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Adamson University

900,San Marcelino Street,Ermita,Manila City 1000,Metro Manila

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A Brief History of Adamson University

Dr. George Lucas Adamson, a Greek chemist from Athens, founded the Adamson

School of Industrial Chemistry (ASIC) on June 20, 1932 to train young men and

women along the lines of practical industrial chemistry. It started as a one-

classroom school that evolved into the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry

and Engineering (ASICE) on February 19, 1936. Upon approval by the Secretary

of Public Instruction of its application for university status on February 5,

1941, it became known as Adamson University (AdU).

George Lucas’s cousin Alexander Athos Adamson came to ASIC shortly after to

help the fledgling school. Alexander joined the administration on July 15,

1932, serving at one time or another as Vice President, Treasurer and

Registrar. Much later, Alexander’s brother George Athos Adamson also came

onboard in 1934, becoming the School Dean, Dean of the College of Engineering

and professor. Evdoxia Savaides Adamson, wife of George Lucas, started working

and teaching in the University in 1939, then served as Dean of the College of

Education and of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Sofia Adamson,

George Athos’s wife, taught in the College of Education after arriving in 1939

and briefly served as Directress of the Junior Normal College. Except for

George Athos and Sofia who left after the war, all the Adamsons remained

working in the University until its turnover to the Vincentian Fathers and

Brothers of the Congregation of the Mission in 1964. George Lucas Adamson

served as President until 1967, for a total of 35 years, including a three-

year holdover stint at the assumption of the Vincentians as administrators.

Before finally settling on its permanent home along San Marcelino Street in

1946 after the war, the school stayed in three different locations: Sta. Cruz

(1932-1933), San Miguel (1933-1939) and Intramuros (1939-1941). In San

Marcelino, the University expanded with the acquisition of the Meralco

building in 1968 and the St. Theresa’s College-Manila campus in 1977, both

just across the street.

Fr. Leandro I. Montañana, C.M., a Spanish Vincentian, was the second President

and first under the C.M. administration. He served in that capacity until 1985

when Fr. Rolando S. Dela Goza, C.M., the first Filipino university president,

succeeded him and served until 1994. Next came Fr. Jimmy Belita, C.M.,

president until 2003 and was succeeded by the current president, Fr. Gregorio

L. Bañaga, Jr., C.M.

Although best known for its chemistry and engineering programs, Adamson

gradually added architecture, sciences, pharmacy, business, education, liberal

arts, law, graduate school, basic education, and theology courses as it grew

bigger. The transfer of ownership in 1964 incorporated the University into the

Adamson-Ozanam Educational Institutions, Inc. and led to its transition from

a secular to a Catholic institution. St. Vincent de Paul, founder of the C.M.,

was declared University Patron Saint and the motto Veritas in Caritate (Truth

in Charity) was adopted. A new vision was articulated, basically that of

offering affordable quality education especially for the socially

disadvantaged—one not substantially different from that of the Founder’s who

wanted to help Filipinos gain a livelihood by offering a maximum amount of

practical education in a minimum amount of time. To keep up with the

challenges and demands of the time, the University responded by offering

information systems and technology, nursing, customs administration,

hospitality management, and physical education courses.

The 21st century saw Adamson University gaining a series of achievements under

the leadership of Fr. Bañaga. The University was declared a historic site by

the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in 2007 during its

celebration of its Diamond Jubilee. A marker was placed in front of the St.

Vincent Building, the oldest edifice in the University, to commemorate this


In 2010 the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) granted the Autonomous

status and certification for the Institutional Monitoring and Evaluation for

Quality Assurance (IQuAME) to the University after passing CHED’s rigorous

evaluations and visits. The Autonomous status means that Adamson University

will have more autonomy or independence in its administration, decision making

and implementation; have the privilege to offer new programs and distance

courses, among others; and the authority to grant an Honoris Causa to those

deserving following CHED’s provisions for granting honorary degrees.

Meanwhile, the IQuAME certification means that the University has met the

requirements and has complied with the standards set forth by CHED to

determine the worthiness of its education and service. Several of its degree

programs have also been recognized by CHED as Centers of Excellence and/or

Centers of Development.

In celebration of its 80th anniversary, the Adamson University Museum-

Founder’s Wing was opened on November 16, 2012. The Founder’s Wing houses

memorabilia and personal effects of Dr. Adamson, which were donated by his

family. The items featured in the Founder’s Wing have been carefully preserved

by his widow, Mrs. Evdoxia Adamson, and were sent from Spain where the Adamson

family now lives.

Strengthening its efforts to achieve excellence, Adamson University applied

for and successfully achieved the prestigious ISO 9001:2008 Management Systems

certification by TÜV Rheinland in January 2013. The ISO 9001:2008

certification means that the quality of the university’s processes and

standards are at par with international management systems and that the

University has instituted quality assurance methods in both the academic and

support services with procedures for its maintenance. In formalizing and

maintaining its quality assurance methods, students, parents, and other

customers of the University can be assured that teaching quality remains at

its best and that transactions are done efficiently.

Adamson University has transformed itself into a dynamic and harmonious

community of administrators, faculty, employees, and students teaming up to

maintain its level of academic excellence to produce socially responsible and

globally competitive graduates. Its continuing quest for excellence tempered

by its desire to make an impact in its community renders the holistic

education offered by the University as true to its aim of providing education

with a heart.

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