The Universidad de Manila (UDM), formerly known as City College of Manila, was established in 1995 pursuant to Ordinance No. 7885 enacted by the City Council of Manila. It is one of the two locally funded universities of the City Government of Manila. 

UDM was then located in the old 12-storey Philippine National Bank (PNB) Building in Sta. Cruz, Manila. Today, the main campus of the University stands at the heart of the Mehan Garden adjacent to the Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila City Library, and the Light Rail Transit Central Terminal. Apart from its main campus, the University maintains an annex building at Escolta, Sta. Cruz. 

For more than 20 years, UDM has remained committed to providing free quality education to the City’s less privileged but intellectually deserving scholars. In return, UDM students and alumni have been consistent in upholding their academic excellence as well as in achieving a positive impact in the lives of people they inspire and serve in whatever field of endeavor they wish to pursue. 

With its continuous progress and development, the Universidad de Manila community is confident of broadening its horizons towards producing globally competitive graduates, faculty, and staff.


In the logo, the book symbolizes knowledge, intelligence and the innate ability of the students to communicate.

The leaves, Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea or “nilad”, represents  the city’s humble beginnings as well as the University’s broad programs consistent with educational policies, standards and goals of the City of Manila.

Finally, the round shape represents the university’s never ending commitment to developing the underprivileged but deserving youth of Manila.  


The name, a combination of “mer” meaning the sea and “lion”, symbolizes the simplicity, tolerance and patience of the students in the pursuit of a better future.