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Ateneo de Manila University And Fordham University Forge Global Academic Partnership

In a historic collaboration that echoes a century-old bond between Ateneo de Manila University and Fordham University, the John Gokongwei School of Management (JGSOM) at Ateneo and the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham have launched an innovative initiative.

Ateneo de Manila University and Fordham University unite in a groundbreaking academic collaboration, offering students a global journey through the John Gokongwei School of Management and the Gabelli School of Business.

Rooted in the shared legacy of the first American Jesuits arriving in the Philippines in 1921, this partnership aims to create a seamless pathway for students to pursue undergraduate and graduate management education across two esteemed Jesuit institutions.

The JGSOM-Gabelli collaboration offers an accelerated admissions process for qualified students and alumni of Ateneo de Manila University to enroll in specialized Master's programs at the Gabelli School of Business.

These programs include Media Management, Finance, Marketing Intelligence, Business Analytics, Quantitative Finance, and Management.

The mission-aligned curricula of both institutions provide rigorous technical training, exposure to global business practices spanning Asia and the United States, and a holistic personal formation for servant leadership in sustainable development.

The enduring relationship between Ateneo and Fordham is highlighted through shared knowledge, resources, and faculty.

Over the years, distinguished Filipinos, including Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Fr Nemesio Que, SJ and four Philippine presidents, Diosdado Macapagal, Corazon Aquino, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and Benigno Aquino III have received honorary degrees from Fordham.

Ateneo faculty members, including former Deans Ronald Mendoza and Luis Dumlao, hold doctoral degrees from Fordham University.

Dean Roberto Galang of JGSOM expressed pride in the collaboration, emphasizing that many Ateneo alumni have pursued graduate studies at Fordham, attesting to the effectiveness of this educational synergy in shaping impactful careers.

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“Ateneo’s profound ties with Fordham means that many of our alumni, my relatives included, have traditionally gone on to do graduate studies at the university. Their success is a testament to the excellence of this combination of the Ateneo and Fordham educational systems in providing the personal formation required for the careers that are designed to make a positive impact on the world,” remarked Galang.

Dr. Lerzan Aksoy, Dean of the Gabelli School at Fordham University, echoed these sentiments, noting that the initiative represents the culmination of years of friendship and collaboration between the two institutions, geared towards nurturing the next generation of global business leaders.

“This new initiative is the culmination of years of friendship and collaboration between our two institutions. Together, we're harnessing our collective strengths to craft the next generation of global business leaders,” added Aksoy.

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Open to graduating JGSOM students and recent Ateneo alumni, the accelerated application program for Fordham University signals a new chapter in the longstanding partnership.

For further inquiries, individuals are encouraged to contact the Dean's Office at


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