Southwestern University is probably the only school in the Philippines that started operation in summer. It was founded as Southwestern Colleges in the summer of 1946 when the country was still reeling from the destruction of the Second World War. The Founders were Don Matias Hipolito Chavez Aznar, II and his wife Doña Anunciacion Barcenilla Aznar, both pharmacists.
The country then was in the process of rehabilitation, and the philanthropic couple saw the difficulty of the masses in the pursuit of an education that was disrupted by war. Therefore, they decided on establishing a school within the reach of the common people.
At the time of the founding, the University had only three two-story buildings on an approximately two hectare lot. But then there were only 18 faculty members, 509 students and the following programs: Elementary, High School, Liberal Arts, Education and Law.
Today, Southwestern University offers over 50 degree programs in the graduate and undergraduate levels, with an enrolment of more than 10 thousand. It has increased to more than 400 faculty members and more than 400 non-teaching personnel. Impressive buildings have replaced the old structures and the land area has increased several-fold.
In addition to its more than 20 colleges, the University includes a tertiary hospital, a drug rehabilitation center, and a multimilion peso museum that gives a quick look at Cebuano art and lifestyle from the pre-historic era to modern times.
Since its acquisition of the University status in 1959, Southwestern University has maintained its thrust for academic excellence and continues to strive for the accreditation of its programs. In 1994, the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools , Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), a prestigious accrediting agency in the Philippines, granted formal
accreditation to the College of Nursing, the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. Four colleges – the College of Commerce, the College of Pharmacy, the College of Engineering and the College of Computer Studies have already passed the preliminary survey. Other colleges are being prepared for the same survey.
Our university town provides an unparallel educational experience of a lifetime.
We are recognized as the leader in medical, paramedical, teacher education, business and entrepreneurship, information technology and research are relevant proficiency. Our academic programs, curricula and research are relevant to the needs of the industry.
Our competent, dedicated and motivated professionals promote synergy in the pursuit of sustainable growth and development. Our proud alumni are our life long partners in a global network. They are instrumental to our success and the fulfillment of our social responsibility. We forge partnership with like-minded institutions.
These results in lasting rewarding relationships that offer global competitiveness to our students and faculty. We inspire our students to achieve their fullest potential and provide tangible opportunities to shape their destiny.
Four air-conditioned rooms complete with sound system and audio-visual facilities are used for lectures and conferences, two with seating capacity of 100 each and two with 50 each.
Six air-conditioned rooms are provided for the small group discussions and tutorial sessions typically conducted in the Problem-Based Learning methodology. Computers with Internet access are available in each tutorial room.
A total of 60 computer workstations are available for student’s academic purposes and a total of 19 computers for both academic and operations use are conveniently located. Majority of these are provided with Internet access.
An air-conditioned Instrument Room is maintained where delicate and sophisticated instruments are kept for the use of students in Biochemistry.
This room serves as a preparation room for histology and gross anatomy sessions. It is also available for department meetings.
Complete audio-visual facilities equip the Audio-Visual Room, such as television sets, VHS, VCD player, computers, and various types of projectors, i.e., LCD, overhead, slide and microscope projectors. This is also where various anatomical models are put on display.
With their corresponding stock rooms, all laboratories are equipped with adequate basic facilities for pursuing the requirements of the laboratory courses in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology, Parasitology, and Preventive Medicine.
The Health Sciences Library is located on the third floor of the Our Lady of Lourdes Hall and has updated books, journals, and references, which enrich the student’s studies and research.The library is open on weekdays and Saturdays, with the following schedule:
The medical library occupies about half of the third floor of the Lourdes Hall or University Library building and to date has the following:Books of 4,103 Titles, 5,881 Volumes, Periodicals 227 Titles Hard Copies, 289 Titles Electronic Journals
Southwestern University provides separate hostel facilities for boys and girls. The hostels are well equipped with A/C, Study Table, Kitchen utility items and cots with mattresses
PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS :
College of Law
College of Medicine
Graduate School Doctoral Program
Graduate School Masteral Program
College of Dentistry
College of Medical Technology
College of Nursing
College of Optometry
College of Pharmacy
College of Physical Therapy
College of Veterinary Medicine
College of Arts & Sciences
College of Computer Studies
College of Criminology
College of Education
College of Engineering
School of Business
5.5 years MD program equivalent to M.B.B.S
First part is called the Bachelor of Science and the duration is for 16 months.
During this period the students should take part in NMAT tests (This test is to check their knowledge and shall be 3 times a year)
Then the MD program runs for another 4 years.
Note: Taking NMAT test is compulsory to get into the medical program.
You can send the Request for application form from our website.
Intake for 16 months / 2 years is open for June and November.
The University has been collaborating with the World Federation for Medical Education, with the World Health Organization (WHO), with UNESCO, with the British Council, with the United States Agency for International Development, with the American International Health Alliance, and participating in a wide range of joint international research projects.
Nowadays about 6300 (8000 with PG) students study at the faculties. University buildings and clinics are provided with up-to-date equipment, and other modern appliances. There are 63 departments, 27 of them are clinical based in the best clinics of the city, more than 150 research and educational institutions function in RostSMU.
The University is recognized by WHO (World Health Organization), ECFMG (USA), Medical Council of India (as per MCI Rules). Rost.SMU is member of AMSE (Association of Medical Schools of Europe). After passing degree from Rost.SMU students are eligible for USMLE (USA) or PLUB(UK)Exams.
All our graduates apply their knowledge and skills acquired at the University in the field of healthcare. All the Rost.SMU graduates pass different certification exams when applying for jobs at clinical establishments of any country of the world – from Europe to Australia. Now more than 1000s of graduates are working abroad, many of the students have defended the PhD in foreign universities and scientific centers (Norway, Sweden, Poland, Germany and Finland).We are proud of our former medical students working in many clinics all around the world. At present our scientists including the young ones collaborate with leading experts from the European Universities and clinics as equals, take part in the international scientific projects and they are among the experts of the World health Organization.
Application and Visa :
The student can apply in any of one the following options:
Option 1 : Fill In the Online Application Form
Option 2 : Download the Application form given in the Downloads page
Print it, Fill it and send us a scanned copy by email email@example.com
1. Once we get your application we shall write back to you with questions , comments and
2. We submit Your Application to the admission committee for international students of
3. The University will give us the instruction as to accept the application or reject it.
4. If the University instructs to proceed with the admission of student we intimate you.
5. We do all the formalities and send you the acceptance letter from the University.
6. The students remits the tuition fee to the university account directly
7. Once the student transfers the tuition fee then he/she shall pay the processing fee to
our Malaysia account. [This shall be Intimated to you in the form of an Invoice]
8. Once the acceptance letter is given to the student the student has to submit his
9. Then the student applies for the visa in the nearest Embassy/ Consulate of Philippines
in your country.
11. The visa is issued and you notify us of the student’s date of journey.
12. The student travels to Philippines to the nearest airport to the University.
13. University officials and our officials shall be there in the airport to receive the student.
14. He/She is put in hostel of the university.
15. The next day the student pays the tuition fee to the international student department
and joins the course.
16. If the student has any problems, our officials are there 24 hours to help the student.