The University of Asia and the Pacific Foundation, Inc. was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a private, non-stock, non-profit academic institution on November 25, 1969 under the name Southeast Asian Science Foundation, Inc. as Center for Research and Communication (CRC). It was established as a private think tank that conducted economic and social research and offered graduate courses in economics. It was then later amended to become University of Asia and the Pacific Foundation, Inc. (UA&P) on August 15, 1995 and gradually expanded its educational activities to other fields and was granted University Status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd). Its campus is located at Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The university has 305 regular staff, 5 project-based staff, 167 part-time staff, 172 regular volunteers and 15 members of the Board of Trustees.
It was first certified for 3 years on June 17, 2003 which ended on June 16, 2006. On its first renewal, it was certified for 5 years on June 6, 2007 which ended on December 5, 2012. Another 5 years was given on December 10, 2012 which ended on November 23, 2017.
The University of Asia and the Pacific is an academic community of higher learning that offers some of the most outstanding academic programs in Asia. All programs of study at UA&P are grounded in liberal education, which prepares students for their specific specialization by giving them a well-rounded education that cultivates genuine intellectual discipline—a prerequisite to acquiring any specialized knowledge.
An intrinsic part of education in UA&P is mentoring, through which the University’s interdisciplinary offering of knowledge, skills, and values is reinforced through regular, confidential conversations between the student and his or her mentor. The formation of UA&P students is facilitated by an environment conducive to learning, qualified and dedicated teachers, a superior faculty-to-student ratio, and well-maintained facilities.
The PACUCOA granted Level 1 up to level 3 accreditation for its different programs. The University was also granted by CHEd its autonomous status in May 2017.