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The Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate came to the Philippines on September 25, 1939 upon the invitation of Bishop Luis del Rosario, S.J. of Zamboanga. Taking over from the Jesuits, the Oblates continued the evangelization of the Empire Province of Cotabato and the Sulu-Tawi-Tawi group of islands. With fidelity to the Christian faith, they sought to win friends and allies among the Christian, Muslim and Indigenous People populace in the heart of Morolandia.
The Pacific War in 1941 interrupted the Oblate Mission in Mindanao. Some Oblates were taken as prisoners and incarcerated at the University of Santo Tomas by the Japanese. After the war, the Oblates returned to their mission stations in Cotabato and Sulu. Although faced with the gargantuan task of reconstruction and rehabilitation, they were undaunted. They forged ahead pursuing their mission with greater zeal, vigor and vitality in the spirit of their founder, St. Eugene de Mazenod.

The Oblates established the Notre Dame College (now Notre Dame University) in 1948. It was the first college founded in Cotabato City and the entire Empire Province of Cotabato, a vast territory comprising the present-day provinces of North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat and the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Tacurong, Koronadal, and General Santos. Although primarily established as a teacher training institution, it offered courses in Liberal Arts, Commerce and Elementary Education, the most basic courses needed in the context.
Fr. Robert E. Sullivan, OMI was its first Dean. Mr. Juan Sinco was the Registrar and Mr. Samuel Cabiles was the Librarian. The pioneering faculty of eight members included Fr. Robert Sullivan, OMI; Bro. Maurus James Doherty, FMS; Bro. Damian Teston, FMS; Mother Ma. Isabel Purificacion, RVM; Mrs. Nilda Quintana; RTC Judge Vicente Cusi Jr.; Atty. Matias Basco; and Mr. Alfredo Gimenez.

  • The Early Beginnings

    In the 40's...Building on the Ravages of War

    The College started operating without a building of its own. The first 128 students attended classes at the Notre Dame of Cotabato Girls Department Building, which was a property of the RVM sisters.

    The second semester enrollment dropped with only 98 students. There were only eight students in the summer of the first School Year 1948-1949. However, this did not cause any discouragement to the Oblates. On the contrary, they ushered new ventures and broke new grounds in the work of evangelization.

    In 1949, the Notre Dame College acquired its own building adjacent to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral and the Notre Dame Press along Quezon Avenue. The school was located practically in the heart of Cotabato City. The School Year 1950-1951 ushered brighter hopes for the young College. As enrollment increased, the administration felt the need to expand its course offerings. A new course in Education was introduced to students wanting to teach in the secondary level. In addition, the ROTC Unit was organized with the offering of military science and tactics for the male population of the college.
  • In the 50's...

    Breaking New Grounds in the Work of Evangelization through Education

    In 1952, Fr. John P. Murphy, OMI succeeded Fr. Sullivan as Dean of the College. In 1953, the College received full Government Recognition for its course offerings in Liberal Arts, Commerce and Education.... In the same year, the College of Law started offering first year law subjects.

    In 1954, Fr. James W. Burke, OMI became the Dean of the College. For three years, 1954 to 1957, the College further expanded its course offerings to meet the growing needs of the community. During Fr. Burke's term, the Normal College was opened with complete courses in Elementary Education leading to the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. In 1956, the two-year pre-nursing course was offered.

    In 1954, Notre Dame College put up the Elementary Training Department, a laboratory school for students pursuing teacher education. However, enrolment was limited to boys. At the time of its opening, there were only two other private elementary schools in the city – one was also a Catholic school but admitting only girls while the other catered primarily to children of Chinese parentage or extraction.

    In 1957, Fr. John P. Murphy, OMI assumed as Dean for the second time, replacing Fr. Burke who was elected Superior of the OMI Philippine Province. Under his leadership, the Notre Dame College embarked on new ventures not only in its course offerings but also in its physical plant and facilities.

    Owing to the yearly increase in enrollment in the college, the administration saw the need to find a new school site that could accommodate its growing population. The new school site was chosen and approved in the late 1950’s. No less than the Very Rev. Leo Deschatelets, OMI, the Superior General of the Oblate Congregation, came all the way from Rome to Cotabato City to lay the cornerstone and bless the college grounds. This momentous event took place on February 27, 1959.

    The construction of the new building and acquisition of facilities went in full swing despite financial problems. At one time, the construction had to be stopped due to lack of funds; yet the Oblates’ faith in God’s providence never waned.

  • In the 60's...

    Becoming a UNIVERSITY

    In June 1960, classes were transferred to the newly constructed Burke Building, named after Fr. James Burke, OMI, the Oblate Provincial Superior from 1957 to 1963.... On February 19, 1961, the new college building was inaugurated and blessed by His Excellency Archbishop Salvatore Siino, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines. It was a grand affair, marking one of the significant events in the history of Notre Dame College

    By the Academic Year 1962-1963, other buildings were constructed -- the Faculty House, the Elementary Training Department, and the Technical Building.

    The decade of the 1960s brought further innovations in the curricular offerings. The College of Engineering was opened. Subjects common to Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering were offered in the first and second years. In 1965, a complete course leading to the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering was given Government Recognition. The Graduate School offered courses leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Education. The Technical School also got the Government Permit and Recognition in 1965 and 1967 respectively. The Technical School offered a complete secondary high school and vocational education. These developments were made possible under the leadership of Fr. Philip F. Smith, OMI who assumed as Rector of the College in 1964.

    In 1968, a new Administration-Science-Auditorium Building was constructed. It was inaugurated in March 1969 and was dedicated to Dan and Ana O'Keefe who gave substantial donations for its completion.

    1969 was a historic year in the life of the College. In an order signed by the Secretary of Education, Dr. Onofre Corpuz, and the Director of Private Schools, Dr. Narciso Albarracin, Notre Dame College was elevated to University status on March 11, 1969.

    The elevation of Notre Dame College into a full-fledged University came to be the capstone and the crowning glory of the educational leadership of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Southern Philippines. It exemplified the untiring zeal of the Oblates in providing relevant and dynamic education through the apostolate of teaching. For the Oblates, it signified a beginning of a new era of renewed commitment to the education ministry.

    Notre Dame University was formally inaugurated on September 9, 1969 at the same time it marked its 21st year as a higher education institution. It was highlighted by the investiture of the Very Rev. Joseph Milford, OMI as the first University President and the installation of the Very Rev. Philip F. Smith, OMI as the first University Rector. In his inaugural address, Fr. Milford said, “We are a Catholic University. This is not a distinction of limitation but a directional beam for truth which is the constant quest of all universities.”

  • In the 70's...

    Surviving the Conflicts and Disasters

    The decade of the 70’s brought about significant changes in the life of the University. From a struggling small College in 1948, it metamorphosed into a University in twenty-one years of its existence. ... One significant change was the assumption of the first Filipino President, the Rev. Fr. Orlando Quevedo, OMI (who would later be elevated as a bishop and eventually as His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, the first Cardinal of the Philippine Church from Mindanao). The formal installation of the new President took place on January 30, 1971.

    In his inaugural address, Fr. Quevedo stressed that "The aim of the University is human resource development within the community." He added that the role of NDU is "to grapple with the problems of a developing region through its teaching, and its research and that failure to do so could be tragic betrayal of academic thrust".

    At the height of the MNLF wars in the early 70's, NDU was not spared from the conflict. The skirmishes affected not only the peace and order situation but also the economy. NDU was swarmed by soldiers belonging to the 21st and 25th Army Battalions who were on the lookout for rebel snipers within the vicinity of the University. The student population at the University suddenly dropped to less than 2,000 by 1973. One student was killed and two others were wounded on different occasions by stray bullets.

    But the period also saw qualitative developments at NDU. On October 28, 1971, six administrative assistants were named and appointed Department Heads by the President. Their primary function was to assist the Deans of the different colleges (Liberal Arts – Prof. Fe Angeles Lopez.(Acting Dean); Commerce – Mr. Cresencio Lopez; Teachers College – Prof. Aurora Carag; Engineering – Engr. Jose M. Rodriguez Jr; Graduate School – Fr. Cuthbert Billman; Law – Atty. Ramon Carag) in the preparation of curricular offerings, scheduling of class programs, and supervision of instruction. The appointees were: Mr. Eugenio Echavez - Accounting; Mrs. Fe Angeles Lopez - English; Mrs. Editha Tugbo - Language; Mr. Ceferino Costales - Mathematics; Mrs. Luz Tolentino - Natural Science and Mrs. Angelina Reyes - Social Sciences.

    In 1972, the Planning and Development Office was created with Mr. Guillermo Hagad as Planning and Development Officer. In the same year, the Socio-Economic Research Center (SERC) was established with Ms. Eva Kimpo-Tan as Director. This center was envisioned to be the research arm of the University that would provide direction in planning, research, education and training and technical assistance in research and socio-economic development concerns to the people of the region.

    In 1974, NDU opened its Nursing College as approved by the Bureau of Private Schools. In June 1975, the College of Commerce offered two new courses: Management and Financial Management. In November 1975, three new graduate courses were offered: Master of Arts in Education major in Elementary School Management/ Secondary School Management; and Master of Arts in Guidance.

    At a time when the University was heading towards development, the unexpected came. At about 12:13 midnight on August 17, 1976, a strong earthquake of tectonic origin rocked Cotabato City causing damage to buildings, roads, schools, houses and other structures. Then came the tsunamis wiping out thousands of houses in the coastal areas. Thousands of people died and tens of thousands more were left homeless.

    The destructive force of the earthquake did not spare NDU. The Administration-Science-Auditorium Building collapsed. The Burke and Technical Buildings suffered severe cracks. For two weeks, classes were suspended to give way to reconstruction and rehabilitation. Classes resumed on September 1, 1976. Semestral classes ended on October 23 instead of the second week.

    The earthquake had left NDU in ruins, but it survived. Survival proved to be a great task for the new University President.

    Fr. Jose Roberto Arong, OMI faced the task of reconstruction and rehabilitation. He was the third President of the University and the second Filipino to occupy such position.

    In 1977, the Quinn and McGrath Buildings were built to house the Engineering College. In due time, Fr. Arong was able to facilitate the rehabilitation of damaged buildings and even added to his accomplishment a new building, the Archbishop Gerard Mongeau Chapel, which became the heart of the University. The Chapel was consecrated in September 1981.

    Parallel with the physical improvement was an upgrading of the University's academic offerings. In 1976, the Graduate School offered M.A. in Public Administration, followed by the offering of M.A. in Business Administration in 1980.

    In response to parents’ pressure, girls were admitted to Elementary Training Department in School Year 1978-1979. More sections were opened in the lower grades starting School Year 1980-1981. Kindergarten classes were opened in 1986.

    On June 12, 1982, Fr. Jose D. Ante, OMI succeeded Fr. Arong, OMI as the 4th President of NDU. In his stint as University President, Fr. Ante was elected President of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines.

    The University’s new Science Building named Archbishop Philip Smith Science Hall, a three-storey structure with a roof deck, housing the laboratories and lecture rooms for the basic science courses was blessed on February 17, 1983. The same year saw also the construction of Deckert Building that houses the Business Office.

  • In the 80's...

    The University’s new era...

    In response to parents’ pressure, girls were admitted to Elementary Training Department in School Year 1978-1979. More sections were opened in the lower grades starting School Year 1980-1981. Kindergarten classes were opened in 1986. ...

    On June 12, 1982, Fr. Jose D. Ante, OMI succeeded Fr. Arong, OMI as the 4th President of NDU. In his stint as University President, Fr. Ante was elected President of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines.

    The University’s new Science Building named Archbishop Philip Smith Science Hall, a three-storey structure with a roof deck, housing the laboratories and lecture rooms for the basic science courses was blessed on February 17, 1983. The same year saw also the construction of Deckert Building that houses the Business Office.

    On December 8, 1988, the USAID-financed De Mazenod Building and was blessed and dedicated. Ambassador Nicholas Platt, the US Ambassador to the Philippines, graced the occasion that was attended by prominent city, provincial, and military officials.

  • In the 90's...

    The University was projected in the limelight of academic excellence

    In 1992, Fr. Eliseo R. Mercado, Jr., OMI became the 5th President succeeding Fr. Jose Ante, OMI. With his innovative leadership, Fr. Mercado initiated much needed reforms at the University and sought support from funding agencies to gradually regain the University’s financial stability. ...

    The University was projected in the limelight of academic excellence, peace advocacy, and development.

  • In the 20's...

    Notre Dame University with a Deregulated Status as a Higher Education Institution (HEI)

    In October 2001, the Commission on Higher Education awarded Notre Dame University with a Deregulated Status as a Higher Education Institution (HEI) with exemplary performance in instruction, research and public service. ...

    In June 2002, Fr. Ramon Ma. G. Bernabe, OMI succeeded Fr. Eliseo R. Mercado, Jr. OMI as the 6th President of the University. He is the first alumnus and the youngest so far to have been appointed the highest post at Notre Dame University. The University President, Fr. Ramon Ma. G. Bernabe, OMI, was subsequently elected in February 2005 as the Oblate Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Philippine Province.

    Fr. Eduardo G. Tanudtanud, OMI was installed as the 7th University President on June 24, 2005.

    In June 2006, the University articulated its University Vision Statement: “Guided by the charism of St. Eugene de Mazenod and committed to excellence, Notre Dame University is a pioneer Catholic Oblates of Mary Immaculate educational institution in Central Mindanao. It envisions to be a leading institution in education for social transformation.”

    On March 11, 2009, in recognition of the University’s exemplary performance as a higher education institution, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) re-awarded Notre Dame University with a Deregulated Status.

    The University Community also went into revisiting and re-articulation process of the University’s Core Values. The process resulted to the re-articulation and adoption of the University Core Values, coined with the acronym FIRES to stand for Faith, Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Service. In this regard, as inspired by FIRES, Notre Dame University moves towards social transformation through education.

    The infrastructure development of the University followed suit to provide more enabling environment for the teaching and learning processes in campus. Embarked were the construction of the pre-school building, the Multi-Purpose Facility, student lounges of the colleges, and the renovation of the Gymnasium, the Deckert Building, Brekel Building and others.

    In October 10, 2010, the Fr. Alfonso Cariño Building was blessed as the facility dedicated to the education commitment to quality and excellence pursued by Fr. Cariño in his Ministry while with Notre Dame University in the early 1970s. The Building houses the Offices of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the College of Health Sciences, College of Computer Studies, classrooms and Nursing Arts Laboratory.

    As the University opened the School Year in June of 2010 and 2011, it was not spared from the flooding in the city caused by the immersion of water hyacinths deep into the Rio Grande and its tributaries. The University had to suspend classes for two to three weeks due to flood in campus and the city’s thoroughfares.

    The NDU–Elementary Training Department was awarded the Level 1 Accreditation as a distinction for quality basic education by the PAASCU (Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools Colleges and Universities) effective March 2011 until March 2014.

    With the globalization of education, the Philippine Education System has launched directions towards the K to 12 education landscape. This development impelled education institutions such as NDU to also align with the emerging realities of basic education framework in its continuum to tertiary education. The emerging thrust for the K to 12 Program for the Philippine Education System presented a need for a critical review and revision of the higher education curriculum and standards for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The University faced the challenges of the education highway from the Kindergarten to Junior High School, to Senior High School and to Tertiary level.

    In June 2012, with the Permit granted by the DepEd, the NDU-Junior High School started accepting Grade 7 students. And, in June 2013, the JHS had a complete secondary education with the additional opening of the Grade 8, 3rd year, and 4th year levels.

    In School Year 2013-2014, the Elementary Training Department was granted Level II Accreditation Status.

    Fr. Charlie Malapitan Inzon, OMI, PhD, was installed as the 8th University President on August 18, 2014. His passion for research has had great impact to the university. The research involvement and engagement of the faculty members were strengthened in the areas of institutional, discipline-based and collaborative researches.

    The educational landscape has changed with the implementation of the national government’s K-12 program. It was in SY 2016-2017 when the University had its first batch of Senior High School (Grade 11) students. There were 712 students coming from different public and private Junior High Schools. And, in SY 2017-2018, having both Grades 11 and 12, the total number of students was 1,605.

    In November 2017, the Junior High School submitted itself for PEAC Recertification which resulted to a Survey Rating of 3.0. The purpose and goal of the school certification is to (1) determine whether or not ESC participating schools comply with DepEd minimum standards and with the criteria established in the GASTPE Law; (2) provide a defensible procedure in assisting schools to upgrade their educational standards. The PEAC Recertification is valid for five years.

    Along with other Oblate schools (Notre Dame of Midsayap College, Notre Dame of Jolo College, and Notre Dame of Greater Manila), the University has partnered with the University of San Carlos in the automation of the institutional processes through the Integrated School Management System Information System (ISMIS).

    Just like Fr. Ramon Ma. G. Bernabe, OMI who was the 6th University President from 2003 to 2005 and appointed the OMI Provincial Superior in January 2005, Fr. Inzon was appointed the Provincial Superior of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate-Philippine Province in January 2018.

    On May 1, 2018, Fr. Francis Efren C. Zabala, OMI assumed office as President of Notre Dame University. He was installed as the 9th University President on July 4, 2018. In his inaugural address, he presented some challenges confronting the University: (1) The continuing impact of K-12 transition amid the transition in the Bangsamoro Region; (2) Review and refinement of internal processes, procedures, systems, structures, values and ways of relating; (3) Keeping standards of excellence; (4) Opening and creating access to education for the poor; and (5) Becoming responsible contributors to society. With the challenges, Fr. Zabala stressed that the University must be guided by, remain focused on and not lose sight of the vision – to be “a leading institution in education for social transformation”. Thus, he enjoined the community: (1) to keep NDU a bastion of Care and Compassion–our university was born out of compassion; (2) to shape our young—to focus not only on personal advancement and economic gain but also on social responsibility and transmission of the right cultural values and practices so that education at NDU achieves more meaning and traction; (3) to let interreligious dialogue and intercultural relations, peace and development, solidarity and communion, justice, peace, reconciliation be part of the university’s instruction, research and extension; and finally (4) to let NDU be an institution with a heart.

    In 2018, Government Permit to offer Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) in the Graduate School was granted and the first intake of DBA students started in the First Trimester of Academic Year 2019-2020.

    In June 2019, NDU received its ISO 9001:2015 Certificate from Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB) valid until 2022. The ISO certification process which started in 2017 was a tedious one given that the scope is “the provision of quality education from Basic Education to Post-Graduate Program and other institutional support processes”.

    Also in 2019, Fr. Zabala, the University President, and Engr. Emmanuel Martinez, the Faculty and Employees Union President, signed the Collective Bargaining Agreement which would cover from 2019-2024.

    NDU considered School Year 2019-2020 a PAASCU Year. The Elementary Training Department had a Resurvey Visit in August 2019 and was given reaccreditation by the PAASCU for five years (2019-2024). In December, the Elementary and Secondary Education, Business Education and Arts and Sciences Programs had their Resurvey Visit for Level 3 reaccreditation.

    This school year, on the 71st anniversary of NDU as a higher education institution and Golden Anniversary as a University, it is notable that the University became the venue and host of the different activities of the Notre Dame Educational Association (NDEA); namely, NDEA General Assembly, NDEA Junior High School Area Meet, the 1st NDEA Senior High School Area Meet and later in 2020, the NDEA Tertiary Meet.

    In December 2019, the news of two topnotchers in the Licensure Examination for Teachers ranking 4th and 10th nationwide inspired the community giving Notre Dame University seven national licensure examination topnotchers in Law, Nursing, Engineering and Education in a span of one decade.

    The news added more luster to the very fine performance of NDU graduates in national licensure examinations.

    The College of Law for two consecutive years reached the semifinals of ABS-CBN’s ANC Square Off, the V&A Law Debates winning over highly-regarded teams like San Beda University and Ateneo de Manila University.

    Notre Dame University presses on with its efforts of striving to be a leading institution for social transformation in Mindanao. With accredited programs by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), NDU moves forward with intensified Faith, Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Service (FIRES) in its efforts to deliver quality education and services to its stakeholders.

    As the first and oldest higher education institution in Cotabato City and the former Empire Province of Cotabato, NDU continuously endeavors to produce authentic persons and professionals of competence, conscience and compassionate commitment. NDU stands symbolically as a capstone of the mission of the Oblates’ love for and solidarity with the people in their mission. As a center of academics par excellence, NDU shines as the beacon light that welcomes the dawn of the twenty-first century. With its thrust, dedication and authentic service, the University will always keep pace with the growing demands of time for the greater glory of God under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother, Our Lady, Notre Dame.

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Our Vision
Committed to excellence and guided by the charism of St. Eugene de Mazenod, Notre Dame University is a pioneer Catholic Oblates of Mary Immaculate educational institution in Central Mindanao.
Our Strategy
Enhanced performance in an enabling environment driven by
student-centeredness and inspired by our core values.

Our Mission
  1. to develop graduates who are locally and globally competitive.
  2. to form persons with social conscience and responsibility.
  3. to foster a culture of peace and dialogue of faiths and cultures.
  4. to facilitate community empowerment for total human development especially among the poor.
  5. to promote holistic institutional growth.
  6. and finally, to nurture a community of internal stakeholders and external partners valuing and sharing this vision and working towards its attainment.

Our University Thrust

Transforming Formation, Instruction, Research, Extension and Sustainability (F.I.R.E.S.) through Faith, Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Service (F.I.R.E.S.)

Our Core Values

Faith, Integrity, Respect, Excellence, Service

Our Strategic Directions and Goals
  1. Holistic and Inclusive Formation.
  2. Academic Leadership.
  3. Quality Research.
  4. Intergroup Relations and Inclusive Development.
  5. Sustainability, Productivity, and Growth.

Institutional Graduate
Attributes and Outcomes

Leads, inspires, advocates and creates positive change towards a common vision for social transformation.

Believes in God and His teachings, lives the values of faith, integrity, respect, excellence and service, and upholds justice, peace and integrity of creation for the glory of God.

Promotes culture sensitivity and intergroup relations, and analyzes problems and issues to generate solutions for peace and development.

Demonstrates competence, resilience, resourcefulness and innovativeness, and generates new knowledge, ideas, designs and solutions in accordance with professional and global standards for the development of the society

Demonstrates analytical and critical thinking, and communicates ideas, perspectives and advocacies effectively, efficiently and confidently using a language appropriate to cultures and situations

NDU Quality Policy

Notre Dame University commits to the holistic development of its students by providing quality formation, instruction, research and extension programs - that they become transformative leaders, peace advocates and communicators; God-centered/Value Laden and globally competent to contribute to the social transformation of Mindanao.

We shall continuously improve our systems and processes to ensure operational efficiency and productivity by assessing the needs of our internal and external stakeholders and realities of our environment and complying with the standards set by regulating bodies.

The NDU Seal

The University Coat of Arms signifies:

Oblate Mission in Cotabato City

The smaller upper compartment of the escutcheon is equally divided into:

The upper side, superimposed with the coat of arms of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the congregation that founded the University, is a field of blue, symbolic of Mary Immaculate to whom the Oblates of Mary Immaculate congregation was dedicated by its founder.

The Cross of the OMI coat of arms is the cross of the Catholic faith.

The left side of the upper compartment depicts a stone fort in white field symbolizing the city of Cotabato, the seat of Notre Dame University.

Oblate Mission in Cotabato City

The main section of the escutcheon consists of twenty-one green and white stripes superimposed at the center with an open book lighted by a torch.

The twenty-one stripes represent the years Notre Dame had been a college before it earned University status.

Green and white are the official colors of the University symbolizing peace and hope within its sway.

The open book with the burning torch symbolizes the mission of the University to spread the light of faith and the knowledge of truth for social transformation.

Inscribed in the book is the OMI motto "Evangelizare Pauperibus Misit Me Pauperes Evangelizantur" (He is sent to share the good news with the poor. The poor are being evangelized.)

Faith, Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Service

Above the shield are five stars standing for the University's core values of Faith, Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Service.

Overarching the stars is "Sedes Sapientiae" (Seat of Wisdom), one of the many titles attributed to Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady, the Notre Dame, patroness of the University.

Board of Trustees


Provincial Superior
Oblate Philippine Province



Notre Dame University



Notre Dame of Jolo College



Notre Dame of Midsayap College



Notre Dame of Greater Manila



Member - Oblate Provincial Council
Scholasticate Superior,Our Lady of the Assumptions Scholasticate



Member - Oblate Provincial Council
Chief Executive Officer, Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation

Corporate Secretary


Member - Oblate Provincial Council
Director, Notre Dame of Kulaman, Inc.



Member - Oblate Provincial Council
Parochial Vicar & Comptroller, Shrine of Our Lady of Grace Parish



District Superior, Cotabato District



Pelaez Law Office


Administrative Team - S.Y. 2020-2021

Fr. Francis Efren C. Zabala, OMI D.Min.

University President


Ms. Grace R. Talamillo
Assistant to the President

Fr. Rodel F. Lopez, OMI
Director for Integrated School Management Information System (ISMIS)

Fr. Rizalde T. Orola, OMI
Director for Formation and Mission/University Chaplain

Mr. Joseph P. Fernandez
Director for Social Development/Alumni Affairs

Ms. Ma. Suzette N. Lao
Coordinator, Institutional Affairs


Fr. Herberto C. Villas, OMI
Vice President for Finance and Administration

Ms. Ma. Rosario m. Echavez
University Treasurer

Ms. Honelyn b. Bendijo
University Accountant

Ms. Elsa c. Tamse
Director, Human Resource Management (HRM)

Ms. Marichu A. Jaromay
Coordinator - Information and Communications Technology

Ms. Nenette s. Martinez
Coordinator, Logistics

Ms. Roseanna l. Cabacungan
Director, Physical Facilities and Safety and Security (PFASS)

Ms. Virginia B. Carzo
Coordinator - Canteen and Auxiliary Services


Dr. Delma A. Yuarata
Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA)

Dr. Maria Araceli C. Juliano
Dean - Graduate School (GS)

Atty. Hamlet M. Pahm
Dean - College of Law (CoL)

Dr. Nancy Alombro
Dean - College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Dr. Edgard R. Cabales
Dean - College of Education (CED)

Dr. Ronald G. Mamaril
Dean - College of Business and Accountancy (CBA)

Dr. Raymond G. Mamaril
Dean - College of Engineering and Computer Studies (CEnCS)

Prof. Norma C. Salgado
Dean - College of Health Sciences (CHS)

Dr. Zahra I. Cerafica
Program Head, Humanities/Languages/Philosophy Department

Prof. Angelita R. Sandro
Program Head, Natural/Social Sciences/Math Department

Prof. Christian Joy M. Silang
Program Head - Accountancy Department

Dr. Mary Ann R. Pasaje
Program Head, Business Education Department

Dr. Edwin L. Apawan
Program Head - Professional Education/Physical Education

Engr. Audrey B. Aba
Program Head, Civil Engineering/ Electronics Engineerin

Engr. Danilo C. Padas
Program Head, Electrical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering Department

Engr. Joehaima K. Jul
Program Head, Computer Engineering/Computer Studies Department

Dr. Mary Jane K. Balawag
Program Head - Professional Nursing

Prof. Gina C. Dayrit
Clinical Coordinator - Nursing

Prof. Renalyn Notario
Level 1 Coordinator - Nursing

Prof. Hazel Cayena
Level 2 Coordinator - Nursing

Dr. Elvira A. Baquial
Level 3 Coordinator - Nursing

Prof. Joyce C. Bisnar
Level 4 Coordinator - Nursing

Prof. Evelyn A. Cedeño
University Registrar

Prof. Jennifer C. Narreto
Assistant - University Registrar

Prof. Ariel C. Ponce
Director, University Research and Publication Center (URPC)

Dr. Ma. Theresa P. Llano
Dean - Student Affairs and Services (SAS)

Prof. Carmencita Teresa C. Cang
Director, Guidance and Testing Center (GTC)

Ms. Charlyn S. Tacan
Director, Learning Resource Center (LRC)

Prof. Martina P. Tagacay
Coordinator, Learning Management System (LMS), PAASCU and ISA


Prof. Rodeliza A. Jamih
Director for Basic Education/Principal, Junior High School (JHS)

Prof. Maria Schenette R. Briones
Principal - ETD

Dr. Danilo D. Caburnay
Principal - SHS

Ms. Katherine G. Suminguit
Assistant Principal - JHS

Mr. Noel A. Reponte
Asst. Principal - SHS