Ateneo de Davao University is guided by and seeks to articulate a living intellectual tradition that fosters transformative education. All our undertakings—teaching, research, and service—are infused with a conviction that upholds the sacred character of all reality, the dignity of every human person, the mutually-informing dynamic between faith and reason, and the responsibility to care for those who are suffering most in our world. 


The Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) is a Catholic, Jesuit, and Filipino University. As a university, it is a community engaged in excellent instruction and formation, robust research, and vibrant community service. As Catholic, it proceeds ex corde ecclesiae, from the heart of the Church. As Jesuit, it appropriates the mission of the Society of Jesus and the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. As Filipino, it contributes to and serves Mindanao.

Our University is a private teaching, service, and research university run by the Society of Jesus in Davao City in the Philippines. It was established in 1948, and is the seventh Ateneo opened by the Jesuits in the Philippines. The university has five undergraduate schools, namely the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Governance, School of Engineering and Architecture, School of Education and the School of Nursing. 

The graduate programs are under these units as well. The College of Law is a separate unit within the university. The university also runs a grade school, a junior and senior high schools. Located in the Southern Philippine island of Mindanao, where many of the indigenous peoples of the Philippines live, its mission include “inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogues” promoting communities of peace touched and transformed by the faith. Among its outreach and engagement services are the different initiatives for peace and justice by the Al Qalam Institute for Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia, the Madaris Volunteer Program serving Islamic schools (madrasah) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the establishment of the culturally-appropriate Tboli Sbù Senior High School in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, and its partnership for cultures-based curriculum with St. Aloysius Gonzaga Institute for Higher Studies in Taunggyi, Shan State, Myanmar, and Xavier Learning Community in Chiang Rai, Thailand.


In 2009, Ateneo de Davao University was granted “institutional accreditation” by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). Only six universities in the Philippines were granted and it is the only university in Mindanao to have been given such recognition.

ADDU was also given Autonomous Status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and is also a Center of Development for Information Technology and Teacher Education. In 2016, ADDU was granted “Autonomous and Deregulated Status” by CHED.


Based on international rankings, Ateneo de Davao University is listed among the best higher education institutions in Asia in the 2023 University Rankings of the global higher education think-tank Quacquarelli Symonds or QS.

Ateneo de Davao University consistently ranks in the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings.

The UI GreenMetric World University Ranking determines the ranking on green campus and their commitment, action, and initiative towards environmental sustainability.


All Ateneo de Davao University courses are offered in English and are therefore accessible to international students, while non-English speakers can avail our intensive English courses. In the spirit of transformative education, we invite young leaders from all over the world to take part in ADDU’s intellectual and living tradition of excellence. 


Faced with an ever-changing situation and a need to adapt to challenging circumstances, ADDU has implemented a ‘hybrid classroom’ model in time for the start of the new school year.

A hybrid classroom, sometimes referred to as a hyflex classroom, is a learning environment that includes a mix of students who are present in the physical classroom and also participants joining the class virtually. Popular video-conferencing software platforms, such as Zoom or Microsoft teams, enable students to attend their lectures or seminars remotely, regardless of their own physical location.

The hybrid class model combines the face-to-face element of in-person teaching together with the flexibility of location that online courses provide. It blends real-time in-person learning experiences and virtual team activities for maximum teacher-student engagement. With a hybrid classroom, students who prefer in-person learning can attend class in the traditional way, but students who may be at higher risk can choose to learn from home. But in this case, being at home won’t separate them from their peers—they will still be able to participate in the class alongside those attending in person. Additionally, with some students in the classroom in person and others logging in remotely, the number of students in physical class spaces can be reduced, allowing for greater in-person safety through social distancing.

If students are unable to join in person, remote learners have “presence” through wall displays. Ceiling-mounted microphones support acoustics, and triangulation of equipment supports sightlines to digital content and allows eye-to-eye interactions.


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Foreign nationals and Filipinos residing abroad and in the Philippines are welcome to apply.

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