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  The Ateneo de Manila University traces 
its roots to 1859 when at the request of the 
City of Manila and endorsed by Governor 
Norzagaray the Jesuits took over the "Escuela 
Municipal" in Intramuros (the Walled City of 
Manila).A primary school originally intended 
for the sons of Spaniards, it was opened by 
the Jesuits to native filipinos asz well.

  In 1865 the Jesuits received government 
approval to add a five-year program to 
the degree of Bachelor of Arts. In 
keeping with its new academic status the 
school was renamed "Ateneo Municipal de 
Manila." Courses in music and arts were 
also taught, and subsequently technical 
courses we added, leading to certificates 
in Agriculture, Surveying and business. 
One of the graduates in these early decades 
was Jose Rizal, A.B. 1877.

  At the turn of the century the new American 
regime brought about changes in the Ateneo. 
In 1901, with the withdrawal of the city 
subsidy, the Ateneo became a private insti-
tution and dropped the word "Municipal" from 
its official title. In 1921 the American 
Jesuits of the Maryland-New York Province 
replaced the SpanishJesuits as teachers and 
administrators of the Ateneo.

  The Intramuros fire of 1932 completely 
destroyed the Ateneo buildings, forcing the 
school to move to a new location in Padre 
Faura, Ermita. During the battle for the 
Liberation of Manila, the Padre Faura complex 
of buildings was razed to the ground. 
Temporary structures were quickly built. With 
the help of funds solicited both here and 
abroad, the Ateneo moved in 1952 to its 
present sprawling campus in Loyola Heights, 
Quezon City. In 1958, the Jesuits in the 
Philippines were constituted as a new pro-
vince independent of the Jesuit New York 
Province. Thus, administration of Ateneo 
passed on the the Philippine Province of 
the Society of Jesus and shortly after, 
its first Filipino president and rector 
was named. The growth of the Ateneo demanded 
a new status and in 1959 the school obtained 
its University charter. The Ateneo de Manila 
University today comprises the following 
academic units: the School of Arts and 
Sciences, the Graduate School of Business, 
the College of Law and the Bureau of Small 
Business. In addition, like most Philippine 
universities, it runs a high school and grade 
school, noted for their high educational 
standards. Competent research is being under-
taken in the Institute of Philippine Culture, 
Central Guidance Bureau, the Philippine Insti-
tute of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Center for
Social Policy and Public Affairs, and Human 
Resources Center. Also located on the Loyola 
Heightscampus are the Manila Observatory, the 
Loyola School of Theology, San Jose Major 
Seminary, Sonolux Asia, and the East Asian 
Pastoral Institute.

  As a University, the Ateneo de Manila 
seeks to preserve, to extend and to commu-
nicate truth, and to apply it to the deve-
lopment of man and preservation of his 

  As a Filipino University, the Ateneo 
de Manila seeks to identify and enrich 
Philippine culture and to make it its own. 
Through the education of the whole person 
and through the formation of needed profes-
sionals and technologists and through various 
corporate activities, the University aims to 
contribute to the development goals of the 

  As a Catholic University, the Ateneo de 
Manila seeks to form persons who, following 
the teachings of Christ, will devote their 
lives to the service of their fellowmen, and 
through the promotion of justice, serves 
especially those who are in most need of 
help, the poor and the powerless. Loyal 
to the teachings of the Catholic Church, 
the University seeks to interpret its 
teachings to modern Filipino society.

  As a Jesuit Univeristy, the Ateneo de 
Manila seeks the goals of modern Jesuit libe-
ral education through the harmonious develop-
ment of moral and intellectual virutes. 
Imbued with the Ignatian spirit, the 
University aims to lead its students to see 
God in all things had to strive for the 
greater glory of God and the greater 
service of mankind. 

  The University seeks all these 
purposes and aims, as an academic community, 
through the exercise ofthe functions proper 
to a university, that is, through teaching, 
research, and community service.