As a graduating student, you’ve definitely encountered difficulty on whether or not you should relocate to a more urban city like Manila or Cebu for seemingly better educational opportunities. You hear about these cities’ sprawling universities and famous alumni so it’s natural to think they may indeed have the best universities in the country. And if you’re not from Mindanao, you probably have negative images of what life is like in Mindanao so pursuing higher education in this region is not recommended.
This A-Z Guide to Studying in Mindanao will give you so many insights and a broader understanding of what the Land of Promise has to offer – from schools and courses to tourist spots, food finds, and activities you can try as a student. And if you need more information about a specific school in Mindanao, you can search through Edukasyon.ph and apply directly to a school that interests you.
Ateneo de Davao University and Ateneo de Zamboanga University – Two schools from the Ateneo system with outstanding academic track record and brand recognition, known for its mission to be men and women for others.
Build your empire of connections – Sign up and actively participate in school affiliations such as Kalasag, Piglasapat, ATENEWS, UP Mindanao Debate Society, Himati and many more institutions.
Central Mindanao University – Sought after courses in Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine and Forestry.
Develop good study habits – With universities situated in vast fields and beautiful scenery, you’ll have the most conducive study area.
Extracurricular activities – Unleash your inner creativity through Ateneo Sidlak Performing Arts Collective, Awitenista, Circulo de Arte, Xavier Philharmonia and other clubs and affiliations.
Father Saturnino Urios University – Recognized by Quacquarelli Symonds Limited as one of the Top 200 Asian Universities for 2011 for its quality graduates and international achievements.
Get to know the Mindanao pride – Antonio Lagdameo is known for his public works in Mindanao, Randy Halasan won the 2014 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership, and the current president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte.
Have fun – Dress up and attend ADDU’s annual Campus Pop or UP’s Deviance Day and gear up for Davao Region Athletic Association, Davao Association of Catholic Schools Sports Fest and Alumni Cup.
Iligan Institute of Technology – Built for the best and the brightest in Science and Technology.
Jose Memorial State College – Advanced studies and progressive leadership in Education, Agriculture, Arts, Sciences and Engineering.
Know your passion – Fashion Institute of Design and Arts or Philippine Women’s College offer programs in fashion, arts and design and if you’re into culinary, look up Joji Ilagan Career Center and Foundation Inc.
Lyceum of the Philippines Davao – The first and only institution in Southeast Asia that was granted a five-year membership under International Center of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education.
Malayan Colleges Mindanao – One of the best educational institution to offer Engineering, Architecture and IT courses for senior high school, bachelor’s degree, and graduate studies.
No to conflict – The entire Mindanao community unites to eliminate racism, chaos and any form of injustice by practicing empathy in simple ways like offering friendly greetings or being mindful of words and actions.
Organizations – Renowned groups like AIESEC, AGRI-BIDA, ECOTENEO, Xavier University Red Cross Youth have Mindanao roots.
Phinma Cagayan de Oro College – Leading educational institution in the country in the field of Criminology, having produced a number of topnotch graduates since its inception in 1947.
Quest for challenge – Educational institutions from Manila are putting up branches in Davao City like Lyceum of the Philippines and Mapua Institute of Technology.
Relax and rejuvenate – Take some time off from school work by visiting a beach in Samal Island, going on a roadtrip to Mati or Sarangani or learning how to surf in Siargao.
Support system and study groups – Mindanaoans are warm and friendly so from classmates to academic mentors, it will be comforting to know that you’re surrounded by people who appreciate your hard work and encourage you to do better.
Transportation tricks – 20% student fare discount is also implemented throughout Mindanao.
University of the Philippines Mindanao – Ranked 156th among the 359 universities in Asia, UP is the only Philippine university in the Times Higher Education rankings by National University of Singapore
Volunteer work – Habitat for Humanity Mindanao chapter, USAID Mindanao Youth Development Program, Madaris Volunteer Program, IVCF Southern Mindanao, and Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute are just some of the institutions you can volunteer for.
Wise up – Seekhana Study Hub Cafe and Green Coffee are two of the most sought after coffee shops in Davao City that are packed with students daily. The Librewry Cafe in Cagayan de Oro and Coffee Bank in General Santos City also offer a conducive study place with delicious food.
Xavier University – Recognized with 2 Centers of Excellence in Agriculture and Education and 7 Centers of Development in Biology, Literature, Chemical, Civil, Electronics, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.
Yes to disconnecting from technology – Surfing in Dahican Beach, baking campfire smores at Naked Island, strolling through nature in Buda, and getting adrenaline rush from Sky Cycle at Eden Nature Park is incomparable to watching cat videos on Youtube.
Zamboanga University (Universidad de Zamboanga) – boasts of 7 campuses, ISO 9001:2008 certification, PACUCOA accreditation and a Medical Center which serves not just as a hospital but as an academic backbone for research in the field of medical sciences, too.
These are just 26 amazing reasons to get you pumped to study in Mindanao. Once enrolled, you can definitely add more to this list as you immerse yourself in university life.