Expanding Xavier Ateneo's post-pandemic learning spaces and opportunities, the new 21-hectare Masterson Campus, named after the late Fr William Masterson SJ, is envisioned to catalyze development in Northern Mindanao with a sustainable and New Normal-ready campus masterplan.
The "Campus of the Future" is characterized by an abundance of space, green areas, wide roads, dedicated bike lanes, campus-wide wireless connectivity, and healthy and adaptable learning facilities for virtual and physical classes.
The project aims to reinvent Xavier Ateneo as a more socially relevant and inclusive learning institution focused on strengthening its colleges and schools, such as Agriculture, Arts & Sciences, Business & Management, Computer Studies, Education, Engineering, Nursing, and Medicine.
The Masterson Campus will blend seamlessly with the adjacent Manresa Town to be developed by Cebu Landmasters, a 14.3-hectare mixed-use university town with generous open spaces providing XU students convenient and safe residential options, easy access to commercial establishments and future-ready offices.
This University Town concept creates strong synergies which will benefit both Xavier Ateneo and the surrounding uptown Kagay-an communities.
The campus development, which will be done in phases, is expected to start in the second quarter of 2022, mindful of the safety health protocols given the current pandemic.
The 21-hectare Campus of the Future will be supplemented by over 25 hectares of surrounding forested areas (protected forests and animal sanctuaries).
“We envision an academically stronger university in this new campus – one that will facilitate learning in the New Normal and at the same time, produce men and women for others that can make relevant contributions to Mindanao,” says Fr Mars P Tan SJ, President of Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan.
The Vatican has finally given its seal of approval for the “Campus of the Future” project of XU after a series of stakeholder consultations, dialogues, and weighing in of pros and cons. The Father Provincial of the Jesuits endorsed the plan to the Superior General of the Jesuits in Rome, whom after careful review and discernment with his counselors, endorsed the plan to the Vatican for its approval. The long wait for the final decision only showed the amount of time devoted by the Church authorities to review and study the project.
“The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, having attentively examined the documents submitted, grants the request in conformity with the petition,” reads the Letter of Approval from the Vatican.∎