CHEd scraps Filipino from college curriculum

THE COMMISSION on Higher Education (CHEd) has stood by its decision to remove Filipino courses in tertiary education.

In a statement released Nov. 27, CHEd proposed to use Filipino as a medium in teaching general education subjects instead.

“Filipino cannot merely be taught as a subject, but must be used in oral and written forms,” according to the statement signed by CHEd Chairperson Patricia Licuanan. “[T]he Commission shall support such aims by providing incentives to Higher Education Institutions (HEI) that opt to use Filipino in the general education courses or offer several sections of a given course in Filipino.” read more »

University team ready for Shell Eco-Marathon

A TEAM of mechanical engineering students is gearing to defend its pride as it competes in two categories of the Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) Asia next year.

During the official launch of SEM Asia at the Plaza Mayor last Nov. 12, the UST team announced that it would be joining both the prototype and urban-concept categories.

The prototype category is for smaller, more futuristic vehicles whose primary design reduces drag and maximizes efficiency, while the urban-concept category is for conventional four-wheeled vehicles.

The UST squad showcased its official entry car named “Tiger-400,” or T-400, for the prototype category by conducting several test runs around Plaza Mayor. read more »

AB student council loses funds; officers in hot water

THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) last Nov. 22 said money was stolen from its office last Oct. 23, confirming an earlier statement released by the Board of Majors (BOM).

The ABSC, in its own statement, said it lost about P50,000 in cash, which was supposed to finance activities like the Athena Cup, NGO fair, and the general staff assembly.

In a meeting last Nov. 11, ABSC officers and the BOM discussed statements made by students who were said to be in the council office when the alleged theft happened, namely: ABSC President Marie Jann Lazo, Treasurer Julienne Avila, ABSC Chief of Staff Emmanuel Arre, and board committee members Patricia Umali, Jancis Valera, and Richard Umali. read more »

Dialogues on campus press freedom bill postponed

DELIBERATIONS on the “Campus Press Freedom Bill,” which seeks to impose tougher sanctions on violators of the freedom of the press in schools, have been put on hold until a new draft of the bill is submitted, according to the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education (CHTE).

In a committee bulletin dated Oct. 22, CHTE chairman and Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo requested Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon, author of House Bill 1493 or the Campus Press Freedom Bill, to revise sections 7 and 8.

Section 7 mandates the school administration to collect publication fees during the enrollment period, while Section 8 states that the collected funds shall be given to the student publication within 15 days after the latest enrollment. read more »

Grad School offers extension programs to other universities

THE UST Graduate School has established external linkages by offering some extension programs with other universities in the country.

Graduate School Dean Marilu Madrunio said the project was initiated due to the request for teaching assistance of the University of San Agustin’s Graduate School in Iloilo.

At present, the UST Graduate School has extension program arrangements with the University of San Agustin for master of laws and master’s degree (MA) in Pharmacy, and the Ateneo de Davao University for MA in Architecture.

Last year, extension programs were held in October during the semestral break, but due to UST’s new academic calendar, they will be offered in December this year. read more »

UST among top passers in chem eng'g boards

THE UNIVERSITY posted better results in the November 2014 licensure examinations for chemical engineers, with three Thomasians landing in the top 10.

The University recorded a higher passing rate of 69.12-percent (94 passers out of 136 examinees) compared with last year’s 58.97 percent (69 out of 117 examinees), results from the Professional Regulation Commission showed.

Leading the new batch of Thomasian chemical engineers is second-placer Joseph John Liwanagan with a score of 83.40 percent, followed by Francis Jessy Liggayu at seventh place (82.80 percent), and William Macasero Jr. at ninth place (82.50 percent).

Hazel Dorothy Cesar of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman finished first place with a score of 85.40 percent. read more »

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