Ateneo de Manila school opening in August starting 2015

Starting 2015, the school opening at Ateneo de Manila University will be in August and closing will be in May of the following year.

The university says the academic calendar shift was approved by its Board of Trustees on February 5, 2014.

Ateneo de Manila August school opening

The following is Ateneo’s news item on the subject:

Shift in the academic calendar approved
February 6, 2014 at 8:57am

The Board of Trustees of the Ateneo de Manila University, at its February 5, 2014 meeting, approved the academic calendar shift from June-March to August-May effective school year 2015-2016 for the Loyola Schools and the Professional Schools.

The academic calendar shift is among the initiatives to be undertaken by the Ateneo de Manila University in response to the increasingly globalized world.

According to University President Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ, “Ateneo needs to ensure that our graduates develop a global outlook and global competencies so that they can navigate a more complex, interconnected world and contribute towards resolving global concerns.” The academic calendar shift will align the Ateneo de Manila schedule to more than 80% of its current university partners overseas and more than at 70% of all universities around the world. This will facilitate mobility among students and faculty members and collaborative academic programs and research.

The proposal results from an internal study and intensive consultations over the last eight months. Faculty members, administrators, students, staff, parents and employers participated in a series of consultation meetings, focus group discussions and/or survey. The Commission on Higher Education was informed of the process. The various stakeholder groups by and large supported the initiative.

Notwithstanding the broad support of the community, there remain concerns and adjustments to be addressed to ensure a smooth transition. Among these is the timing of the licensure exams particularly in law, medicine and electronics engineering. “We are dedicating one and a half years to work through these concerns thoroughly and systematically. We are confident that we will be ready by 2015,” Villarin said.

Ateneo Grade School and High School will remain in the June to March academic calendar. For them, no shift in the academic calendar is currently being considered.

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