitions, or student representations. A host of other student groups and volunteer opportunities are also available. The UA&P Chorale represents the University in external competitions. In addition, each school, college, institute, or academic program also has its own academic association.

The Office of Student Affairs' Civics Desk holds the annual youth conference Civitas Asia and the BIGGKAS project which extends tutorial sessions to local public schools. The desk also supports student organizations with socio-civic aims and activities.

Virtus is the UA&P Competition League, an association of the University's academic competing teams. It consists of FORUM: The UA&P Debate Society, Aureum: The UA&P Case Competition Pool, Odyssey: The UA&P Junior College Competition Pool, Citadel: The UA&P Investment Society, Minerva: The UA&P Public Policy Delegation, Trivium: The UA&P English Olympiad, Icarus: The UA&P STEAM Team, and the UA&P Model United Nations.

Virtus has led numerous student achievements including making UA&P the first Philippine university to win the Asian Business Case Competition @ Nanyang,[13] Citibank APAC Treasury and Trade Solutions Case Competition,[14] and 2022 Asian English Olympics,[15] among other local and international events.

Student Government

All students are highly encouraged to participate in student government by voting in student government elections, and by supporting the various projects of the elected officers of the University Student Government (USG), the highest governing body of the student population. Students may also take a more active role by volunteering for the different committees under each USG officer, by joining a political party, by running for office (whether under a political party or as an independent candidate), or by volunteering for the UA&P Commission on Elections.

Center for Research and Communication

Since the CHED's approval of the creation of University of Asia and the Pacific in 1995, a separate unit taking on the name of the Center for Research and Communication has taken on consultancy work in close association with the new university[16] and focusing on the areas of business, economics, international relations, and education,[17]: 80  as well as more recently food and agribusiness, energy, data science, analytics, and transportation and logistics.[18][19]

Aside from its regular business consultancy work, CRC's linkages with UA&P over the years have allowed it to partner with corporations and foundations to fund Professorial Chairs in the areas of Policy Research, Social Economics, Migration and Overseas Filipino Work, Family and Youth Education to establish institutional research work.[20]

CRC made research on social economics a major part of its agenda beginning in 2013,[21] with the agenda defined as "how economics and business can–without losing their predominant concerns on getting the maximum material benefits from relatively scarce resources."[22][23] Much of CRC's work in this area has focused on cooperatives, with one major initiative being the gathering of stakeholder inputs for the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Philippines' Cooperative Development Authority Charter of 2019 (Republic Act 11364).[23]

In 2014, CRC also established a research chair specifically focused on Migration and Overseas Filipino Work, initially in partnership with the BPI Foundation.[24] Its notable research in the area concerns the support system needs of OFWs, on their reintegratrion experiences upon returning to the Philippines, and an influential 2022 study on OFWs physical and mental health needs[25] which was later awarded the inaugural APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Research Prize by the APEC Forum on Women and the Economy in 2019.[26]

Notable alumni

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