Miriam College (MC) began in 1926 when the Archbishop of Manila requested the Maryknoll Sisters in New York to initiate a teacher-training program for women in the Philippines. From an old remodeled Augustinian convent in Malabon, Rizal, the formerly named Malabon Normal School transferred sites several times until in 1953, it finally settled in Loyola Heights, Quezon City, with a new official name: Maryknoll College. The College then expanded its program from teacher training to liberal arts. In 1977, the Maryknoll Sisters turned over the ownership and management of the school to lay administrators and in 1989, it was re-named Miriam College.
Miriam College was incorporated in 1926 and amended their Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws as a non-stock, non-profit educational institution as approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on May 12, 2008. Its campus is located at Katipunan Road, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. The College has 625 regular staff, 58 of which are administrators, 282 part-time staff, 11 project-based staff, 46 regular volunteers, and 15 members of the Board of Trustees.
Following are the certification history of Miriam College Foundation:
January 25, 2001 – January 24, 2006 – 5 years
March 17, 2006 – March 16, 2011 – 5 years
December 10, 2012 – December 3, 2017 – 5 years
The College’s Vision is “…forms leaders in service who combine competence with caring, are rooted in Filipino culture and Asian tradition, and yet are citizens of the world…”. The Mission is “…to provide quality and relevant Christian education that prepares students to become effective leaders, lifelong learners, and productive citizens…” while its declared core values are Truth, Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation.
The institution’s major operations include the Child Study Center. Grade School, High School, College, Graduate Program, Adult Education, Center for Applied Music, and the Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf. The College programs consist of Arts & Sciences (e.g. Applied Arts in Theater and Visual Design, B.S. Biology), Business, Entrepreneurship and Accountancy, Education, and International, Humanitarian and Development Studies. The College’s advocacy centers include the Center for Peace Education (CPE), Environmental Studies Institute (ESI), Women and Gender Institute (WAGI). Service Resource Centers include the Center for Strategic Research which enlivens the school’s research culture, the Center for Applied Music offers a performance- based progressive music curriculum and the Language Learning Center which prepares interested individuals for academic work in higher education, It has also introduced the Service-Learning program in Higher Education to push the school’s thrust of social awareness.
Miriam College has been granted PAASCU Level III accreditation status in various Higher Education programs, such as Liberal Arts, Education and Business, and the High School has maintained its Level III status as well as its Lower School and Middle School.