University of Manila

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The University of Manila
Seal of the University of Manila.jpeg
University Seal
Former names
Instituto de Manila (1913-1921)
Motto Patria Scientia et Virtus
Established October 5, 1913
Type Private
President Emily Dodson de Leon, Ed. D.
Academic staff
800 including non-teaching staffs
Students over 9,000
Location Manila, Philippines
Campus Sampaloc, Manila
Alma Mater Song "UM Forever"
Colors Green      and      Gold
Athletics NAASCU
Sports Basketball
Nickname Hawks
Mascot Hawk
Affiliations ASAIHL PACU

The University of Manila (UM) (Filipino: Pamantasan ng Maynila) is a private university in the heart of Sampaloc District in Manila, Philippines. It was founded on October 5, 1913, by Apolinario G. de los Santos, Mariano V. de los Santos, Maria de los Santos, Buenaventura J. Bello and Antonio Rivero. The first three were siblings. They named their school Instituto de Manila, after the city of Manila and Apolinario G. de los Santos was elected as the first director of the school.


The University of Manila offers programs in the elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Its academic offerings includes the following:

Graduate Programs:

  • Doctor Of Education
  • Doctor Of Public Administration

major in: Administration & Supervision Guidance & Counseling

Undergraduate Programs:

major in: Financial Management, Financial Accounting, Operation Management, Human Resource Development Management, Marketing Management, Business Management, Business Economics

major in: Political Science, History, Economics, Public Administration, English

  • Bachelor Of Secondary Education (BSEd)

major in: English, Filipino, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Computer Education,Guidance & Counseling

  • Bachelor Of Elementary Education (BEEd)
  • Bachelor Of Arts major in Cultural Languages (AB Japanology)

Short Terms Courses:

  • Associate in Computer Technology (2 years)
  • Associate in Hotel & Restaurant Management (2 years)
  • Certificate in Bookkeeping (2 years)
  • Certificate in Political Science & Technology (2 years)
  • Certificate in Computer Secretarial (2 years)
  • Certificate in Tourism (1 year)
  • Certificate in Hotel & Restaurant Management (1 year)

Basic Education:

  • High School
  • Elementary

International Language School

M.V. Delos Santos Hall of the university.
  • The International Language School offers courses in the English language to foreign students like the Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans. It also offers courses in the Chinese language and (Nihongo) language. The International Language School building likewise provides accommodations for foreign students. The University boasts of having topnotchers in the board exam for Criminology and its Japanology lectures.


  • Noli-Fili Building
  • Main Building
  • Elementary & High School Building
  • Dr. Ma. Corazon Ramona de los Santos Building
  • Dr. Virgilio de los Santos Building (International Language School)

Emiramona Garden Hotel

  • The Emiramona Garden Hotel serves as a training center of the Hotel and Restaurant Management and Tourism Students of the University located at Tagaytay City.

UM HAWKS - University of Manila Basketball Team

The University of Manila UM Hawks won seven (7) Championship in the NAASCU League. The university was also a former member of University Athletic Association of the Philippines from 1952 to 1954.

Inter-University Relations

On April 7, 1957, UM entered into a sisterhood relationship with Dohto University of Sapporo and Monbetsu cities, Hokkaido, Japan. Since then, it has undertaken various projects including faculty exchange visits, technological and library assistance. UM students have also been given the opportunity to study at Tokai University in Tokyo, Japan through an arrangement with the Philippine-Japan Students' Friendship Exchange Association. Twenty years later, October 31, 1977, UM concluded a sisterhood relationship with Hansung University in Seoul, Korea. On January 1, 1997, in Taipei, our high-school department also linked a sisterhood relationship with Cheng Kung Commercial and Technical High School in Pate City, Taiwan, Republic Of China. A sisterhood relationship was again entered into by the University with Meio University of Nago City, Okinawa, Japan on Dec. 5, 1988.


The University of Manila is an active member of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU), Commission on Higher Education, Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL), Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), Philippine Association of Teacher Education (PAFTE), Philippine Society for Educational Research and Evaluation (PSERE), the University Belt Consortium, and the International Association of Universities.

Scholarships Offered

  • Dr. Emily Dodson de Leon Scholarship
  • Yamamoto Scholarship

External links

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