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 contributes to and serves Mindanao.


It participates in the reconciliation by the Father 
of humanity with Himself
of human beings with one another,
of humanity with the environment.

It strengthens faith. It promotes humane humanity.

It engages in intercultural, interreligious, 
and inter-ideological dialogue especially in Mindanao.

It responds to the needs of the Bangsamoro, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,
as well as the needs of Lumad communities.

It promotes the creation of wealth and its equitable distribution.

It strengthens its science and technology instruction, research, and technopreneurship in Mindanao.

It promotes cultural understanding and friendship with its Asian neighbors.

It promotes lifelong learning and the dialogue between academe and the world of work.

It protects and promotes the environment as “our common home.”

It develops ADDU sui generis leaders who appropriate this mission for life.

It treasures and works with its alumni.


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.