THE UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas was feted on Dec. 1 for having the most number of accredited programs in Metro Manila recognized for excellent standard by a private accreditation agency.
UST has a total of 47 programs accredited by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (Pacucoa).
Of these, 26 enjoy Level IV status, the highest Pacucoa rating.
The travel management program of the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management (CTHM) was the first to be granted the Level IV accredited status in the country.
CTHM Dean Ma. Cecilia Tio Cuison said they maintained their linkages and partnerships with tourism industries, academic institutions and the government by collaborative work in research, curriculum implementation, internship and service-learning programs.
“We have a lot of industry partners that help us develop our students to become the would-be professionals. We work closely with the industry,” Cuison said in an interview with the Varsitarian.
Cuison said the travel management program has an industry advisory board that monitors the program’s curriculum from the conceptualization to the development and implementation.
The University was also recognized for producing graduates who have obtained the highest scores in the 2017 nutritionist-dietitian, pharmacist and librarian board examinations.
College of Education Dean Allan de Guzman said producing quality graduates has been a tradition of every program in their college.
“We make sure that the quality of our instruction is translated in to the kind of performance that is shown in board examination results,” de Guzman told the Varsitarian.
UST has been cited for having the most number of Pacucoa-accredited programs in the country since 2013.