The University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City is the oldest school in the Philippines. Founded by Spanish Jesuits in 1595, it is a Catholic institution of higher learning run by the Society of the Divine Word or SVD since 1935. The University was named after St. Charles Borromeo.
The university traces its origins to the founding of the school Colegio de San Ildefonso, founded by the Spanish Jesuits fathers Antonio Sedeno, Pedro Chirino and Antonio Pereira on August 1, 1595. It was closed in 1769 at the expulsion of the Jesuits. In 1783, the initiative of the Bishop Mateo Joaquin de Arevalo opened the Colegio-Seminario de San Carlos. The Second World War led to the interruption of the courses in 1941 because several buildings suffered various destruction. The Colegio de San Carlos was granted its university charter in 1948.
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