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The University of the Immaculate Conception was founded in 1905 by the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM). It started as a parochial school, "St. Peter's Parochial School" with only the primary and intermediate courses offered.

When the high school opened in 1934, the school assumed the name "Immaculate Conception Academy" and by 1938, the first batch of high school students graduated. By then, the school had been re-named "Immaculate Conception Institute".

As World War II broke out in 1941, the school closed and was re-opened five years later. The school received government recognition for the high school level in 1947. A year later, the school was named "Immaculate Conception College (ICC)" which then offered initial two collegiate courses namely: Collegiate Secretarial and Pharmacy.

In the fifties, from 1951-1958, Immaculate Conception College (ICC) opened additional courses: BS in Education, BS in Home Economics, BS in Music, and BS in Elementary Education.

With the increasing enrollment and the demand for more courses, the following programs were added in 1961-62, namely: Liberal Arts, BS Commerce, and BS Medical Technology.

In 1969, the Grade and High School Departments were moved to ICC's new site at Fr. Selga St. and followed by the College Department in 1971. Three more courses were then added namely: BS Chemistry, Pharmacy Aide, and BS in Nutrition and Dietetics.

In 1983-1986, four more courses were opened: Cafeteria Management, BS in Civil Engineering, MA in Theology, and MA in Elementary Education. It was in the nineties (90's) when Immaculate Conception College (ICC) was challenged to become more responsive to the needs of Davao that more scientific and technological courses were opened, namely; BS Computer Engineering, BS Electronics and Communication Engineering, and BS Computer Science.

The graduate school picked up its pace and added more courses especially when Fund Assistance for Private Education (FAPE) identified ICC as one of the training centers of its scholars for Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering. The additional courses opened were: MA in Educational Management, MA in Values Education, MA in Teaching College Physics, MA in Teaching College Chemistry, and MA in Engineering Education.

It was on May 1, 1992 when DECS Secretary Dr. Isidro Cariño granted ICC the University Status. It took the name "University of the Immaculate Conception". The school was then 87 years old.

The University ushers in the 3rd millenium, (year 2000) answering the needs and challenges of the time. Additional courses were offered in the Graduate School namely; Master of Science in Pharmacy (MSP), Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) and Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM). The College Department opened new courses; Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Bachelor of Science in Information Management in response to the fast advancing information and communication technology of the present global society.

To maximize the utilization of information through communication technology, the university launched an "E-LEARNING PROGRAM" - a web-based learning program serving all departments/sections of the university. It is a network of services to create, deliver and facilitate learning-teaching process whether inside or outside the traditional classrooms.

Together with the launching of E-Learning program is the putting up of the state-of-the-art facility for Information Technology Research Zone (ITRZ). It is a modern computer, information technology and communication laboratory. The installation and use of these facilities are aimed at providing UIC students with the best training on computer, science, engineering and communication technology. It also offers short-term courses on computer literacy, creative global exploration hub (Internet), AutoCAD, and video-conferencing.

Another most significant highlight for year 2000 was the transfer of the Grade School and High School Departments to a beautiful, sprawling 7-hectare UIC Bajada campus. It has its own new, majestic and imposing 3-storey building complete with facilities. There are the air-conditioned auditorium, audio-visual/conference room, library, computer, science laboratories and a gymnasium. A very wide playground and a chapel provide the pupils an opportunity to grow physically, psychologically and spiritually.

The University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC) has accepted the challenge to lead in humanities, science and technology in a globalized society. It is her desire to give Christian and quality education, be relevant to the demands of the time and achieve its vision of a transformed society where persons live their dignity as children of God.

The RVM Community

  • The religious community, called the beaterio, becomes a center for spiritual enlightment of yndias, mestizas and even Spanish women of nobility at the time when women are denied of education, political power and a chance to be equal to men in the hispanized society. Despite wars, revolutions and suppression brought about by a patriachal society, the beaterio flourishes until the present time when the religious community takes the form of the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM).

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