Vision, Mission and Goals


The Ateneo de Davao University 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 prepares students to benefit from,
contribute to and engage the global world.


The Ateneo de Davao excels in the formation of leaders
for the Philippine Church and society,
especially for Mindanao. It excels further in the promotion of the faith that does justice,
in cultural sensitivity and transformation,
and in inter-religious dialogue,
particularly with the Muslim and Lumad communities of Mindanao.
It promotes communities touched and transformed by the faith,
communities of peace and human well-being,
culturally resilient yet able to adapt to the modern world.
It promotes social justice, gender equality, good governance,
the creation of wealth and its equitable distribution.
It engages vigorously in environmental protection,
the preservation of bio-diversity, and
the promotion of renewable energy.
It leads in Philippine educational reform,
especially for the peoples of Southern Philippines.


IN MORE CONCRETE TERMS, the Ateneo de Davao University seeks to pursue the identified key goals and to address priority concerns, where each of the University units addresses the concerns in a manner appropriate to itself as a Filipino, Catholic, and Jesuit University.

As a Filipino University…

A more systematic and critical understanding of the Filipino culture based on the insight that  culture, being a  creation of human society, is open to intelligent modification and choice.

A focus on distinctive areas of concern, among them are:

  • Muslims and indigenous peoples, children and women.
  • Environment
  • Development and promotion of civic culture and consciousness and the promotion of responsive and responsible government.
  • Job creation and entrepreneurship to address the endemic problem of poverty.

As a Catholic University…

  • The message of the gospel focused on specific areas of concern of the students on self-identity  and personal growth, family, civil society, Christ and Church, and the meaning of life among  others.
  • The deeper understanding of the faith and its inculturation into Philippine culture.
  • The human and spiritual formation of faculty and students.
  • The creation of the university into a truly Christian community.

As a Jesuit University…

  • Excellence in all its programs.
  • Focus on science and math, theology and philosophy.
  • High level of competence in spoken and written English.
  • Incorporation of information technology into the very fabric of University life and programs.
  • The sense and mission of service for others and the country.