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Keeping a Tradition of Excellence

Academic excellence is a longstanding tradition of the Ateneo de Manila.

 

The name “Ateneo de Manila” has always been associated with excellence– in academics as well as in service. This can be seen in the various aspects of the Ateneo, especially the department programs, faculty, students, and facilities.

 

Overall Institutional Excellence

The Ateneo de Manila has a Level IV Reaccreditation Status (the highest level) with the Philippine Accreditation Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU), the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) “in recognition of the excellence of its academic programs which have prestige and authority comparable to similar programs in excellent foreign universities” making Ateneo de Manila the first university in the country to receive these awards all at the same time.

 

The Ateneo has eleven CHED Centers of Excellence - Information Technology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Literature, Philosophy, English, Psychology, Sociology, Business Administration or Management, and Entrepreneurship and two CHED Centers of Development - Biology and Environmental Science. The Ateneo Graduate School of Business was ranked first in the CHED-FAPE evaluation of Graduate Schools of Business. The Ateneo Law School has consistently had the highest passing rate in the Bar exams over the last ten years.

 

Excellent Faculty

The Ateneo de Manila has a very strong faculty, one of the best in the country. This is seen in the large number of faculty members who have doctorate and masteral degrees. Many are nationally acknowledged experts in their respective fields, and the numerous prestigious awards that faculty members have received from external bodies and institutions over the years bear this out. For instance, the Ateneo has ten Metrobank Outstanding Teachers in the college, making it the university with the most number of awardees. Since 2000, Ateneo faculty members have won numerous awards in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the National Book Awards from the Manila Critics Circle. Many of its distinguished faculty in the School of Science and Engineering and School of Social Sciences have also been named Outstanding Young Scientist by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and have been presented with the Meritorious Service Award by the Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development (PCASTRD). A National Artist teaches at the School of Humanities. Some faculty members have received other national awards such as The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) Award and the Gawad Balagtas Award for the lifetime achievement in literature.

 

World Class Facilities and Programs

Ateneo’s world-class facilities and programs provide students with a rich environment in which to explore, master, and contribute to research, development, and applications in the field. Some additions to these are the Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center, the Microelectronics Student Laboratory, the Ateneo-PLDT Advanced Network Testbed, the Ateneo Innovation Center, the John Gokongwei School of Management Business Accelerator and the JGSOM Student Enterprise Center.

 

The Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center, established in partnership with SMART Communications and Sun Microsystems, is a world-class research and development center that creates new and innovative applications that use Java and wireless technologies to improve and enrich people’s lives. Powered by Sun Microsystems’ machines and SMART’s telecommunication infrastructure, the center aims to be the premier think tank of its kind in the country, at the forefront of SMS, MMS, and Java applications development.

 

The Microelectronics Student Laboratory of the Ateneo is equipped with the state-of-the-art “Synopsis”, a suite of tools which enables students to design, verify, and analyze integrated circuits as complex as the Pentium 4. These facilities provide our students superior training for the needs of the industry.

 

The Ateneo-PLDT Advanced Network Testbed is a facility for research and development on current market deployment concerns, pre-deployment testing, as well as more advance topics for research. It helps develop focused training modules with integrated hands-on components on topics that cover leading-edge market and technological fronts such as radio frequency (RF) on fiber and advanced DSL (digital subscriber line) services.

 

At the crossroads between old and new thinking on research sits the Loyola Schools’ newly formed Ateneo Innovation Center (AIC). The crucial difference between research and innovation lies at the heart of the center’s formation, as the center’s concept paper points it out: “A researcher wants to get things on paper. An innovator wants to get things on the ground’. The AIS has set the following mission for itself: “to enhance the university’s functions of teaching, research and outreach by directing these towards the development of innovative science and technology solutions of challenges in industry and society”. Such innovation is the world's first bamboo electric bicycle, to promote green tourism, successfully built by the AIC in collaboration with exchange students from the Institut Catholiques d'Arts et Metiers from France. Several AIC projects underway are collecting potable water from air, formulating an algae-based biodiesel, measuring rainfall with the use of microwaves, and allowing people to access their personal medical database through their mobile phones.

 

Another fine example of how the Ateneo provides its students with innovative learning environments in which to pursue academic and professional excellence is the Ateneo’s John Gokongwei School of Management Business Accelerator (JGSOMBA). The JGSOMBA is a university-based business incubator that is an experiential learning laboratory at the forefront of university-based entrepreneurial education. JGSOMBA supports student entrepreneurship by helping students set up their own businesses even while still in school. Students in the program undergo a one-year enterprise development program that brings them through the entire business development cycle, from idea generation to commercial production and sale of their products. Successful graduates of the JGSOMBA have developed products that are sold at a number of large commercial establishments and supermarket chains.

 

The most recent addition to university-based experiential laboratories is the JGSOM Student Enterprise Center. The JSEC is a strip mall that not only puts students inside the kitchen of food stalls but allows them to experience the rigors of running a business in real-world entrepreneurship. Here, only students of the Ateneo, whose business plans pass the screening conducted by the Dean’s Office of the JGSOM and are able to accomplish all required government permits, are allowed to occupy stalls and set up their businesses.

 

 

Revised version of “Keeping a Tradition of Excellence”Loyola Schools Bulletin.

Volume 1. Special Edition.





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