History

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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1967

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

1969

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

1970

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.

1982

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.

1987

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

1989

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.

1992

The Sancta Maria Stella Orientis Oratory was inaugurated.

1993

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

1995 

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.

1997

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

1998

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

2000

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

2005

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

2008

Bishop Javier Echevarria again visits UA&P.

2010

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

2011

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

2012

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.

2013

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.

2015

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

2016

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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