Top 10 Universities in the Philippines (2009)

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10. Saint Louis University (Baguio City)

This university is regarded as one of the Philippines' respected and leading educational institutions that has grown with the demands of the current and future environments for its students and faculty alike.                  

9. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (Manila)  

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, or the University of the City of Manila (PLM), is a municipal government-funded, tuition-free, university within the district of Intramuros in Manila, the Philippines. It was established on June 19, 1965 and opened on July 17, 1967 to 556 scholars, all coming from the top ten percent of graduates of Manila's public high schools.

According to the Philippines' Commission on Higher Education (CHED), it ranks ninth among all universities nationwide based on average passing rates in board or licensure examinations.

8. Mindanao State University (Iligan Institute of Tech)

The Mindan ao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) is an external unit and one of the ten campuses of the Mindanao State University System. Established on July 12, 1968 as provided for by Republic Act (RA) 5363, the institute has continually provided quality education to thousands of students from almost everywhere in the Philippines.                   

7. University of Sto. Tomas (Manila)

The University of Santo Tomas is the oldest existing university in Asia and in terms of student population, the largest Catholic university in the world located in one campus.
It was founded on April 28, 1611 by the third Archbishop of Manila, Msgr. Miguel de Benavides, O.P., together with Frs. Domingo de Nieva and Bernardo de Santa Catalina. It was originally conceived as a school to prepare young men for the priesthood.

6. Ateneo de Manila University (Manila)

To understand the soul of the Ateneo de Manila University -- what shaped it and where it came from, where it is going and where it can take you -- it is essential to understand its motto, Lux in Domino, or "Light in the Lord."

From the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians (5:8), these words capture the spirit of a way of life which the Ateneo holds up to her sons and daughters as their best contribution to the work by which God transforms the world. To be "light in the Lord" in all fullness demands moving insistently and deliberately towards God as the center of a person's life, identifying the issues that such a centering poses, and then moving out to the world to find ever new ways of constructing the edifice, cultivating the garden, painting the masterpiece, that God is unfolding in one's life.

5. Ateneo de Davao University (Davao)

The Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) is a private Catholic university administered by the Society of Jesus in Southern Mindanao in the Philippines. It was established in 1948. It is divided into five units including the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Governance and College of Nursing. It also runs grade school and high school units. It has two campuses, the Jacinto Campus (which houses the schools and colleges of the university, including the Graduate Programs and the College of Law) and the Matina Campus (elementary and high school) - all located in the center of Silicon Gulf, Davao City, the de facto business, trade, commerce and education capital of Mindanao.

4. Silliman University (Dumaguete City)

Silliman University (also referred to as Silliman or SU) is a private Christian institution of higher education located in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. Established in 1901 by American missionaries, it was the first Protestant school to be founded in the country and the oldest American-established university in Asia. The University is named after Dr. Horace Brinsmade Silliman, a retired businessman and philanthropist from Cohoes, New York who gave the initial sum of $10,000 to start the school. For the first half of the 20th century, Silliman was run and operated by Americans. After the Second World War, however, Filipinos began to assume more important positions culminating in the appointment of Silliman's first Filipino president in 1952.

Today, the University comprises ten colleges, four schools, and two institutes, enrolling approximately over 8,600 students from different parts of the Philippines and over 20 foreign countries. It is registered as a National Landmark by the National Historical Institute, and is one of few private higher education institutions in the Philippines that have been granted autonomy by the Commission on Higher Education. In a report released by the Professional Regulations Commission and the Commission on Higher Education which covered a ten-year period, Silliman was ranked 4th in the country following three schools of the University of the Philippines.

Fifteen of its academic programs are on Level III accreditation status. Academic programs of the University undergo regular accreditation under any of two accrediting agencies, namely: (1) the Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities Accrediting Agency (ACSCU-AAI) or (2) the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) which is a member Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP). These accrediting agencies are all recognized by the Philippine educational system. The programs of Theology on the other hand are accredited with the Association for Theological Education in Southeast Asia (ATESEA), an international organization.

3. University of the Philippines (Manila Campus)

The University of the Philippines Manila (U.P. Manila), founded in 1908, is birthplace of UP. It is the oldest of the seven constituent universities of the University of the Philippines (UP). It is located in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Its oldest degree-granting unit is the College of Medicine, which was founded in 1905 as the Philippine Medical School, predating the founding of UP by three years.

It is the center of health sciences education in the country, with the establishment of the National Health Sciences Center. It is also a reputable research center in the health sciences in the Asia-Pacific rim. It exercises administrative supervision over the Philippine General Hospital, the largest medical center and the national referral center for health in the Philippines, National Institutes of Health, Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, and Continuing Education. UP Manila is a reputable school of tertiary learning in the health sciences, and more high school students interested in this field apply to it than any other college or university in the country.

As of 2001, the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines has identified 3 centers of excellence/development (COEs/CODs) in UP Manila. The COEs/CODs in the University are Biology, Medicine, and Nursing.

UP Manila is also noted for its highly political and activist student body promoting stands on national issues, as well as adopting a stance of academic freedom and excellence.

2. University of the Philippines (Los Banos Campus)


The university offers over a hundred degree programs ranging from communication arts to genetics through its nine colleges and two schools. The Philippines' Commission on Higher Education has accredited nine programs as Centers of Excellence and two as Centers of Development. Six research institutes were also recognized as Centers of Excellence by the President of the Philippines.

While alumni from UPLB have been recognized in a wide range of fields, most of them tend to specialize in the natural sciences. Notable alumni include 15 of 31 national scientists, four Nobel Prize co-winners,all five Filipino fellows of the Third World Academy of Sciences,at least 30 academicians of the National Academy of Science and Technology and several Palanca Award winners.

1. University of the Philippines (Diliman Campus)

UP Diliman is the flagship university of the UP System. It is the administrative seat of the system as well as an autonomous university in its own right. UP Diliman is not only the home of diverse colleges, offering 94 graduate and undergraduate courses, it also runs several centers of research, many of which have been declared by the Commission on Higher Education as National Centers of Excellence.

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