Five more UST campuses eyed

THE UNIVERSITY plans to integrate with other Dominican schools and build satellite campuses beginning next year, in a bid to extend Thomasian education beyond the four walls of the Sampaloc campus.

In his first Rector’s Report last Oct. 16 at the Medicine Auditorium, Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. said the University would continue to pursue the construction of UST’s satellite campuses in General Santos (GenSan) City in Mindanao and Sta. Rosa, Laguna early next year. read more »

Freshman enrollment down ahead of K to 12

LESS than a year before the K to 12 education reform goes full swing, UST saw a slight decline in freshman enrollment, data from the Office of the Registrar showed.

A total of 13,615 freshmen were admitted in the first term of this academic year, down by nearly one percent or 115 enrollees from last year’s 13,730.

The UST-Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy recorded the biggest drop in freshman enrollees at 18.28 percent, or a decline of 876 students from last year’s 1,072.

“We accepted 24 classes last academic year so that means we have fully utilized the classrooms. So we cannot accept more than this number [of students],” Accountancy Dean Patricia Empleo said in an interview. read more »

UST all set for 2015 Bar examination

UST is “all-systems-go” as it prepares to host the 2015 Bar Examinations for the fifth straight year.

Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina said feedback from Supreme Court Justices had been positive as regards to UST as venue for the bar exams.

“It’s all-systems-go for UST, the memorandum of agreement has been signed between UST and the Supreme Court,” Divina said in an interview.

The 2015 Bar Examinations is slated on all four Sundays of November. Like in previous years, a liquor ban will be implemented around the campus. The sale of beer and other alcoholic products between 4 a.m. and 8 p.m. will be prohibited during examination days.  read more »

Devotion in action highlighted in La Naval de Manila feast

THE LAITY were called to turn their devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary by helping the poor during the celebration of the feast of La Naval de Manila at Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City last Oct. 11.

Devotees were encouraged to let the Lord enter their lives and use their faith to support the poor with the theme, “Inang Maria: Kalakbay sa Pagharap sa Hamon ng Karalitaan at Kabanalan.”

Fr. Delfo Canceron, O.P., a Dominican preacher based in UST, recalled how the Blessed Virgin accepted the responsibility of being the mother of Christ in his homily. “Si Maria ay bukas-loob sa kalooban ng Diyos kaya nagsimula ang kasaysayan ng pagkakatawang-tao ng Panginoon,” Fr. Canceron said. read more »

Faculty Union chief gets fresh term

AFTER winning a fresh term, UST Faculty Union President Dr. George Lim plans to make sure salaries will not be affected by the University’s plan to transfer college faculty to UST Senior High School (SHS) as part of the transition to K to 12.

Lim said the union would seek a meeting with the Department of Labor and Employment to discuss the benefits and salaries of faculty members to be moved to senior high school.

“We are looking at several alternatives so the faculty member will not feel the difference [in the salary], so there will be no difference at all,” Lim said, without going into details. read more »

UST aces CPA exams, sinks in Mechanical Eng'g boards

THE UNIVERSITY dominated the October board examinations for certified public accountants (CPA), but recorded a lower passing rate in the licensure exams for mechanical engineers last September.

UST was named the second top-performing school in the CPA exams after 364 Thomasians passed out of 382 examinees, or a 95.29-percent passing rate, results from the Professional Regulation Commission showed.

This was significantly higher than last year’s 67.53-percent passing rate, in which 52 out of 77 examinees passed the exam. Last year, the UST Alfredo M. Velayo-College of Accountancy added another year to its curriculum. As a result, Thomasian examinees last year were composed of repeaters and those who did not graduate on time. read more »

Architecture gets Level I PACUCOA accreditation

THE UST College of Architecture is set to gain local accreditation from a local accrediting agency—a first since its establishment in 1930.

Architecture is set to be granted the Level I accreditation status by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) for the period June 2015 to June 2018.  read more »

Graduate School to offer extension programs in Cebu

THE UST Graduate School will soon be offering extension programs in the “Queen City of the South.”

The Graduate School has established a partnership with the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, its fourth, to offer extension programs for masteral degrees in Marketing Communication and Fine Arts.

Other universities that the UST Graduate School has partnerships with are the University of San Agustin in Iloilo City for its Master of Laws and Master of Science in Pharmacy programs; Ateneo de Davao for its Master of Arts (MA) in Architecture program; and Aquinas University in Legazpi City for its MA major in Library and Information Science and Master of Laws programs. read more »

Union chief faces stiff challenge

FACULTY members will troop to the polling booths on Sept. 28 to elect a new set of union officials, amid lingering questions over the impact of the K to 12 scheme on job security and last year’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the UST administration.

The incumbent president, Dr. George Lim, faces off with his former number two, longtime union executive Rene Luis Tadle, and Jove Jim Aguas for the top post in the 1,500-strong UST Faculty Union (USTFU).

Lim’s “Kabalikat” slate is running on a platform of continuity of programs and professionalization of the union, faculty unity, and “respect” for UST and its officials, while Tadle’s “Lead 4 Change Alliance” ticket wants “union transformation” and vows there will be “no teacher left behind.”  read more »

Former Science dean named professor emeritus

FOR HIS scientific contributions and 46 years of service to the Thomasian community, UST’s top scientist was conferred the title professor emeritus in ceremonies at the Medicine Auditorium last Sept. 3.

Prof. Fortunato Sevilla was given the highest title bestowed by the University to a faculty member who has attained not only the rank of full professor, but has also achieved academic excellence and significant influence in his or her field.

Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. described Sevilla as ‘‘a force to be reckoned with in the field of chemistry,’’ and commended him for being an inspiration to students as well as to other members of the academe. read more »

Three profs eye labor union presidency, vow to deal with K to 12 transition

THREE professors are vying for the presidency of the UST Faculty Union (USTFU), all vowing to deal with the problems posed by the coming K to 12 transition.

The candidates are Dr. George Lim of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery who is running for reelection, and from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Rene Luis Tadle and Jove Jim Aguas.

The K to 12 transition is turning out to be a major issue in the campaign, as college teaching loads would be reduced beginning next year. High school students will be spending two more years in senior high school or grades 11 and 12, instead of graduating to college. Because of this, UST will offer only 13 programs to freshmen next year. read more »

UST retains QS world rank

UST HAS kept its spot in the latest Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) world university rankings, holding on to the 701+ bracket while three other Philippine universities slid in the annual listing.

The University of the Philippines (UP) remained the country’s top university despite slipping to the 401-410 bracket from last year’s 367th place. Ateneo de Manila University also went down to the 501-550 bracket from the 461-470 bracket last year.

De La Salle University joined UST in the 701+ bracket, after figuring in the 651-700 bracket last year. read more »

Research project calls for 'inclusive education'

CHILDREN with “special needs” belong to a regular classroom, not in special schools, according to UST’s education experts.

The College of Education, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Science, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and the Research Center for Culture, Education and Social Issues (RCCESI) have begun a project advocating for “inclusive education” that seeks to put children with disabilities in regular classrooms instead of special education centers.  read more »

Ex-president of ABSC discloses sanctions over lost funds

TWO FORMER officers of the Faculty of Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) will not get certificates of good moral character due to “gross negligence” as a result of the loss of P50,000 in council funds last year, the Varsitarian has learned.

Former ABSC president Marie Jann Klaire Lazo told the Varsitarian the college’s verdict was relayed by the Student Welfare and Development Board (SWDB) through a resolution that was mailed directly to her and former treasurer Julienne Avila. Avila has yet to respond to requests for comment. read more »

'Commerce fire could have been prevented'—fire officer

NO SPRINKLERS, no well-trained personnel.

These were the findings of the investigation into the fire that broke out last July 5 at the fourth floor of St. Raymund de Peñafort Building, which forced the College of Commerce and Business Administration to temporarily hold classes in other buildings.

“Kung may sprinklers [ang building], hindi naman magiging malala ‘yung sunog. Factor pa na hindi well-trained ‘yung nag-respond sa sunog, kung saan nagkaroon pa siya ng difficulty of breathing,” said Senior Fire Officer 4 John Joseph Jalique, head of the investigating unit at the Manila Fire Department, in an interview. read more »

AB Student Council opposes hair regulation

THE STUDENT Council of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (ABSC) wants the college administration to suspend the implementation of the so-called “hair policy” prohibiting long hair for males and “loud” hair color, amid opposition from students.

The ABSC requested for a consultation and suspension of the new policy in a letter to the Artlets Dean’s Office last Sept. 8, after meeting with representatives of the Board of Majors (BOM) on Sept. 1.

In a statement released on Facebook last Sept. 13, the ABSC said the choice of hairstyle and hair color did not affect students’ learning or obstruct other people’s rights.

“In fact, we believe that this could contribute to the holistic development of an individual,” the statement read. read more »

Mercury Drug founder conferred with honorary degree

THE FOUNDER of the country’s largest chain of drug stores has vowed to continue supporting the education of pharmacy students in the Philippines, as he received an honorary doctorate from UST, the first school of pharmacy in the country.

“I have devoted my life in service of others, especially those who wish to pursue their own dreams and aspirations. In fact I’m happy to say I’m happy to do this, granting scholarships to deserving students to complete their pharmacy education here at UST,” Que said in his address during solemn investitute rites at the Medicine Auditorium last Sept. 9.

UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. emphasized Que’s contributions to the pharmaceutical industry and corporate social responsibility. read more »

Junior HS enhances English proficiency focus

UST JUNIOR High School (JHS) has renewed its ties with an international testing firm to develop English-language proficiency among students and ensure the quality of its teaching staff.

Crispin Javier, UST-JHS English coordinator, said the partnership with Hopkins International Partners Inc., authorized representative of the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) in the Philippines, seeks to help the University attain high-quality English language instruction.

TOEIC is a global standard for measuring English language proficiency developed by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey. It consists of two equally graded tests of comprehension assessments. read more »

UST improves in Electrical Eng’g, Med Tech boards

THE UNIVERSITY aced the recent licensure examinations in electrical engineering and medical technology, with Thomasians making it to the top 10 list of passers.

UST emerged as the top school in the board exams for electrical engineers after getting a 98.61-percent passing rate, with 71 out of 72 Thomasian examinees making the cut, results from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) showed.

This was higher than last year's 95.16 percent, wherein 59 out of 62 Thomasian examinees passed the exams. read more »

Senior high school, ilulunsad na

UPANG makasunod sa pambansang reporma sa edukasyon, nakatakdang ilunsad ng Unibersidad sa akademikong taon 2016-2017 ang Senior High School (SHS), na magdaragdag ng ika-11 at ika-12 na baytang sa mataas na paaralan.

Ayon sa opisyal na pahayag ng UST sa Facebook PAHINA nito, ang SHS ay alinsunod sa mga pamantayan sa ilalim ng Philippine Qualifications Framework at ASEAN Qualifications Framework, kung saan inuuri ang antas ng kasanayan at edukasyon na kailangan bilang kuwalipikasiyon sa iba’t ibang trabaho.

Si Pilar Romero, kasalukuyang supervising teacher ng Christian Living sa Education High School ng Unibersidad, ang magiging punong-guro ng SHS na magbubukas ng klase sa Gusaling Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. sa isang taon. read more »

Dating rektor at iba pang Tomasino, nominado sa Nat’l Book Awards

KABILANG ang dating rektor ng Unibersidad sa mga Tomasinong manunulat na nominado para sa taunang National Book Awards.

Ang sanaysay na “We Become What We Love” ni P. Rolando V. de la Rosa, O.P. ay nominado sa Essay Category-English Language ng nasabing patimpalak. Magaganap ang opisyal na paglulunsad ng kaniyang bagong libro, na inilimbag ng UST Publishing House (USTPH), sa mismong araw ng parangal sa Setyembre.

Tumayong rektor ng Unibersidad si de la Rosa noong 1990 hanggang 1998, at muli noong 2008 hanggang 2012. Nagsilbi rin siyang tagapangulo ng Commission on Higher Education noong 2004 hanggang 2005. read more »

UST nanguna sa Medicine, Nutrition, OT, PT exams

NAMAYAGPAG ang mga Tomasino sa nagdaang licensure examinations para sa Medicine, Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy (OT) at Physical Therapy (PT).

Muling pumangalawa ang Unibersidad sa katatapos na Nutritionist-Dietitian Licensure Examinations.

Nagtala ng 98.77-porsiyentong passing rate ang UST kung saan 80 sa 81 na kumuha ng pagsusulit ang pumasa. Higit na mataas ito sa 90.53-porsiyentong passing rate noong nakaraang taon o katumbas ng 86 na Tomasinong pumasa mula sa 95 na kumuha ng pagsusulit.

Nasa ikapitong puwesto sa listahan ng 10 na nakakuha ng pinakamatataas na marka ang Tomasinong si Chelsea Rae Mercadillo na nagtamo ng 83.15-porsiyentong marka. read more »

UST Baybayin, inilimbag sa Lumina Pandit II

PATULOY ang UST Archives sa pagpapabatid ng kahalagahan ng katutubong sistema ng ating pagsusulat, isang taon makalipas pormal na igawad ang titulong National Cultural Treasure (NCT) ng National Archives of the Philippines (NAP) ang koleksiyon ng sinaunag mga dokumento na nasusulat sa Baybayin na pawang matatagpuan lamang sa Arkibo ng pinakamatangdang pamantasan sa Asya.

Ang Baybayin ang alpabeto ng mga sinaunang Tagalog bago pa man dumating ang mga Kastila na nagpakilala ng pagsusulat sa alpabetong Romano. Binubuo ng 14 katinig at tatlong patinig ang Baybayin na nagmula sa panahong bago pa man dumating ang mga Kristiyano o mga Muslim sa Filipinas.  read more »

Mga departamentong GenEd inianib sa Artlets

PITONG akademikong departamento mula sa pamamahala ng Office of the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs ang isinailalim na sa Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) upang masunod ang alituntuning “vertical articulation” na atas ng Commision on Higher Education (CHEd).

Dahil sa pagbabago, lumobo sa 350 mula 165 ang bilang ng mga miyembro ng faculty sa Artlets.

Naipatupad ang pagkakahanay ng mga departamento ng Philosophy, Literature, English, History, Foreign Languages, Political Science at Economics sa fakultad noong ikalawang semestre ng akademikong taon 2014-2015.

Sampu na ang departamento sa Artlets kabilang ang mga departamento ng Communication and Media Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, at Sociology na dati nang nasa ilalim ng fakultad. read more »

Ugnayan ng CRS sa Malaysia, magsisimula na

KASADO na ang ugnayan ng College of Rehabilitation Sciences (CRS) at ng INTI International University sa Malaysia para sa student and faculty mobility programs at research collaborations.

“It is really academic enhancement. With ASEAN 2015 and the move to be global, we really have to go beyond the confines of the University. We have to let our students experience the world outside while they are still in the program,” ani Cheryl Peralta, dekano ng CRS. read more »

Mga opisina, binigyan ng bagong ngalan

BINAGO ng Unibersidad ang pangalan ng ilang mga tanggapan alinsunod sa pagpapalakas ng mga serbisyo nito.

Ang Guidance and Counseling Department ay kilala na sa tawag na University Counseling and Career Center (UCCC), bahagi diumano ng mga hakbang tungo sa pagpapakadalubhasa sa paggabay sa bawat Tomasinong mag-aaral, partikular sa mga karerang kanilang tinatahak.

“The structural changes in the department will bring about intensified career programs and services such as career competencies training, industry partnerships, mock interviews, on-campus recruitment, career coaching, internships, and externships. These activities aim to facilitate career success for every Thomasian,” ayon sa opisyal na Facebook PAHINA ng UST.  read more »

12,000 sumali sa UST Freshmen Walk

BITBIT and makukulay na bandera, lobo at mga instrumento, masayang dumaan sa ilalim ng Arch of the Centuries ang 12,815 bagong mag-aaral ng UST noong ika-5 ng Agosto bilang bahagi ng taunang “Welcome Walk” na simbolo ng kanilang pagiging ganap na Tomasino.

“Sobrang saya at magical ng experience kasi ramdam mo na welcome ka talaga,” ani Eliza Elento, estudiyante mula sa College of Fine Arts and Design. “Ganap na ganap na Thomasian na kami.”

Ayon sa Office of the Registrar, naitala ang pinakamaraming bilang ng mga freshmen sa Faculty of Arts and Letters na pumatak sa 1,404, pumangalawa naman ang Graduate School freshmen na nasa 1,302 at pumangatlo ang Faculty of Engineering na may 1,252 na freshmen. read more »

Pag-aaral ng Tomasinong nars, kinilala sa Thailand

KINILALA ang kakayahan ng Unibersidad na maglabas ng dekalibreng mga Nursing graduate at alumni sa pag-aaral na nagwagi ng Best Paper Award sa isang komperensiya sa Thailand.

Sa nakalipas na 1st International Conference on the Development of Economy, Society, Environment and Health noong ika-23 hanggang 24 ng Hulyo sa Thailand Science Park Convention Center, kinilala ang mataas na passing rate ng UST sa taunang Nursing board exams. read more »

3 bagong dekano, itinalaga ng UST

TATLONG bagong dekano ng Unibersidad ang naglalayong mas mapabuti pa ang antas ng edukasyon sa UST upang makasabay sa ibang bansa.

Hinirang na bagong dekano ang mga propesor na sina Aleth Therese Dacanay ng Faculty of Pharmacy at Allan de Guzman ng College of Education. Si Romeo Castro naman ay tumatayong dekano ng College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD).

Matapos maglingkod ng dalawang taon bilang kalihim ng Faculty of Pharmacy, si Dacanay ay hahalili kay Prop. Elena Manansala, samantalang papalitan naman ni De Guzman ang officer in charge na si P. Jesus Miranda O.P. na pansamantalang humalili sa dating dekano na si Clotilde Arcangel.  read more »

Mag-aaral ng Law, Journalism, patnugot ng 'V' sa ika-87 nitong taon

PANGUNGUNAHAN ng isang Civil Law freshman at dalawang Journalism seniors ang Varsitarian, opisyal na pahayagang pangmag-aaral ng UST, sa ika-87 na taon nito.

Itinalagang punog patnugot si Lord Bien Lelay, dating patnugot ng Balita, habang ang dating katuwang na patnugot ng Balita na si Arianne Merez ang bagong katuwang na patnugot. Kasama nila sa Editorial Board si Angeli Mae Cantillana, dating manunulat ng Pintig, bilang tagapamahalang patnugot. read more »

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