De La Salle University (Filipino: Pamantasang De La Salle) (also referred to as DLSU or La Salle) is a Roman Catholic, Lasallian research university located in Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila, Philippines. It was established in 1911 by De La Salle Brothers as the De La Salle College in Nozaleda Street, Paco, Manila with Br. Blimond Pierre FSC serving as its first director. The educational institution moved to its present location on September 21 to facilitate the increase in enrollment. DLSU was granted university status in February 1975, is the oldest constituent of De La Salle Philippines (DLSP), a network of 17 Lasallian institutions was established in 2006 to replace the De La Salle University System.
The university started as a boys’ elementary and high school. In 1920 it began offering a two-year Associate in Arts Commerce program, which was later discontinued in 1931 in favour of a Bachelor of Science in Commerce programme. DLSU currently offers coeducational undergraduate and graduate degree programmes through its seven colleges and one school specializing in varied disciplines, including business, engineering and liberal arts.
The university, currently under the administration of President Raymundo Suplido FSC, is a member of several international university associations (including the ASEAN University Network and International Association of Universities) as well as local organizations (such as the South Manila Inter-Institutional Consortium).
DLSU is identified by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as a « Center of Excellence » in six of its programmes, and a « Center of Development » in 3 of its programmes. The university is also among the 40 institutions granted autonomous status by CHED as of 2010. Likewise, it is the first of the only two institutions granted the highest-level accreditation (Level IV) by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). The university ranks 151-160th and 601-650th in the 2013 Asian University Rankings and 2013 World University Rankings, respectively, published by Quacquarelli Symonds.
Scientific research is mainly funded by the De La Salle University Science Foundation. Since 2000, DLSU has been the CHED Zonal Research Center for 10 cities in southern Metro Manila. As such, it evaluates research proposals for recommendation for CHED funding, monitors CHED-funded research papers, among others. DLSU research has focused on affective computing and renewable energy. Application of its research has resulted in the electrification of remote areas in the country through the use of micro hydro generators, and the creation of the first two solar cars of the Philippines, SINAG and SIKAT.