University of Makati
  • Unibersidad ng Makati
  • Pamantasan ng Makati (Filipino)
Former names
  • Makati Polytechnic Community College (1972–1987)
  • Makati College (1987–1991)
  • Pamantasan ng Makati (1991–2002)
MottoAim High, UMak
Ownership and managementCity of Makati (de facto)[a]
TypePublic LGU funded higher education institution
Established1972; 52 years ago (1972)
Academic affiliations
ChairpersonMarlen Abigail S. Binay-Campos
PresidentElxyzur C. Ramos
  • Prof. Ederson Delos Trino Tápia
    (VP for Academic Affairs)
  • Maria Fay Nenette Maximo-Cariaga
    (VP for Planning & Research)
  • Atty. Jewel D. Bulos
    (VP for Administration)
  • Engr. Luke Ivan B. Moro
    (VP for Finance)
  • Prof. Virgilio B. Tabbu
    (VP for Student Services & Community Development)
StudentsMore than 15,000
J. P. Rizal Avenue Extension, West Rembo, Taguig (de jure) [a]

14°33′46″N 121°03′22″E / 14.5627°N 121.0560°E / 14.5627; 121.0560
HymnUMak Hymn
ColorsRoyal blue   and   Yellow
NicknameGreat Brave Herons
University of Makati is located in Metro Manila
University of Makati
Location in Metro Manila
University of Makati is located in Luzon
University of Makati
Location in Luzon
University of Makati is located in Philippines
University of Makati
Location in the Philippines

The University of Makati (Filipino: Unibersidad ng Makati or Pamantasan ng Makati), commonly referred to as UMak (or pronounced as [/yūmāk/]), is a public, non-sectarian higher education institution in Taguig, Philippines, owned and operated by the City of Makati.[1] It was founded in 1972 by the Makati government as the Makati Polytechnic Community College by virtue of Municipal Resolution No. 242 Ordinance No. 64.

Its Senior High School is recognized by the national government's Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education (Philippines)'s standards.


The University of Makati was founded in 1972 as the Makati Polytechnic Community College, also known as MPCC, through Municipal Resolution No. 242 Ordinance No. 64.

MPCC offered technical and vocational programs in industrial and business technology. In 1987, MPCC was renamed Makati College.

The Philippine Army turned over the Fort Andres Bonifacio College to the then Municipal Government of Makati and merged with Makati College in 1990.

In 1991, Makati College was renamed Pamantasan ng Makati by virtue of Municipal Order No. 433.

To be more globally recognized, Pamantasan ng Makati changed its name to University of Makati or UMak in 2002 through City Ordinance 2002–111, paving the way for education innovation in the City of Makati.[2]

By virtue of Municipal Ordinance No. 433, the Pamantasan ng Makati became a chartered university on December 19, 1991, under the administration of Jejomar Binay. On August 27, 2002, City Ordinance 2002-111 was approved, amending City Ordinance No. 99-126, revising the Pamantasan ng Makati Charter to change the official name of Pamantasan ng Makati to University of Makati.[2]

UMak was one of the first universities in the Philippines to pilot the Senior High School Modelling Program of the Department of Education, in 2012.[3]

In April 2022, the School of Law's 9 pioneering batch from its graduating class achieve 100% Philippine Bar Examination passing rate.[4]

In 2023, University of Makati receives recognition as Higher Education Institution from Commission on Higher Education (Philippines).[5][6]

Fort Bonifacio dispute, ownership and planned expansion

In 2022, the Supreme Court of the Philippines ruled that Makati should stop exercising jurisdiction over West Rembo, where the University of Makati is located, effectively placing the university in Taguig.[7]

Despite the resolution of the Fort Bonifacio dispute between Makati and Taguig in 2023 which ended in the latter's favor, UMak's operations are still under the Makati City Government, as affirmed by the University President of UMak itself.[1] However, the City of Taguig claims ownership of the property on the grounds of "unlawful possession" by the City of Makati.

The 14 public elementary and high schools in the Embo barangays were handed over from Schools Division Office of Makati to the Schools Division Office (SDO) of Taguig City and Pateros starting January 1, 2024.[8][9][10] Makati Mayor Abby Binay appealed to DepEd so that the city can keep the Makati Science High School, as well as the Fort Bonifacio Elementary and High Schools, the latter two of which are planned to be integrated with UMak as its laboratory schools. Such plan is currently under review by legal team of the Department of Education.[11]

A bird's eye view of the UMak campus, showing the stadium, Administrative Building, Academic Buildings 1 to 3, the Health and Physical Science Building, and the Fort Bonifacio High School. Nearby Makati Science High School can also be seen on the background. Source

Buildings and facilities


Map of Taguig City and Makati City in the Philippines with disputed territory
University of Makati's Administrative Building houses administrative offices, faculty area, theaters and multimedia center. Source
View of the campus from the Santa Monica–Lawton Bridge
University of Makati's Health and Physical Science Building view from Kalayaan Avenue
A typical classroom called "Lecture Room" on 10th Floor, HPSB Building during limited face-to-face classes

The university is located at J.P. Rizal Extension, West Rembo, in front of Makati Park and Garden and the Pasig River. It also adjacent to Makati Aqua Sports Arena which uses by the university for students taking swimming-related subjects.

Prof. Diosdado J. Macapagal, a professor from College of Technology Management proposed the scale model of Pamantasan ng Makati based on original blueprint plan of Makati Engineering Office. The scale model was commissioned by then Makati College President Dr. Anita Bustillo to be given as a birthday gift to then - Mayor Jejomar C. Binay on November 11, 1992.[12]

UMak facilities include academic buildings 1, 2, and 3, administrative building, Health and Physical Science Building (HPSB), and Stadium.

Campus-wide Renovations

As of April 2024, the Academic Building 2 and 3 are still under renovation, which inaccessible to the public as part of Campus-wide renovation and refurbishments.

Academic Building 1 (B1)

Academic Building 2 (B2)

Academic Building 3 (B3)

Health and Physical Science Building (HPSB)

The 12-story building caters different allied health laboratories, and physical education facilities. It was built in 2007 and completed in 2012.

Administration Building (Admin/Green Building)

Inaugurated 2003, the 8-story UMak Administration Building houses faculty rooms, deans' offices, presidents' office and other administrative and operations offices. It also houses different facilities, that includes:

Academic and institution

Senior High School



University rankings

Notable alumni






  1. ^ a b School managed by the City of Makati,[1] geographically located in Taguig since 2023 which also claims ownership.

See also


  1. ^ a b c "University of Makati president: School still owned by Makati". Daily Tribune. Archived from the original on August 28, 2023. Retrieved August 17, 2023.
  2. ^ a b "History of the University of Makati" (PDF). University of Makati. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  3. ^ "UMak adopts senior high school scheme for good". August 15, 2012.
  4. ^ "9 UMak School of Law pioneer grads pass Bar exams – Mayor Abby". Manila Standard. April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022.
  5. ^ "University of Makati receives recognition as Higher Education Institution". Metro Central News. Retrieved May 9, 2023.
  6. ^ "List of Higher Education Institutions by Commission on Higher Education". Commission on Higher Education ( Retrieved May 9, 2023.
  7. ^ "SC affirms RTC ruling for Taguig City in territorial dispute with Makati City". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved May 1, 2022.
  8. ^ "DepEd takes supervision of EMBO schools in Makati-Taguig row". GMA News. August 17, 2023. Retrieved August 17, 2023.
  9. ^ "DepEd: Taguig, Makati conclude 'orderly' transition of EMBO schools". CNN Philippines. January 15, 2024. Archived from the original on January 30, 2024. Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  10. ^ "DepEd task force eyes completing transition plan for schools in Makati-Taguig row in November". CNN Philippines. November 10, 2023. Archived from the original on November 12, 2023. Retrieved November 12, 2023.
  11. ^ Sarao, Zacarian (February 15, 2024). "Abby Binay asks Sara Duterte to resolve issues in 3 public schools". Retrieved February 15, 2024.
  12. ^ University of Makati (October 10, 2022). Skyward: The Rise of the Herons. Makati City, Philippines: University of Makati. p. 25.
  13. ^ "Colleges - University of Makati". University of Makati. August 14, 2023.
  14. ^ "UMak gets a spot on World University Rankings for Innovation". Philippine News Agency. May 19, 2023.
  15. ^ "UMak earns spot in Global Top 200 Innovative Universities list for 2023". Manila Bulletin. May 19, 2023.
  16. ^ Cabalza, Dexter (December 19, 2019). "UMak on Pacquiao's degree: He met all requirements". Retrieved December 19, 2019.