The tradition of holistic education is rooted in eloquentia, the power to touch hearts and transform lives, and sapientia, the ability to order things as a whole, a many-splendored totality where there is a place for everything and everything is in its place. This is achieved through student-centered learning where we place the student in the heart of instruction. It is teaching that facilitates active participation and independent inquiry, and seeks to instill among students the joy of learning inside and outside the classroom.
John Gokongwei School of Management Business Accelerator Program (JGSOMBA)
The JGSOMBA is a university-based business incubator that is an experiential learning laboratory at the forefront of university-based entrepreneurial education. It supports student entrepreneurship by helping students set up their own businesses even while still in school. By undergoing a one-year enterprise development program, successful graduate of the JGSOMBA have developed products that are sold at a number of large commercial establishments and supermarket chains.
JGSOM Student Enterprise Center (JSEC)
The JSEC is a strip of mall that not only puts students inside the kitchen of food stalls but allows them to experience the rigors of running a business in real-world entrepreneurship. Here, only students of the Ateneo, whose business plans pass the screening conducted by the Dean’s Office of the JGSOM and are able to accomplish all required government permits, are allowed to occupy stalls and set up their businesses.
Ateneo Cultural Laboratory (ACL)
The Ateneo Cultural Laboratory is a three-week intensive summer program that trains participants in using sociological and anthropological perspectives and methods in the documentation, interpretation, and analysis of social and cultural assets. It covers a week of classes in field methods, research design and data analysis techniques, and two weeks of fieldwork on a particular community and data processing and analysis. It invites students from all fields of study interested in Philippine culture and society. Previous cultural exposures included Tayabas in Quezon Province, Intramuros, San Juan City, Bohol, and most recently, Kalibo-Boracay in Aklan province.
The Ateneo Innovation Center (AIC)
The crucial difference between research and innovation lies at the heart of the center’s formation, as its concept aims “to enhance the university’s functions of teaching, research and outreach by directing these towards the development of innovative science and technology solutions of challenges in industry and society.”