The Ateneo de Davao University is a Catholic, Jesuit, and Filipino University.
As a university it is a community engaged in excellent instruction and formation, robust research, and vibrant community service.
As Catholic, it proceeds ex corde ecclesiae, from the heart of the Church.
As Jesuit, it appropriates the mission of the Society of Jesus and the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
As Filipino, it contributes to and serves Mindanao.
It participates in the reconciliation by the Father
of humanity with Himself
of human beings with one another,
of humanity with the environment.
It strengthens faith. It promotes humane humanity.
It engages in intercultural, interreligious,
and inter-ideological dialogue especially in Mindanao.
It responds to the needs of the Bangsamoro, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,
as well as the needs of Lumad communities.
It promotes the creation of wealth and its equitable distribution.
It strengthens its science and technology instruction, research, and technopreneurship in Mindanao.
It promotes cultural understanding and friendship with its Asian neighbors.
It promotes lifelong learning and the dialogue between academe and the world of work.
It protects and promotes the environment as “our common home.”
It develops ADDU sui generis leaders who appropriate this mission for life.
It treasures and works with its alumni.