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
Type Private
Established October 5, 1913
(105 years and 7 days)
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
Nickname Hawks
Affiliations ASAIHL PACU
Sports Basketball
Mascot Hawk

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.


International Language School[edit]

M.V. De los 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.

Emiramona Garden Hotel[edit]

  • The Emiramona Garden Hotel serves as a training center of the Hotel and Restaurant Management and Tourism students of the university, and is located at Tagaytay City.


The University of Manila UM Hawks won seven championships in the NAASCU League. UM was a member of University Athletic Association of the Philippines from 1952 to 1954.

Inter-university relations[edit]

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, and 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, UM's 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.

Notable Alumni[edit]


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.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 14°36′11″N 120°59′26″E / 14.6030°N 120.9906°E / 14.6030; 120.9906