The University of Asia and the Pacific began in 1967 as the Center for Research and Communication, a think tank conducting research and offering graduate courses in economics and management.

CRC started out small and inconspicuous, but gradually expanded its educational activities. It was awarded university status in 1995, and although it has since been known as the University of Asia and the Pacific, the mission remains the same: the fullest development of everything that is human in the individual.

Rough Timeline

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Dr. Jesus Estanislao and Dr. Bernardo Villegas established the Center for Research and Communication (CRC) as a private voluntary organization with core operations in research and communication, together with training programs in industrial economics. Its first office was located at 1607 Jorge Bocobo St., Malate, Manila.

University founders Dr. Jesus Estanislao and Dr. Bernardo Villegas


The Southeast Asian Science Foundation, Inc. (SEASFI) officially adopted CRC as an institutional project.


In a private meeting in Mexico City, Opus Dei founder St. Josemaría Escrivá encouraged Dr. Estanislao and Dr. Villegas to expand CRC’s horizons beyond the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

CRC opened its first graduate program, the Master of Science in Industrial Economics.


CRC moved to its new site in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. By then, its formal and nonformal programs in economics had been well established. CRC had also gained international recognition as an economic and business think tank.


CRC set up its Institute of Development Education, which would be the forerunner of the School of Education of the envisioned university.


CRC opened its College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and admitted its first batch of college students. The CAS has since become one of the leading choices of high school graduates seeking quality university education.


The Sancta Maria Stella Orientis Oratory was inaugurated.


CRC applied for university status. It formally established its School of Economics and School of Education, and set up its Center for Management.


Education Secretary Ricardo Gloria signed the certificate converting CRC into the University of Asia and the Pacific. The actual signing took place in a public school near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

UA&P was installed in a formal academic rite led by then Commission on Higher Education Chairman Angel Alcala, Secretary Gloria, and Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Rosario Lopez.

Dr. Estanislao was installed as UA&P’s first president. The Regional Vicar of Opus Dei in the Philippines, Fr. Ramon Lopez, was conferred the honorary title of Vice Grand Chancellor of the University.


Mr. Mario D. Camacho was installed as the second President of the University.


The University’s Honorary Grand Chancellor, Bishop Javier Echevarria, visits UA&P. Bishop Echevarria is the Prelate of Opus Dei.


Dr. Jose Maria G. Mariano was installed as the third President of the University.


The 1st Marketing Communication Effectiveness Awards (now Tambuli Awards) is launched.


Bishop Javier Echevarria again visits UA&P.


The School of Sciences and Engineering opens with the pioneer program of Applied Mathematics, followed by the Industrial Engineering program.


The scholarship and grants to students start to cover 25 percent of incoming freshmen.


Leo Parma of Asiapro Cooperative grants UA&P its first professorial and research chair in social entrepreneurship. Full professor Dr. Bernardo Villegas becomes the first chair holder.


The School of Management (SMN) launched the Evening Program of the Master of Science in Management graduate course. It also established the Southeast Asian Business Studies.

The School of Communication opened the Media and Entertainment Management program.

The School of Education started its Human Capital Development and Child Development Education programs.

The Institute of Political Economy became School of Law and Governance, which kicked off the Juris Doctor program.


Dr. Winston Conrad B. Padojinog became the fourth university president of UA&P.


The year-long celebration of the 50th founding anniversary was launched.

The School of Management opened the Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy program.

The School of Law and Governance started to offer the evening program of the Political Economy course.

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