1. I can personally attest. I have, and me myself, seem to have become “robots” rather than humans enjoying study. Ofcourse, compared to my load, some students study for longer hours in a week, especially those within the field of medicine and pharmacy. The thing is, although all of them must succumb to the culture of “babad sa aral”, NOT ALL are fit inside the structure. I REALLY attest, that ofcourse, sometimes study is dehumanizing when the individual is seen as a “package” that must necessarily be, and a little less than perfectly produced. Education must make us virtuous, not merely products that fit inside a CAPITALISTIC society. But let me clarify, I do not condemn this entirety, especially that I myself is a product of this system, more so of UST herself. But what I do really assume, is that the competitive atmosphere REALLY has a direct effect on the students’ mental health. Thank you father Rector!

  2. High academic loads and atmosphere of competition may be a direct factor but these are needed to train, enhance, and mold us to be ready for higher responsibilities and greater pressures when we face the real life after college. Some loads maybe considered to be lessened as to fit the capacity of the students, however guiding the students how to manage time, properly handle stress, plus the love and concern of our beloved professors and university personells will strengthen the emotional capacity of our students and therefore enable them to overcome and gain the benefit of these trials. I can testify to this because we have experienced this in our beloved College of Nursing. The expectation is great but the excellence in teaching plus the care are abundant. We need pressure to mold us, and we need much grace to handle these pressures.

  3. In UP Diliman, academic load is limited to 18 units per semester.

    UST must seriously consider benchmarking the academic load per semester against other leading universities here and abroad.

    On average, 6 subjects/courses per semester should be more than enough. UST must focus on quality of subjects/courses/teaching rather than quantity of units. As an accountancy graduate of UST, I can say that if teaching method is efficient, many courses with 6 units like financial accounting and auditing can actually be compressed to 3 units as with many other universities here and abroad.

    Obviously, the colleges have a financial incentive to increase the # of units as this translates to more tuition revenue. But then if they want to focus on quality, they might as well increase the fee per unit while reducing the number of units just so they won’t be negatively affected financially.