San Beda University was established in 1901 by monks of the Ordo Sancti Benedicti (OSB) or Order of St. Benedict, also known as the Benedictines. Its founder, St. Benedict, is acclaimed as the "Father of Western Monasticism and the “Patron of Europe.” From its inception, the school was dedicated to the cause of Catholic education and the formation of Christian men and women committed to excellence and service of God and country. It is attached to the Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat, founded from the Abbey of Montserrat in Cataluña, Spain.

El Colegio de San Beda in Arlegui Street, Manila

San Beda University as a Catholic educational institution is committed to the Christian formation of the Bedan Community as its service to the Church, the Philippine society, and the world. It envisions itself as a distinguished academic community that transforms its members to become fully human, wholly Christian, truly Filipino, and globally competitive. As its demonstration of commitment to excellence, San Beda has been accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools of Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and is actively engaged in local and international partnerships and linkages.

San Beda College in the present campus in Mendiola St., Manila (taken around 1940's)
The University’s academic programs reflect the preferences of the students including the needs and requirements of the industry. Specifically, San Beda offers doctoral programs in Business Administration, Juridical Science, and Liturgy; graduate programs in Business Administration, Law, Legal Studies, and Liturgy; undergraduate programs in Accountancy, Arts in Literature and English Language, Economics and Public Policy, Entrepreneurship, Human Biology, Financial Management, Human Resource Development Management, Information and Communications Technology, Law, Nursing, Medicine, Operations Management, Legal Management, Marketing Management, Physical Education, Political Science, and Psychology; as well as an Integrated Basic Education from pre-school to senior high school;. These programs are taught by a complement of highly dedicated fulltime and part-time faculty who pursue excellence in the important areas of instruction, research, and community engagement.

San Beda College main gate in the present campus in Mendiola, Manila

Beda University as a community of scholars and innovators, is committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity in the pursuit of knowledge and addressing social, environmental, and economic concerns of our country and the global community, through individual and interdisciplinary research teams funded internally and by the Alumni.

The University also pursues institutionalized, integrative, and comprehensive collaborations with government, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, and local and international networks aligned with its vision-mission-objectives and hallmarks of Benedictine education. Each local, national, and international partnership arrangement is governed by formal agreements stipulating the terms and expected outcomes.

Saint Benedict Hall (inside SBU at present)

San Beda University provides meaningful opportunity for community engagement and voluntarism through extension programs that contribute to the human development of partner communities and their emancipation from various social problems. These programs are well integrated into the curriculum to develop social awareness and concern among faculty and students.

Adequate facilities and resources are available to support teaching, research, and community engagement programs consistent with the University’s strategic and operational plans.

San Beda University main gate (photo taken 2018)