UST ROTC enrollment down 80%

ONLY about 200 students enrolled in the University’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) for Academic Year 2016-2017, a drastic decline from previous years because of lack of freshmen as a result of the painful K to 12 transition.

The figure represents an 80-percent drop from 1,115 cadets last year, amid efforts by the Duterte administration to make ROTC training mandatory anew to help the government’s anti-drug campaign.

Col. Edgar Nigos, the UST commandant, told the Varsitarian the number of ROTC enrollees had been declining compared with the other two National Service Training Program (NSTP) components, Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) and Literacy Training Service (LTS). read more »

Rector calls for 21st-century Catholic education

FATHER Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. was invested to a second four-year term as UST Rector last Aug. 2, vowing to make Thomasian education “responsive to the 21st century.”

In his speech during his Solemn Investiture at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church, the University’s 96th Rector said sacrifices should be made for Thomasians to receive timely and innovative education rooted in Catholic teachings.

“I know that we will be able to transcend our personal or sectorial interests and seek the good of all. In seeking the common good, we reaffirm the significant influence of the communal dimension of Catholic schooling that makes Catholic universities different from others,” Fr. Dagohoy said. read more »

Halos 8,000 na bagong Tomasino, nakilahok sa Welcome Walk

BILANG simbolo ng pagsisimula ng buhay Tomasino, nagmartsa ang 7,915 na bagong mag-aaral ng Unibersidad sa ilalim ng makasaysayang Arch of the Centuries sa taunang Welcome Walk.

Ayon sa datos ng Office of the Registrar, 2,957 na mag-aaral ay freshmen sa kolehiyo at 4,958 naman ay mula sa bagong bukas na UST Senior High School (SHS).

Ang Graduate School ang nagtala ng pinakamalaking bilang ng freshmen na pumatak sa 1,021. Pumangalawa ang Fakultad ng Medisina sa bilang na 481.

Tig-460 na bagong mag-aaral naman ang pasok sa Fakultad ng Parmasiya at Fakultad ng Derecho Civil.

Noong umaga, nanguna ang SHS sa seremoniyal na pagtawid sa arko. Sinundan ito ng Misang pinamunuan ng Bise Rektor P. Richard Ang, O.P. sa Quadricentennial Pavilion. read more »

Shortage forces UST to hire new faculty

THE UNIVERSITY is hiring part-time faculty members in English, accounting and information technology to fill up positions left by non-tenured faculty members as a result of the K to 12 transition.

The minimum requirements are a master’s degree and teaching experience, officials said in separate interviews.

Department of English Chairwoman Camilla Vizconde said new teachers were needed because tenured faculty members could not handle all English teaching loads.  read more »

Accreditation stalls transfer to new central lab

THE COLLEGE of Science is “not very keen” on transferring to the new Central Laboratories Building this term because of time constraints.

Science Dean John Donnie Ramos said the new building won’t be ready until September, after the accreditation visit of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (Pacucoa) that includes an inspection of facilities.

“To tell you honestly, we’re not very keen on moving also this semester, at least for the part of the College of Science. We will be undergoing Pacucoa accreditation come September. We don’t have enough time anymore to move,” Ramos said in an interview. read more »

Architecture halts US accreditation due to K t o 12

BECAUSE of curriculum changes required by the K to 12 educational reform, the University’s architecture program has delayed plans to be recognized by an international accrediting body based in the United States.

In an interview with the Varsitarian, outgoing Architecture Dean John Joseph Fernandez said the college had decided to hold its application with the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

“Papalit-palit ‘yung document na ipapakita namin sa kanila (NAAB). After [the K to 12 transition], we’re going to modify again the curriculum, so parang stop and wait muna kami,” Fernandez said. read more »

Ched urged to hike faculty scholars' stipend

A GROUP of teaching and non-teaching staff has appealed for a higher monthly allowance for master’s and doctorate scholars in the National Capital Region (NCR), saying the rates were “unfair and too low.”

In a meeting with Commission on Higher Education (Ched) Chairwoman Patricia Licuanan last July 13, the Council of Teachers and Staff of Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (Cotescup) called for an increase in the stipend for scholars, citing the cost of living in NCR and other highly urbanized areas.

The stipend for those who qualify for scholarships for master’s programs is P20,000 per month, and for doctorate programs, P28,000 per month. read more »

Ched heeds SC ruling, orders teaching of Filipino subject

FILIPINO will still be included in the curricula of all higher education institutions (HEIs), based on a memo by the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) in compliance with a Supreme Court order.

Ched ordered all public and private HEIs last June 18 to continue the implementation of Ched Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 04 series of 1997, which requires students majoring in fields other than the Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication to take six units of Filipino.

HEIs must also implement CMO No. 59 series 1996, where the minimum requirement for the general education curriculum of Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication courses is nine units of Filipino subjects.  read more »

Ex-UST rector frowns on K to 12

FORMER rector Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, O.P. has spoken out strongly against the K to 12 basic education reform, calling it a tool for “neo-colonists” to obtain cheap labor from poor countries like the Philippines.

In his Manila Bulletin column last June 18, Fr. de la Rosa said he believed the “driving force behind the imposition of the K-12 scheme is not the quest for excellence, but pure market demand.”

The K-12 system is an “offshoot of the inclusion of professional services in trade agreements among countries,” Fr. de la Rosa said. read more »

Crime rate down in UST—security chief

UST SAW a significant drop in petty crime incidents this academic year, assessing the rising rate seen in previous years.

Records from the UST Security Office showed only two reports of theft filed in Academic Year (AY) 2015-2016 compared with eight cases in AY 2014-2015 and 15 cases in AY 2013-2014.

UST Security Chief Joseph Badinas attributed this to new security procedures such as assigning personnel in plain clothes to blend in with crowds and monitor public places like the Santisimo Rosario Church, UST Hospital and the Multi-Deck Parking Building.

Badinas explained how “constant communication” with government agencies like the Philippine National Police (PNP) and coordination with barangays around UST helped reduce petty crimes. read more »

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