Philosophy of Education

Educational Philosophy of Holy Name University

Holy Name University provides relevant Catholic education and holistic development of the learners. It provides general education that equips them with prerequisite knowledge, skills, and values necessary in coping with more specialized academic and school tasks. The general education is coordinated with professional and specialization education that develops highly competent professionals that provide leadership for the nation, advance knowledge through research and apply new knowledge for improving the quality of life.

In its effort to mold servant-leaders by providing education, both outcomes-based and performance-based, the University adheres to the constructivist-humanist perspective. Being constructivist, it views that learners are active processors of information. This instructional delivery makes use of learner-centered strategies which promote independent learning through discovery. Teachers who act as guides plan and arrange activities in such a way that learners demonstrate critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and character.

To promote discovery learning, instruction is coordinated with research not only to promote the development of problem-solving skills in formulation, generalization, testing, and gathering information but also to enrich instruction. Believing in the importance of structuring/organizing knowledge, the university trains learners to convert data into useful information in different contexts.

Being humanist, the university considers the needs, interests, and readiness of learners in planning and delivery of instruction. The curriculum is organized in a spiral progression so that learners can build upon what they have already learned and what is interesting to them. Delivery of the curricular program considers the learners’ experiences and prior knowledge which make them willing, prepared, and able to learn. The learning environment is thought of as a space for the exchange of ideas which are expressions of the learners’ objective and principled interpretation of the world.

The University’s instructional practices are based on a framework that provides concrete evidence of the learning outcomes of students. They apply and construct new knowledge and innovatively come up with products and projects that benefit the community and strongly internalize values that the community can emulate.


Outcomes-Based Education (OBE)

The Outcomes-based Education Framework of Holy Name University anchors primarily on its Vision of trailblazing excellence in educating servant leaders.  Hand in hand with this vision is its mission, which is the pursuit of the highest standards of innovative instruction, research, and community service.  These, along with the Core Values of the University, scaffold the entire framework from which outcomes are formulated, teaching-learning support systems are provided, monitoring and assessment are conducted, and influencers are considered to attain the University’s quest for continuous provision of quality instruction in higher education. 

The constructive alignment between and among the course, program, and institutional outcomes shows that the formulation and subsequent achievement thereof contribute to the attainment of the University’s Vision in a coherent manner.  The achievement of these outcomes is seen and measured through the University’s graduates.   Thus, teaching and learning methods, coupled with a conducive learning environment supported by state-of-the-art facilities, are provided.  A comprehensive faculty development program also ensures that the teaching and learning methods and activities are delivered by competent faculty members.  Clear indicators specify the targets and standards which determine the attainment of the institutional, program, and course outcomes.  Internal and external quality assurance elements provide bases for the University’s timely response to make herself relevant to stakeholder needs and demands, as well as, assurance to the attainment of her objectives of topnotch excellence and education.

The framework presents a seamless cyclical process to show the University’s continuing initiatives for quality improvement.


HNU Graduate Attributes and Outcomes

A Holynamian is expected to acquire and demonstrate outcomes that contribute to the attainment of the University’s Vision, Mission, and Goals.

Institutional Graduate Attributes (IGA)

Institutional Graduate Outcomes (IGO)

Competent and Service-driven Professionals

  • Demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills required for effective professional practice in the field of specialization, aligned with current developments and needs.
  • Generate ideas and information with resourcefulness, imagination, aesthetic judgment, and risk-taking approach to meet current and emerging needs of society
  • Create products and/or services responsive to the needs of the intended beneficiaries.
  • Use innovative methods and technologies to make decisions and solve problems.
  • Compose various texts to convey meaningful information across all modes and media
  • Practice interpersonal skills in order to communicate effectively and confidently in multi-cultural settings

Life Long Learners

  • Participate in various learning contexts to develop a sense of responsibility and the value of service-orientedness.
  • Process varied experiences to gain new insights for personal, professional and spiritual transformations.

Socially and Morally Responsible Stewards of God’s Creation

  • Develop and implement strategies and program of actions to responsibly manage natural resources.
  • Develop understanding and mastery of the fundamental knowledge and practices related to moral and communal living in dealing with culturally diverse audiences
  • Live the values as Holynamians in practicing one’s profession and in witnessing to the teachings of Christ.