Ateneo de Zamboanga University
The Ateneo de Zamboanga University (Filipino: Pamantasang Ateneo de Zamboanga; also referred to as AdZU) is a Catholic and Jesuit university in Western Mindanao. AdZU began in 1912 as Escuela Catolica, a parochial school run by Spanish Jesuits.[ It is the second oldest Jesuit school in the Philippines and the second Jesuit school to be named Ateneo. It initially offered primary and secondary education for boys. It became a college in 1952 and a university in August 2001. It operates on two campuses, LaPurisima Street with the tertiary and senior high school divisions and Barangay Tumaga, outside Zamboanga City proper, with the junior high school and grade school units.
AdZU offers academic programs at the kindergarten, elementary, junior high, senior high, undergraduate, and graduate levels.[ As is the norm in the Philippine education system, instruction is primarily delivered in the English language with the exception of Philippine and foreign language subjects. Consistent with the liberal arts tradition upon which all Ateneo schools draw from, AdZU's academic programs always have core subjects that educate students from all levels and specializations not only on the nationally mandated areas of history, social studies, and literature, but also on matters that are of importance to Atenean education such as Ignatian spirituality, Catholic theology, and Jesuit philosophy. In spite of this, AdZU welcomes students from differing faiths and traditions.
Graduate and professional schools
The AdZU Graduate School offers Masters-level and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs across the disciplines covered by the five undergraduate schools. In addition, AdZU has career-specific professional schools, including the School of Medicine and the College of Law.
College of Nursing (CON) - offers a single degree program, Bachelor of Science in Nursing. College of Science and Information Technology (CSIT) - confers four-year Bachelor of Science degrees in natural sciences, mathematics, information technology, and engineering, including the Philippines's first fully fledged (non-minor) Biomedical Engineering program as well as a two-year Associate degree program. CSIT is considered by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Development for Information Technolog. School of Education (SEd) - offers degrees in education as well as a Certificate in Professional Education (CPE) program for
graduates of other undergraduate programs. SEd is considered by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Excellence for Teacher Education School of Liberal Arts (SLA) - offers programs in the humanities and social sciences.School of Management and Accountancy (SMA) - facilitates programs in the realms of business and management.
AdZUoffers education in the Grade School (GS), Junior High School (JHS), and Senior High School (SHS) units. The Grade School unit offers primary education in the 1st to 6th grade as well as two years of kindergarten (preparatory) education. The Junior High School unit covers the 7th to 10th grade of secondary education, and offers accelerated mathematics curricula to qualified students. Both units achieved the top level of PAASCU accreditation for their education levels.
The Senior High School offers 11th and 12th grade education.The unit was launched following the K-12 curriculum overhaul project of the Department of Education.
It offers the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); Accountancy and Business Management (ABM); Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS); and Information and Communications Technology - 2D Animation (ICT-2DA) strands.