About Us




The Ateneo School of Government (ASOG) was established in 1996 as the public sector arm of the Graduate School of Business until it became an autonomous school unit of the Ateneo de Manila University in 2001. Its main purpose is to provide an institutional vehicle for the development of public servants and a forum for dialogue and partnership among government, private, non-government, and people’s organizations.
It has been the School’s long term mission to work with effective and ethical public servants to build prosperous and just communities throughout the Philippines, thus, becoming a very productive institution for graduate education, training and technical assistance in the field of leadership and public service.

At the inset, the School creates an environment that fosters the development of new ideas, concepts and methods. Focusing on results, it facilitates a learning process where theory and practice are joined, and where wisdom of the classroom interacts with world of policy decision and action.

ASOG also draws form the intellectual resources of the various academic units of the University as well as from its many years of social apostolate and interaction with country’s decision- makers and basic sectors of society.



With our partners, the Ateneo School of Government will work for a Philippines of prosperous, sustainable, just and happy communities enabled and empowered by democratic, participatory, transparent and accountable governance institutions and processes.

  •  Helping to build the country community by community, municipality by municipality, city by city, province by province, until the School establishes learning and capacity building partnerships with 1,000 local government units (a critical mass of 60 percent of local governments in the country) Linking islands of good governance -- an explicit strategy to link effective and ethical leaders throughout the country;
  •  Stimulating public demand for reform, a 'demand-side' strategy based on experiencing good governance at the local level;
  •  Encouraging the emergence of new national leaders by training and giving support to promising executives from local governments; and,
  •  Working with national institutions and organizations becausegovernance innovations at the national level can have a direct impact on enabling local governments to create wealth and deliver basic services.



Our Home: Pacifico Ortiz Hall
Ortiz Hall was named after Fr. Pacifico Ortiz, S.J., the first Filipino president of the Ateneo de Manila University. Formerly known as the Center for Social Policy (CSP) Building, the hall is the newly renovated home of ASoG.

Knowledge and Practice Areas
The School has distinct competencies in the following knowledge and practice areas:
Leadership and Governance Climate Change and Environment
Politics Social Accountability
Poverty Social Entrepreneurship


About the Dean

The newly appointed Dean, Dr. Ronald U. Mendoza, is a well traveled development professional. He has an extensive background in international development policy and international cooperation, with a resume that includes work with the United Nations (UN), the Asian Institute of Management and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
The Ateneo Professional Schools

The other Graduate Schools that provide formative education to professionals who are already engaged in nation-building:

Graduate School of Business
Law School
School of Medicine and Public Health