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Former Chief Justice Corona passes away at 67

April 29, 2016, 1:33p.m. - FORMER Chief Justice Renato Corona, who finished his law doctorate in UST, passed away earlier today, April 29, after cardiac arrest. He was 67.

The National Transformation Council, to which Corona belonged, confirmed Corona's death at 1:48 a.m. today through a Facebook post.

The Supreme Court Public Information Office, through Twitter, said Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno had ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in all courts, nationwide to mourn Corona’s death.

Corona obtained his doctor of civil law degree from UST in 2011, with a general weighted average of 1.04.  He finished his bachelor of laws at Ateneo de Manila in 1974. read more »

No tuition hike at start of K to 12

AFTER a decade of increases in tuition and other fees, UST will not hike tuition next academic year, amid tight competition for enrollees among universities in the first year of the K to 12 transition.

Responding to a letter from the Varsitarian, Vice Rector for Finance Fr. Manuel Roux, O.P., said the University did not apply for tuition hikes this year.

In a wide-ranging interview after ending his four-year term as Rector, Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. said he believed there needed to be a pause in tuition hikes. read more »

Pope confers highest honor on Thomasian sculptor

SCULPTOR Wilfredo Layug was conferred the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award, the Holy See’s highest recognition for the laity, for his ecclesiastical art, joining the Thomasian roster of papal awardees.

Layug, 57, received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award, which translates to “For the Church and Pope,” during Holy Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando, Pampanga offered by Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines President and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas last March 8.

Layug joins the list of Thomasian papal awardees such as Chief Justice Andres Narvasa (1977), former Graduate School Dean Magdalena Villaba (1987), Dr. Milagros Fernandez (1984) and Benedictine liturgist Fr. Anscar Chupungco (2013). read more »

University builds new Central Laboratory

p>LABORATORIES will soon be transferred from the Main Building to a new facility being constructed along Padre Noval Street.

The soon-to-rise Central Laboratory will house the laboratories of the College of Science, College of Rehabilitation Sciences and Faculty of Pharmacy, and will be opened next academic year.

“The reason is very simple: the [Main Building] is very old,” Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. told to the Varsitarian in an exclusive interview after ending his stint as Rector.

“[A] laboratory that uses chemicals can actually compromise the integrity of the building.” read more »

UST Santa Rosa campus to open in 2020

FOUR years from now, UST will be able to extend Thomasian education to Santa Rosa, Laguna, the first campus of the University outside Metro Manila, Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. has bared.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Varsitarian after ending his four-year term as rector, Fr. Dagohoy said the site development plan by the Makati-based TCGI Engineers was submitted to him last March and the construction contract was ready for bidding.

“The site development plan is finished. Actually, it’s ready for bidding but it was caught up with the transition, so it’s up to the Economic Council now to take that up and continue the work we have started,” Fr. Dagohoy said. read more »

Dagohoy tops election for Rector

Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. topped the election for Rector among Dominicans in UST last April 25, nearly a month after completing a first term marked by big-ticket projects, efforts to boost the University’s international profile, and a fourth papal visit.

Fr. Dagohoy’s election by members of the Priory of St. Thomas Aquinas began the selection process for the rectorship. His election still has to be confirmed by the Vatican and the Master of the Order of Preachers. But Rome has historically never disagreed with the election results, and UST rectors are traditionally allowed to complete two four-year terms.

Sought for comment, Fr. Dagohoy said he would “think hard pray about it.” read more »

UST raises P31M for research, scholarships

FOR THE past two academic years, UST raised nearly P31 million in donations for scholarships, research grants, professorial chairs and special projects, a financial report showed.

The UST Research and Endowment Foundation, Inc. (REFI) through the Office for Grants, Endowments and Partnerships in Higher Education (OGEP) provides financial assistance to faculty and students who wish to engage in research projects.

In the financial report, OGEP Director Fr. Rolando de La Rosa, O.P. said donations to the foundation for the fiscal years 2013 to 2015 amounted to P30,971,577.52. Faculty members, support staff and students benefited from the funds, he said.

REFI had assets of P430,822,439. Expenses for the period reached P8,040,450. read more »

University eyes 6,000 new students to avoid shortfall

THE UNIVERSITY has set a target of 6,000 new students, mostly in senior high school (SHS), during the painful K to 12 transition next academic year to avoid incurring a shortfall in revenues, Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. has bared.

This will be 3,000 students short of the normal freshman enrollment of 9,000 every year, as only 1,000 first-year college students are expected to enroll next academic year because of the implementation of the K to 12 basic education reform, said Fr. Dagohoy in a wide-ranging interview with the Varsitarian after ending his four-year term. read more »

UST still out of world subject rankings

FOR THE fifth consecutive year, UST failed to gain a spot in the Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) worldwide subject rankings, left behind by University of the Philippines (UP), Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle University.

UP ranked in four subjects, down from last year’s 11 subjects. The state university placed in the 101-150 bracket for English and Literature, 151-200 for both Agriculture and Forestry and the Modern Languages, and 301-400 for Medicine.

La Salle entered the 151-200 and 201-300 brackets for English Language and Literature and Education, respectively. Ateneo also placed at the 151-200 bracket for English Language and Literature.  read more »

Eng'g places 3rd in international debate faceoff

THREE Thomasians bagged third place in an international engineering debate competition in Bandung, Indonesia last March 16 to 18, as the only representatives of the Philippines.

Chemical Engineering seniors Vince Luiz Cruz, Paul Ryan Henry Manzon, Queen Desiree Dalisay and adviser Ayesha Duavis secured a podium finish in the debate contest of Chemical Engineering Challenge (IChEC) 2016. The first place was won by the University of Indonesia. Bandung Institute of Technology took second place.

The tournament adopted the Asian Parliamentary Format. Each team was composed of three members, namely the prime minister, deputy prime minister and whip.  read more »

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