University of Asia and the Pacific

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University of Asia and the Pacific
Pamantasan ng Asya at Pasipiko
Seal of University of Asia and the Pacific.svg
Latin: Universitas Asiae et Pacificarum
Former names
Center for Research and Communication (CRC)(1967-1995)
MottoUnitas (Latin)
Motto in English
Unity of Life
TypePrivate Nonsectarian Research Non-profit Coeducational Higher education institution
EstablishedAugust 15, 1967
(53 years and 340 days)
FounderJesus Estanislao
Bernardo Villegas
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Opus Dei)
Academic affiliations
ChairmanPlacido L. Mapa, Jr.
ChancellorFernando Ocáriz Braña
PresidentWinston Conrad B. Padojinog
Vice-presidentBernardo Villegas
Administrative staff
Approx. 330
UndergraduatesApprox. 2,400
PostgraduatesApprox. 200
Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig
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University hymn"Star of the Orient"
ColorsRed   and   Gold
Sporting affiliations

The University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) is a private university in the Philippines. It traces its beginnings to the Center for Research and Communication (CRC), which was established on August 15, 1967 as a private think-tank that conducted economic and social research and offered graduate courses in economics.[1]

The spiritual and doctrinal formation given in the University is entrusted to Opus Dei, a Personal prelature of the Catholic Church.


On August 15, 1967,[2] a non-profit private research center was formally established by economists Dr. Bernardo Villegas and Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao, who would later be appointed Finance Secretary during the presidency of Corazon Aquino. It served as a "think tank" for private sector businesses and a provider of economics training programs.[3]

After this formal establishment, CRC set up its offices in a rented facility along Jorge Bocobo Street in Malate, Manila.[2] Prior to this, the CRC's first office was at offices of the United Coconut Authority of the Philippines, a private organization of coconut producers, then headed by Ambassador Jose V. Romero Jr. who served as its Executive Director.[4][5]

The transformation of CRC into a university was inspired by a private meeting in Mexico between the founder of Opus Dei, Msgr. Josemaría Escrivá, and the founders of CRC in 1970. The meeting encouraged Estanislao and Villegas to expand the institution's horizons internationally, which resulted to its first graduate program, the Masters in Industrial Economics.[3]

CRC then moved to its current campus in Ortigas Center, Pasig, with established formal and informal programs in 1982. A year later, the Center for Food and Agribusiness was established. Then in 1987, CRC was reminded by Bishop Álvaro del Portillo to establish a university. This resulted to the Institute of Development Education; the foundation for the School of Education.

On March 19, 1989, the College of Arts and Sciences was established and admitted its first batch of 158 college students. The center finally gained its university status on June 26, 1995, with Dr. Estanislao as its first University President and Fr. Ramon Lopez, the regional Vicar of Opus Dei for Asia, as its Vice Grand Chancellor.


1996 The School of Management was founded with Dr. Jose Rene C. Gayo as the Founding Dean.


  • Mario D. Camacho installed as second University President.


  • Visit by the University Grand Chancellor, Bishop Javier Echevarria, the Prelate of Opus Dei.


  • Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Jose Maria Mariano installed as Third University President.


  • The Marketing Communication Effectiveness Awards (now the Tambuli Awards[6]) launched.


  • Visit by UA&P Grand Chancellor, Bishop Javier Echevarria.


  • School of Sciences and Engineering was established; BS Applied Mathematics program was offered[7]
  • Tambuli Awards made an annual event, to further its advocacy of values in integrated marketing communications.[6]


  • School of Law and Governance was established which replaced the Institute of Political Economy.


  • UA&P, in pursuance to the K-12 program of DepEd, offers the 6-Year Integrated University Program, which consists of 2 years of General Education, 2.5 years of a Bachelor's degree program and 1.5 years of a Masters program.
  • BS Accountancy program is now being offered.


  • UA&P celebrated its 50th Golden year anniversary

Administration and Organization[edit]

Presidents of the
University of Asia and the Pacific
Dr. Jesus Estanislao, 1995–1997
Dr. Mario Camacho, 1997–2000
Dr. Jose Maria Mariano, 2000–2015
Dr. Winston Conrad Padojinog, 2015–present

The University is made up of a college offering liberal arts courses as core curriculum and six schools of varied specializations.[citation needed]

A Board of Trustees, chaired by Dr. Placido Mapa, takes care of the UA&P Foundation, Inc. Under it is the Management Committee, presided by University President Jose Maria Mariano, which is the University's governing body. It was formed to steer the University in the path set out for it. It makes sure that all plans, activities and projects undertaken advance the mission, goals and values of the University. [8]


Ortigas Campus[edit]

The Ortigas Campus has 5 buildings: Administration & Library Building (ALB), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Development Communications Building (DCB), APEC Communications Building (ACB), Parking and Sports Building (PSB) and 1 residential building.[citation needed]

Academic Programs[edit]

The university offers 15 undergraduate degrees and 11 graduate degrees. It also offers 2 fast-track Master's program: 5-Year Program (5YP), which is offered to incoming College (Freshman) students that allows them to earn a master's degree in just 5 years; and 6-Year Integrated Program (6YP), which is offered to incoming Junior College (Senior High School) students that allows them to earn a master's degree in just 6 years.[citation needed]

UA&P's academic programs operate on a semester calendar beginning in early August and ending in mid-May. Since 1998, students are graded in increments of 0.25, from 3.00 (failing grade) to 1.00.[9] Undergraduate students and students under the fast-track Master's program may graduate with latin honors depending on their graduating GWA. For students of stand alone graduate programs, they may graduate with High Distinction or with Distinction.[10]

University of Asia and the Pacific Academic Awards
Undergraduate Latin Honors Graduate Academic Awards
Summa Cum Laude 1.11 - 1.00 with High Distinction 1.20 - 1.00
Magna Cum Laude 1.30 - 1.11 with Distinction 1.50 - 1.21
Cum Laude 1.31 - 1.50

Student life[edit]

Student Government[edit]

The College of Arts and Sciences Student Executive Board is the executive office with the largest scope of functions and student body.

The two other student government branches in UA&P are dedicated in serving students in the Entrepreneurial Management and Information Technology programs.

As of 2012, the SEB has been called the USG (University Student Government).

Student Organizations[edit]

Kultura (Filipino term for "culture") is an arts center based in the University that organizes arts galleries and exhibitions, theater performances and concerts. It also moderates student-led arts organizations such as Dulaang ROC, Creative Writers' Guild, I-SA Dance Crew, ViARE and the UA&P Chorale to name a few.

The Office of Student Affairs' civics desk holds the annual youth conference Civitas Asia and the BIGGKAS project which extends tutorial sessions to local public schools. The desk also supports student organizations with socio-civic aims and activities.


The University competes in the Men's National Collegiate Athletics Association (MNCAA) and the Women's National Collegiate Athletics Association (WNCAA). The University supports teams in basketball, futsal, volleyball, handball, tennis, badminton, swimming, arnis, taekwondo, aikido, karate, table tennis and athletics.

In December 2008, the men's futsal team won the championship cup in the MNCAA.[citation needed]

In October 2009, the women's basketball and volleyball[11] teams won the championship titles in the WNCAA.[12]

In February 2012, the UA&P Firestarters, the university's all-female cheerdance varsity, grabbed the WNCAA cheerdance competition gold.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Chafuen, Alejandro (2013-05-22). "Will Think Tanks Become The Universities Of The 21st Century?". Forbes.
  2. ^ a b [1]
  3. ^ a b "University of Asia & the Pacific".
  4. ^ "The business editor par excellence". Manila Bulletin Business. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  5. ^ "The Formative Years of CRC". UA&P Universitas. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  6. ^ a b Tambuli Awards,
  7. ^ Universitas, an official publication of the University of Asia and the Pacific, November 2009 Edition, p.26,
  8. ^ Official website of the University of Asia and the Pacific, Administration - Management Committee,
  9. ^ "Meet Google Drive – One place for all your files".
  10. ^ "Student handbook" (PDF). 2017. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  11. ^ UA&P grabs WNCAA volleyball crown
  12. ^ WNCAA senior cage, volley finals on,
  13. ^ Vitug, Marites Dañguilan; Bueza, Michael (2015-08-21). "EXCLUSIVE: No master's degrees for Ralph Recto". Rappler. Retrieved 2019-02-28.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 14°34′49″N 121°03′38″E / 14.58035°N 121.06069°E / 14.58035; 121.06069