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Southwestern University (Philippines)

The Southwestern University (SWU), officially the Southwestern University PHINMA, is a private university in Cebu City, Philippines founded on 1946 by two pharmacists.

Southwestern University PHINMA
Former names
Southwestern Colleges
MottoScientia Integritas Fidelitas
Motto in English
Science Integrity Fidelity
TypePrivate, Co-educational
FounderMatias Hipolito C. Aznar II and Anunciacion Barcenilla Aznar
ChairmanChito B. Salazar, Ph.D (concurrently President)
Students9,587 (S.Y. 2014–15)
Urgello Street, Cebu City
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Campus2 campuses:
Main Campus
Aznar Coliseum Complex
ColorsMaroon      and      White

It started as Southwestern Colleges in the summer of 1946 and became a university on December 11, 1959. The university and hospital have been acquired by PHINMA Group in 2015. The university was renamed to Southwestern University PHINMA and the hospital from Sacred Heart Hospital to Southwestern University Medical Center. The university changed the logo and closed its South Campus on Basak San Nicolas, Cebu City.


  • Matias H. Aznar II (1946–1958), founder
  • Anunciacion B. Aznar (1958–1968), co-founder
  • Gabino Tabuñar (1968–1973)
  • Matias B. Aznar III (1973–1975, 1978–1980)
  • Julian B. Yballe (1975–1978)
  • Manolo S. Fornolles (1981–1990)
  • Alicia P. Cabatingan (1990–2001)
  • Frances Victoria F. Lumain (2001–2006)
  • Lassi Matti A. Holopainen (2006–2007)
  • Peter S. Aznar (March 2007–June 2007), acting president
  • Eldigario D. Gonzales (2007–2010)
  • Elsa A. Suralta, CESO VI (2010–2013)
  • Noe G. Quiñanola (2013–2014)
  • Chito B. Salazar (2014–present)


Southwestern University is in the south of the City of Cebu, Philippines. The university has two campuses. The main campus is located on Urgello St. and the Aznar Coliseum Complex is on Aznar Road.

The university once has a South Campus (Basak Campus) on E. Sabellano St., Basak San Nicolas, Cebu City which is now closed and has been in operation by another school. The closed South Campus formerly housed the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Elementary and High School Training Departments.

Main CampusEdit

The main campus is the home of the colleges of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, Computer Studies, Criminology, Dentistry, Engineering, Graduate School, Law, Maritime, Medical Technology, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Teachers' College.

The Southwestern Medical Center (formerly Sacred Heart Hospital), Pathology and Biology Museums, Library, Interfaith Chapel, Botanical Garden, and the Administrative Offices are found in the main campus.


Aznar Coliseum ComplexEdit

Located about 50 meters from the main campus, this complex is made up of Aznar Memorial Coliseum, a ballpark, and the Anunciacion B. Aznar building which houses the Pre-Elementary, Elementary Department and High School Departments, the Maritime Regiment, the 540th NROTC Unit, Department of Physical Education and the College of Nursing.

Academic programsEdit

Current programs since PHINMA acquisition (Graduate School inclusive):

  • School of Medicine
  • School of Health & Allied Health Sciences
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of Education (includes Elementary, Junior High School, Senior High School)
  • School of IT & Engineering
  • School of Law & Government
  • Business School
  • School of Design + Communications
  • SWU "Next" Programs

Former programsEdit

Professional programs
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Law
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Optometry
  • Graduate School
    • Doctorate degree programs
    • Master's degree programs
Allied Medical
  • College of Medical Technology
  • College of Radiologic Technology
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Physical Therapy
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
Non-allied Medical
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Computer Studies
  • College of Criminology
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • SWU Maritime Regiment
  • School of Business
Basic Education
  • Pre-school, Elementary, Junior High, Senior High
Continuing Education
  • English Language Program
  • Certified Public Education (CPE)

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