Under the leadership of Jack Tuason, the new College launched in June 2006 with accreditation from the Philippine Commission on Higher Education, a founding Dean in Dr. Lorraine Villanueva, a campus in Ortigas Center’s Wynsum Corporate Plaza and 80 pioneering students. The College offered one degree (in International Hospitality Management) with two majors (Hotel Administration and Culinary Arts), and completed an academic partnership with the Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, one of the most highly regarded schools in the world. This academic cooperation provided Enderun students with the same quality education without having to leave Manila. The agreement allowed Enderun students to earn an additional credential, the Les Roches Certificate in Hospitality Operations, en route to the Enderun bachelor’s degree. The fledgling College also opened a small, student-manned restaurant, aptly named Restaurant 101, and, under the leadership of founding Corporate Culinary Head Chef See Cheong Yan, quickly established itself as a center of excellence in culinary education.
The young College grew rapidly, adding more than 200 students in School Year 2007-2008, and establishing new partnerships, most notably with the Ducasse Education, a leading French culinary institute. This partnership offered Enderun culinary students the opportunity to earn certificates from Ducasse Education (en route to their Enderun bachelor’s degrees), and integrated the pedagogical methods of Alain Ducasse, one of the world’s most celebrated chefs, into the Enderun culinary program. By 2008, the College was establishing new milestones on a nearly monthly basis: in January, another noted businessman, Simon Bakker, joined its board of governors and financiers; in June, the College enrolled another 300 new students, and moved to its permanent campus in the McKinley Hill area of Fort Bonifacio; in September, storied Filipino conglomerate A. Soriano Corporation joined the school’s funding team; in October, the College recruited a leading US academic, Dr. Lance Masters, to be its new Provost; and in December, it launched Enderun Extension to offer short courses and continuing education for working professionals and hobbyists.
In 2012, Enderun held two important events. Enderun became the first Global Partner of Thunderbird Online, a professional development group of Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, USA. Enderun integrates Thunderbird Online’s Executive Certificates into its Business Administration and Entrepreneurship programs, combining online learning with in-classroom instruction. Enderun’s Business and Entrepreneurship students will be able to graduate with an Enderun degree and Thunderbird Online Executive Certificate in Global Leadership. In the same year, Enderun launched the Ducasse Education Philippines, the first Ducasse Institute outside of France. The partnership, formerly known as ADF+Enderun, brings together the expertise of Enderun Colleges and Ducasse Education in offering excellence in practice of culinary arts in the Philippines and Asia.
June 2015 marked the launch of Enderun Colleges’ newest degree program – Bachelor of Science in Economics. It is a unique academic program that infuses competencies in management, leadership, and social entrepreneurship. The program includes a specialization in Saemaul Undong and International Development Cooperation, which provides students with theoretical knowledge and practical competence in community development and international development. It also introduces them to various global development organizations such as the United Nations (UN), World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
By 2017, Enderun had grown into one of the country’s leading and most highly-respected management colleges. Finding themselves at the nexus of a broader push to re-establish the Philippines not only as a center of education excellence in Asia, but also as a global training ground for future entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and public officials; Enderun announced an exciting development—new ownership, led by Dennis Uy of Udenna Corporation, a domestic, privately-held investment and management company with diverse interests in oil and gas, shipping and logistics, real estate, hospitality and other industries. Under the new ownership, the College looks to further strengthen its position as a world-class education institution providing the highest international standards of academic excellence.