Universidad de Manila

Universidad de Manila
Universidad de Manila Logo.png
Former name
City College of Manila (1995-2006)
MottoPublic service through quality education
TypePublic, City University
EndowmentIncrease Php 104.1million (2005)
ChairmanMayor Francisco Moreno Domagoso
PresidentMaria Lourdes N. Tiquia
One Mehan Gardens Manila
Metro Manila
Alma Mater songUDM Hymn
NicknameUDMian, Merlions

The Universidad de Manila (UdM) (formerly known as the City College of Manila) is a city government funded, public local university in Manila, Philippines. Its Main Campus is located at the grounds of Mehan Gardens, near the Central Terminal Station of LRTA Line 1. It has an annex campus in Carriedo Street (Downtown Campus). It formerly maintained a campus at the 15-storey old PNB Building in Escolta Street but it was razed by a fire in 2015 and was finally demolished in 2016. The Division of City Schools-Manila has its headquarters at the main campus of UDM.[1]

Side facade

UDM was founded as the City College of Manila (CCM) by Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim. Mayor Lito Atienza renamed it Universidad de Manila in 2006. The school reverted to its original name in 2007 when Mayor Lim retook City Hall. However, a few months into office, he renamed it Gat Andrés Bonifacio University.


The Integridad de Punto

Universidad de Manila was founded in 1995 during the term of Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim. It was then located in the old 12-storey high Philippine National Bank Building in the district of Santa Cruz.[2][3]

The logo of City College of Manila (CCM)

In its early years, and before it acquired its current name and status, many controversies haunted the CCM. Among the issues were the low passing rates that it had received and its proposed transformation into a district college of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.[4] PLM and the CCM students opposed the plan; thus, it never materialized.

In early 2005, many environmental groups resisted the construction of the new building at the Mehan Garden, but there were organizations that backed the move.[5] Later on, the City Council unanimously voted in favor of transferring the CCM's main building to the site, and the construction of a five-storey edifice ensued.[2][6] In that same year, the CCM integrated sports in its curriculum in line with the plan of establishing the Manila Sports Academy, which is tasked to provide free college education to deserving athletes and outstanding performers and develop future sports educators.[7][8] Additionally, the college took part in the enforcement of English as the medium of instruction.[9][10]

A year later, Manila City officials, including Mayor Lito Atienza, initiated the elevation of CCM to a university to promote higher learning and provide more opportunities to Manila youth for a quality education. By virtue of the amendments of Ordinance No. 7885, which was authored by majority floor leader Ernesto Dionisio and some members of the majority bloc, the CCM acquired the name Universidad de Manila (UDM).[11] During the same year, UDM hosted the International Youth Expo, with the theme, "Showcasing an Ideal World through Visuals."[12]

In 2007, the Commission on Higher Education allowed the UDM to confer postgraduate studies. On November 30 of the same year, during the commemoration of the 144th birth anniversary of Andrés Bonifacio, Lim renamed the school in honor of Bonifacio, who despite of financial difficulties pursued knowledge through self-education.[13]

UDM has three buildings, in the Annex, Escolta and the Main Building.


The university's ten colleges offer courses from bachelor to postgraduate degree programs. Degree programs, such as Criminology, Social Work, Physical Therapy and Nursing, are considered as the University's pilot courses.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)[edit]

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics minor in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work
  • Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication

College of Business and Entrepreneurship (CBE)[edit]

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in:

  • Human Resources Development Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing Management

College of Criminology (CCr)[edit]

For five straight years, the College of Criminology has consistently been ranked by the Professional Regulation Commission as the leading criminology school in the Philippines out of 197 participating schools. At present, UDM's College of Criminology is remained Top 1 in Metro Manila, and Top 5 in the Philippines (2015).[14]

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology

College of Education (CEd)[edit]

  • Bachelor in Secondary Education Major in Biological Science
  • Bachelor in Secondary Education Major in Mathematics
  • Bachelor in Secondary Education Major in Social Sciences
  • Bachelor in Secondary Education Major in English

College of Engineering and Technology (CET)[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (1995-2000)

College of Health Science (CHS)[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Department of Nursing is affiliated with Gat. Andres Memorial Medical Center, Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center, and other health centers in Metro Manila. It was recognized as the Top 3 nursing school in the Philippines by the Professional Regulation Commission in the June 2007 Nursing Licensure Examination.

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

The Department of Physical Therapy is located at the main campus, and it is affiliated with the Philippine Orthopedic Center, RMR Physical and Occupational Therapy Clinic, Veterans Memorial Medical Center, Ospital ng Maynila, Santa Ana Hospital, Dr. Fe Del Mundo Medical Center and Foundation, Medical Center Muntinlupa, Hospicio de San Jose, and other hospitals and health centers in Metro Manila. In the 2007, 2008, and 2010 board examinations, the college produced 100% passing rate; two of its passers ranked second and fourth among the list of top examinees nationwide.

College of Accountancy and Economics (CAE)[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Science in Financial Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Business Economics

College of Public Administration (CPA)[edit]

  • Bachelor of Public Administration

College of Human Kinetics (CHK)[edit]

  • Bachelor in Physical Education and Sports

College of Industrial Technology (CIT)[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Garment Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Technology

Student enrollment[edit]

The university started with some 2,000 enrollees[3] until its population increased to 6,000. From October 2005 to January 2006, 1,051 students out of 1,600 enrollees graduated in their selected courses. Some 290 students finished the basic computer course while 11 finished the photo silkscreen and signage course. The assessment report prepared by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority showed that 234 examinees passed the knowledge assessment, while 189 passed the skills assessment, which resulted to a 100% passing rate in January 2006.[11]

In 2005, the university had more than 14,000 students, of whom 9,830 were in the college programs (psychology, mass communications, mathematics, political science, physical therapy, criminology, nursing, electronics, education and computer engineering, social work, among others).[citation needed]

More than 4,200 others had been trained in ladderized courses. Under this generic program called Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology fall most of the vocational and technical courses like automotive mechanics, hotel and restaurant technology, refrigeration and air-conditioning, among others. More than 3,500 students are housed in its main campus at the Mehan Garden.[citation needed]


The University's sports teams are nicknamed the Merlions. Student athletes participate in the Alculympics,[15][16] National Students Basketball Championship, Manila Youth Games, and other intramural sports.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alvin Capino (2006-07-07). "Expediency Over Justice". Manila Standard Today Online. Retrieved 2007-03-19.
  2. ^ a b Students back CCM project. The Manila Bulletin Online. June 23, 2001.
  3. ^ a b The Mehan Garden development plan. Go, Flora O. The Manila Bulletin Online. July 16, 2001.
  4. ^ Bernardo, Marie Kristine O. "PLM to Adopt CCM?" Ang Pamantasan, vol. XXIII, no. 3. September 10, 2002.
  5. ^ Villar pushes free college education; Scholars back CCM at Mehan. The Manila Bulletin Online. July 16, 2001.
  6. ^ City council backs college at Mehan. Viaje, Reden. July 14, 2001.
  7. ^ Manila college makes sports part of curriculum. The Manila Bulletin Online. February 25, 2005.
  8. ^ College education for Manila athletes. The Manila Bulletin Online. October 1, 2005.
  9. ^ Manila committee on use of English in schools reveals initial measures. The Manila Bulletin Online. July 19, 2004.
  10. ^ Manila schools told: Step up English proficiency programs. Viaje, Reden S. The Manila Bulletin Online. March 14, 2005.
  11. ^ a b Raymund F. Antonio (2006-05-10). "City College of Manila renamed Universidad". The Manila Bulletin Online. Archived from the original on 2006-05-10. Retrieved 2008-08-05.
  12. ^ "International Youth Expo 2006: ″Showcasing an Ideal World Through Visuals″". Family Times website. 2006-08-10. Retrieved 2007-08-28.
  13. ^ Rommel C. Lontayao (2007-11-30). "144th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio observed today". The Manila Times Internet Edition. Archived from the original on 2008-08-09. Retrieved 2008-08-09.
  14. ^ "UdM Tops Exams for Fifth Time". The Manila Bulletin Online. 2006-12-12. Archived from the original on 2006-12-12. Retrieved 2007-08-28.
  15. ^ Yap, DJ.New college sports league formed Archived 2009-02-28 at the Wayback Machine. Philippine Daily Inquirer. January 16, 2009.
  16. ^ Galvez, James Constantin. Local schools set Olympic meet[permanent dead link]. The Manila Times Internet Edition. January 15, 2009.
  17. ^ CCM Merlions reach quarters Archived 2008-12-02 at the Wayback Machine. Manila Times Internet Edition. February 29, 2008.

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Coordinates: 14°35′59″N 120°58′52″E / 14.5997°N 120.9812°E / 14.5997; 120.9812