Ateneo de Manila University
The Ateneo de Manila University (Filipino: Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila; also referred to as "Ateneo de Manila" or simply "the Ateneo") is a Catholic private teaching and research university run by the Society of Jesus in the Philippines. It is the oldest Jesuit school in the Philippines and the third-oldest university in the Philippines, tracing its roots to 1859 when the City of Manila handed control of the Escuela Municipal de Manila in Intramuros, Manila, to the Jesuits. It remained a state-subsidized institution through the Spanish colonial period, offering primary, secondary and bachillerato education. It was privatized during the American occupation of the Philippines in the first half of the 2th century. The Ateneo de Manila awarded its first postgraduate degrees in 1949, and received its university charter in 1959.
The Ateneo offers programs in the elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Its academic offerings include the Arts, Humanities, Business, Law, the Social Sciences, Philosophy, Theology, Medicine and Public Health, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, and Government. As is common in the Philippines, the primary medium of instruction is English, with a few classes taught in Filipino. Aside from teaching and research, the Ateneo de Manila also engages in social outreach. Known for its liberal arts tradition, the humanities are a key feature of Ateneo education at all levels of study.
The University was granted Level IV accreditation ? the highest possible level ? from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) through the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) and the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). It was reaccredited at the same level, and was likewise granted Institutional Accreditation by the same body in 211, the first time that both citations were awarded to a university simultaneously. Its Loyola Schools programs were also awarded Level IV re-accreditation, the first time that a Philippine university was granted both Level IV program and institutional accreditation.
It is also one of few universities granted autonomous status by CHED, which likewise recognizes a number of the University's programs and departments as Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development.
Its grade school and high school have been granted Level III accreditation by PAASCU and FAAP, the highest possible level for basic education.
Currently, the main campus of the Ateneo is an 83-hectare (21-acre) property in Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Metro Manila. This campus is home to the university's college and graduate school units, as well as its high school and grade school. Two other campuses, in Rockwell Center and Salcedo Village, both in Makati, house the university's professional schools of business, law, and government. A fourth facility in the Don Eugenio Lopez, Sr. Medical Complex in Ortigas Center, Pasig houses its school of medicine and public health.
The Ateneo Language Learning Center
The Ateneo Language Learning Center of the Ateneo de Manila University, as a pioneering center for the advancement of language and communication, produces competent, critically aware, and self-reflexive English and Philippine language users for leadership and excellence in the professions and for management of cultural diversity. It engages in language learning programs and projects that create social impact, generate research, and attain viability.
In the past 18 years as a Language Center, it has partnered, designed, and delivered needs-specific programs to clientele both in the country and in the region. Being an on-campus institution with classrooms and training facilities for the delivery of its various programs, ALLC offers campus-based experience to its learners; provides a pool of highly qualified, competent and committed core and resource faculty with a wide range of expertise in language and communication; delivers expertly-designed curricula in its programs; runs on a full-time staff with an Executive Director whose long experience in intensive English language programs includes that of the WHO/WPRO Learning Centre which started in the late ’8s, and receives strong, necessary support of its programs from the university community.
ALLC has, since its establishment, delivered and continues to deliver intensive English Language Programs to multicultural language learners in the region, English Training for Academic Settings for groups of diverse cultures, professions, and education, and English in the Corporate World for business organizations and institutions.