University of Manila

The University of Manila (UM) (Filipino: Ang Pamantasan ng Maynila), is a private, non-sectarian coeducational basic and higher education institution in the heart of Sampaloc District in Manila, Philippines. It was founded on October 5, 1913 as the Instituto de Manila,[2] 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
Ang Pamantasan ng Maynila
Former names
Instituto de Manila
MottoLatin: Patria Scientia et Virtus
Motto in English
Country Science and Virtue
TypePrivate Non-sectarian Research Coeducational Basic and Higher education institution
EstablishedOctober 5, 1913 (October 5, 1913)
  • Apolinario G. de los Santos[1]
  • Mariano V. de los Santos
  • Maria de los Santos
  • Buenaventura J. Bello
  • Antonio Rivero
Academic affiliations
PresidentEmily Dodson de Leon, Ed. D.
Academic staff
Studentsover 9,000
546 MV delos Santos St., Sampaloc, Manila
Metro Manila
Sampaloc, Manila
Alma Mater Song"UM Forever"
Colors Green  and  Gold 
Sporting affiliations

The University was first situated in Binondo and offered primary and secondary education. It then moved to Sampaloc, Manila.[2]


International Language School

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 Japanese (Nihongo) language. The International Language School building likewise provides accommodations for foreign students.

Emiramona Garden Hotel

  • 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 was one of the original members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which was founded in 1924.[3] The university was also a former member of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines from 1952[4] to 1954. Its varsity, the UM Hawks, joined the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) from 2001 to 2012[5] where it won seven championships.

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, 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 (or P-JSFEA). A score later, October 31, 1977, UM suggested a sisterhood relationship with Hansung University in Seoul, South Korea. On January 1, 1997, in Taipei, UM's high-school department and building also linked a sisterhood relationship with Cheng Kung Commercial and Technical High School in Pate City, Taiwan, Republic Of China where UM students can work independently. A sisterhood relationship was again entered into by the university with Meio University of Nago City, Okinawa, Japan on Dec. 5, 1988 when UM announced a plan for its sisterhoods.

Notable alumni


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.


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  7. "Emmanuel Pelaez". Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  8. "10 Notable Alumni of the University of Manila [Sorted List]". 11 August 2021.
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