University of Mindanao

University of Mindanao
Unibersidad ng Mindanaw
Motto Vincit Omnia Veritas
Motto in English Truth conquers All
Established July 27, 1946
Type Private, Non-sectarian
President Pres. Guillermo P. Torres, Jr., Ed.D.
Principal Estrella S.C. Napoles
High School and Elementary Department

Eugenio S. Guhao
Graduate and Post-Graduate School

J. Melchor V. Quitain
College of Legal Education

Esterlina B. Gevera
College of Accounting Education

Iluminado C. Quinto, Jr.
College of Architecture and Fine Arts Education

Gerlita S. Ruiz
College of Arts and Sciences Education

Vicente Salvador E. Montaño
College of Business Administration Education

Carmelita B. Chavez, Ph.D Crim
College of Criminal Justice Education

Marilou T. Lozarita
College of Teachers Education

Leo B. Largo
College of Engineering Education

Ofelia C. Lariego
College of Nursing Education
Students 19,200+
Location Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines
Campus Urban (Davao City and branches)
Colors Maroon and Gold         
Nickname UM

The University of Mindanao is the largest private, non-sectarian university in Mindanao located in Davao City on the Southern Philippine island. Established in 1946, the University of Mindanao has ten branches spread over thirteen campuses in Southern Mindanao. It is currently an Autonomous Status per CEB Resolution No. 076-2009 with Category A (t) per CMO No. s. 2009 standing accredited by Commission on Higher Education (CHED). It has a total student population of 29,765 (SY 2007-08). It is considered as the best Education (All Level III by PACUCOA rating in each major subjects) and Engineering School in Davao in terms of numbers of board passers. One of the four universities in Davao City that offered BS Accountancy recognized by CHED together with Ateneo de Davao University, University of the Immaculate Conception and Holy Cross of Davao College. It is the largest private university in Mindanao and one of the first top five (5) schools with a highest number of programs accredited by PACUCOA in the country today.[1]



In the midst of rebuilding the ruins of World War II, Atty. Guillermo E. Torres constructed the institution that would provide the education for socially, morally, economically knowledgeable, productive and responsible citizenry of the country. His undying faith and enthusiasm pushed him to convince his friends in Manila and new acquaintances to fulfill this vision.

The realization of the dream marked history when the Mindanao Colleges was incorporated on July 27, 1946. During the first year of operation, classes were held in four rented rooms of the Borgaily Building along San Pedro Street in Davao City. Thirteen teachers were hired and there were 381 enrolees. Dr. Efigenia C. Occeña was the Acting Coordinator. The permitted courses were originally the six year complete Elementary Course, two-year

Secondary Course (1st and 2nd years), two year Elementary Teacher Certificate, two-year Associate in Commercial Science, and two-year Associate in Arts. To accommodate the increasing number of Enrolees, the Board of Trustees decided to buy Club Royale along Legaspi Street and renovated to suit classroom requirements. New parcels of land were purchased along Bolton and Bonifacio Street which is the present location of the main campus and Embassy Area respectively. The University’s influence emanated more with the establishment of the Mindanao Collegian, the first free campus paper in Mindanao. It became the training grounds of the Davao News paper men, a lot of them front liner’s of the city’s local publications up to this date. The student-editors from the early days of the Mindanao Collegian are now the “who’s-who” in Mindanao’s media, government and business zeitgeist.

Foreign linkages were sparked when Atty. Torres left for the US for a sponsored study tour on May 1955. These bondages broaden the UM’s scope and help it gear up for more challenging global competitiveness. Some of them were the University on the Air (1971); Sister University agreements with the John Dewey International University Consortium of America, New York City and the Fongchia College of Engineering and Business of Taipei, Taiwan.

As its aim of providing “education for all,” UM became popular not only among middle classes but also to those poor but deserving young dreamers. The Open Education Program in the early 70s enabled the institution to help the poor but deserving college undergraduates employed in the business and factory sites and self-employed to earn a college education. From being a humble Mindanao Colleges in Bolton, it blossomed into the University of Mindanao on December 21, 1966 and has spawned 10 more branches to the outlying province in 1948 in Digos, Bangoy, Peñaplata, Tagum (1950), Guianga (1952), Ilang- Tibungco (1951), Panabo (1951), Bansalan (1962), Cotabato (1959), Toril and a sprawling learning ground in Matina. UM is the first non-sectarian university in Mindanao. The development of the Matina Campus with new infrastructure side by side with the improvement of the University’s image through accreditation with the PACUCOA was pursued with vigor by its founders and the UM family. As the revered historian Josefina C. San Pedro said it, “ As each fresh graduate faces the brave new world, equipped and ready, let it be always be remembered that this was how he (Guillermo E. Torres, Sr.) envisioned things to be.” His vision of “education for all” is now well entrenched in the university that is continually responsive to the development of the country.

His dream lives on with each passing year, deeply rooted in the continuing history of the University of Mindanao as its graduates meet the challenges of the future.” Keeping the torch burning is something education never ceases to pass. Its embers serve as guiding light for those who desire to learn and improve the quality of life. From a one man’s vision, the hope of the nation and future of the young dreamers who come to UM’s halls lie.

Facilities and Amenities

  • State of the art speech, computer, engineering and nursing laboratories
  • Amphitheatre
  • Gymnasium
  • Auditorium (Best among other universities)
  • Airconditioned Libraries
  • Airconditioned review rooms
  • Research and publication center
  • Radio Broadcasting Network
  • Projectors
  • Audio/Visual Equipments
  • Mini-Hotel (HRM Students)
  • Chapel
  • Book Store
  • Canteens
  • Student's association and clubs offices
  • Fitness Center
  • Multitest Clinic
  • Department Offices
  • University Bus Service
  • Playgrounds
  • Fully equipped classrooms
  • Proposed Oval Sports Complex
  • Golf Course

The University President

Dr. Guillermo P. Torres, Jr. finished his undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at De La Salle University, Manila. He took his Masters in Business Administration at Ohio University, USA. Finished his Doctorate at University of Mindanao.

Academic programs

The University of Mindanao has more than 10 colleges and school located in three campuses. The Colleges of Business Administration, Accountancy, Criminology and Law and the Graduate School located in Bolton Campus. The Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Engineering, Architecture, Education and Forestry located in Matina Campus. The Technical and Vocational Courses located in Bangoy Campus. Each college is supervised by Dean and Program Heads/Instructor Coordinator.

Most of its academic programs are accredited by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) and the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP)."31".  Its Electrical Engineering is the first in the country granted Level III Reaccredited Status. Level III status is the highest accreditation granted by PACUCOA—a seal of excellence and quality in a given academic program."32".  Its Architecture Program is the first in the country to be granted Level I Accreditation."33".  UM is the first PACUCOA school in Mindanao granted Level III for various academic programs and one of the top five (5) schools in the Philippines with the most number of accreditation."34". 

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has granted Center of Development (COD) to its various academic programs, having the most number of CODs in Mindanao. These programs are Business Administration, Information Technology, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering.

Graduate and Post-Graduate programs

Post-Graduate School

  • Doctor of Engineering
  • Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc.)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
    • Education Management
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
  • Doctor in Public Administration (DPA)
    • Hospital Management
    • School Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology (Ph.D.)

Graduate School

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Master in Nursing (MN)
  • Master of Arts in College Teaching (MACT)
  • Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) Level II
    • Educational Management
    • English
    • Filipino
    • General Science
    • Guidance and Counseling
    • Mathematics
    • MAPEH
    • Technology and Livelihood Education
    • Multi-grade Teaching
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Special Education
  • Master in Engineering (MEngg)
    • Civil Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electronics and Communication Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
  • Master in Environmental Planning (MEnP)
  • Master in Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master in Social Work (MSW)
    • Direct Social Work Practice
    • Social Administration
  • Master of Science in Criminology (MSC)
    • Law Enforcement Administration
    • Criminalistics
  • Master in Business Administration (MBA) Level II
  • Master of Science in Economics(MSEcon)


College of Legal Education

  • Bachelor of Laws

Undergraduate Programs

College of Accounting Education

  • BS Accountancy Level II
  • BS Accounting Technology


College of Architecture and Fine Arts Education

  • BS Architecture Level I
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Painting


College of Business Administration Education

  • BS Business Administration Level III
    • Business Economics Level III
    • Computer Management
    • Financial Management Level III
    • Human Resource Management Level III
    • Marketing Management Level III
    • Real Estate Management
  • BS in Management Accounting Level III
  • BS Entrepreneurship
  • BS Hotel and Restaurant Management Level II
  • BS Office Administration
  • BS Operations Management
  • BS Tourism Management


College of Criminal Justice Education

  • BS Criminology Level 8


College of Teacher Education


  • BEED Generalist Level III
  • BEED Special Education Level III
  • BEED Pre-School Level III


  • BSED English Level III
  • BSED Filipino Level III
  • BSED Mathematics Level III
  • BSED Biological Science Level III
  • BSED Music, Arts & PE Level III
  • BSED Social Studies Level III
  • BSED Technology & Livelihood Education Level III

College of Engineering Education

  • BS Chemical Engineering Level II
  • BS Civil Engineering Level III
  • BS Computer Engineering Level I
  • BS Electrical Engineering Level IV
  • BS Electronics and Communication Engineering Level I
  • BS Mechanical Engineering Level III

College of Arts and Sciences Education

  • AB Political Science Level III
  • AB English Level III
  • AB Psychology Level III
  • AB Mass Communication Level III
  • BS Chemistry
  • BS Computer Science level II
  • BS Information Technology Level II
  • BS Information System
  • BS Library and Information Science Level III
  • BS Information System
  • BS Environmental Science
  • BS Forestry
  • BS Agroforestry
  • BS Mathematics

College of Nursing Education

  • BS Nursing


Technical Programs (TESDA Accredited)

  • Car Defense Driving – 20 hours
  • Caregiver Course – 6 months
  • Electrical Technology
  • Building Wirings and Industrial Electricity
  • Electronics Technology
  • AM/FM, Audio and Video Equipment, TV, VHS, VCR, Cable
  • System & Computers
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Automotive Technology with Driving Lessons
  • Refrigeration and Airconditioning and Technology
  • Free Training on BRIGGS and STRATTON Engines – 40 hours
  • Special Driving


Basic Education

  • Elementary (Grade 1 to Grade 6)
  • High School (Year 1 to Year 4)



A leading institution of higher learning recognized for its quality transformative education serving the nation and the world.


Provide a dynamic and supportive academic environment through the highest standard of instruction, research, and extension in a non-sectarian institution committed to democratizing access to education.....


To achieve its mission, the University aims to:

UM Hymn

Glory to UM, Light of the Southern Skies Guide to the thousands who’ve come to thy halls.

Seeking the wisdom, the knowledge thou hast to offer

To young and seasoned alike.

Ever with faith in thee, we’ll never cease to see

That thy name shall always ring with glory.

Honor to UM, our Alma Mater dear


Tanglaw ka UM sa timog Mindanao

Gabay ka sa aming mga kabataan

Hanap namin ay talino’t karunungan

Sa iyo ay makakamtan

Pananalig sa iyo ay di magbabago

Mamahalin naming lagi pangalan mo.

Dakilang UM ang Alma Mater ko

Universidad ng Mindanao. "28". 

Loyalty March

With loyal hearts and purpose true And with a spirit ever new we sing to thee

In joyous harmony we lift our voices clear to thee

Our Alma Mater dear.

UM beloved to thee, we pledge our loyalty

We’ll strive to live up to thy name

Thy honor is our aim

Though we will wander far and wide

We’ll cherish thee with pride

Thy noble aims and spirit bright

Our guiding light.

UM beloved in thee our hopes and faith abide

Thy standard banner waving high

Inspires us to the sky.

With steady steps and steadfast minds

Our lofty aims defined.

With thee to guide till we have won

We will march on. "29". 

Victory March

UM marches on Marches onward with

the youth of our land.

UM makes the man

That will guide the nation to its proper stand.

And then we’ll march on once again

With our heads held high with hope and dignity.

UM will lead the way, the way to glorious victory. "30". 

Scholarships, Media and Journalism

Student Scholarships

  • Member - UM Choir/Band
  • Member - UM Makabayan Dancers
  • Honors - Valedictorian to Honorable mention in High School
  • STAP - Student's Assistance Program Scholarship
  • Athletic - PRISAA and Palarong Pambansa

Student Publication

The official student publication of the university is Evolution or Evo for brevity. Its predecessor, the Mindanao Collegian, has been producing top-caliber editors, journalists and columnists in the entire region.

One of the most prominent and recent successful student journalists that continued the works in the world of journalism is Nef Luczon, who became the first Editor-in-Chief when the publication was renamed to Evo in 2007, also during that year, he started his stint as correspondent for Mindanao Times, Davao City's oldest newspaper and a sister-company of the University. He also had a short stint in radio before he became a reporter for Manila Bulletin in 2010 and eventually a TV personality in the Northern Mindanao for GMA Channel 12 Cagayan de Oro and the regional anchor for GMA News TV's Saturday program "Balita Pilipinas Primetime." He is a writer, journalist, budding film maker, and an artist.


The University of Mindanao Broadcasting Network (UMBN) is a commercial broadcasting company in Visayas and Mindanao founded in 1949 in Davao City. It runs AM & FM Stations in Mindanao while its affiliate, Ditan Communications run the Visayas FM Stations.

In Davao City, its flagship stations are DXUM 819 kHz. in the AM band and DXWT Wild FM 92.3 MHz.

External links



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