An innovative Philippine business institution, PHINMA always looks for ways to help Filipinos attain better lives. In 2004, they realized that investing in education was key to fully accomplishing their mission.

Overall enrolment figures in the country have always been high. Despite this, attrition rates remained high and consistent. Out of four students who enter first grade, only one will go on to finish a tertiary degree. Learning about these statistics lead PHINMA’s leaders to realize that they could fulfill their mission by helping improve the country’s state of education. With this in mind, they entered the education field to introduce reforms and innovations. In 2004, PHINMA Education was born.

Araullo University in 2004.

PHINMA Araullo University in 2018.

Cagayan de Oro College in 2005.

PHINMA Cagayan de Oro College in 2018.

University of Pangasinan in 2009.

PHINMA University of Pangasinan in 2018.

University of Iloilo in 2009.

PHINMA University of Iloilo in 2018.

Southwestern University in 2016.

Southwestern University PHINMA in 2018.


For more than a decade, PHINMA built its reputation on transforming existing educational institutions to better serve Filipino students. PHINMA Education begins this process by strategically selecting a school from a key growth area and thoroughly transforming its academics,  operations, and student community in order to ensure success for Filipino youth coming from low-income families.


What was once an initial venture with Araullo University in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija a little over a decade ago, has become a network of schools composed of six secondary and tertiary educational institutions, including Araullo University, Cagayan de Oro College, University of Pangasinan, University of Iloilo, and Southwestern University. Its latest school, St. Jude College of Manila, is its first foray based in Metro Manila.


PHINMA Education is committed to serving the marginal youth in the Philippines through a “bare bones, no frills, brass knuckles” strategy. We keep our tuition fees low and affordable and focus on developing and innovating the most important elements for learning: proper classrooms and facilities, learning techniques and materials, and a great faculty. We do not drive our faculty to publish; instead we demand they teach well.

We also utilize the same systems, processes and staff in an efficient and centralized system of backroom services such as accounting, HR, and IT. Our belief is simple, every peso saved allows us to keep our fees low and our education accessible.


We also offer a 50 percent subsidy to our already-low tuition fees to the most marginalized among the youth, through our Handog Kaibigan Scholarship Program. At present, more than a third of our entire college student population is receiving this scholarship.

Through these efforts, we are able to provide accessible, quality education to low-income Filipino youth and make them highly-skilled and employable. Because of its solid reputation, PHINMA education was able to grow enrolment numbers exponentially. Enrolment figures have grown from 6,000 in 2004 to more than 60,000 in 2018.

Most importantly, PHINMA was able to make students feel more valuable by equipping them with the necessary professional skills and attitudes to succeed and improve their and their families’ standard of living.


Currently, PHINMA Education is managing and operating seven secondary and tertiary schools all over the Philippines and one in Myanmar.

Due to the success of its first four schools, PHINMA Education took its mission further by expanding its market and introducing innovations in education through Southwestern University in Cebu.

PHINMA Education also runs PHINMA Training Center in Yangon, Myanmar, thus fulfilling their mission of making lives better through education, not just in the Philippines, but in Southeast Asia as well.


The impact of our work is seen in the lives of our students and their families. Read stories of transformation and hope through our #PHINMAEdStories series through our Facebook page.

"College is the key to your dream even if your dream is not yet within reach."

When his father – who would sell balut and taho to support the family – passed away, he made Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija’s Freedom Park home for most of his high school years.

"My mother told me, 'In the future, I want your children to be proud of you because you were able to finish college.

When she's not holding a pen and paper to study, Hazel is holding nail clippers and polishes - busy doing other people's nails on Sundays so she can earn more for her daily allowance. She also designs tarpaulins and sells butter cakes on the side.

"Age doesn't matter in learning a good lesson."

Ever since she was young, finishing college to make her family's life better is her ultimate dream. Because they're poor, she has to look for other opportunities that can provide immediate help to her family.

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