A SUMMA cum laude graduate landed fourth in the Chemical Engineering licensure examinations last October to lead 35 other Thomasians who passed the test.

Valarie Ku, one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines last year and recipient of the Rector’s Academic Award last March, got a rating of 85.20 percent to place fourth.

However, the total number of Thomasians who took the board exams are not yet available as of this writing.

Last year, CE submitted a passing rate of 52.94 percent where 36 out of 68 passed.

This year’s national passing rate on the other hand, was 41. 25 percent with 264 out of 640 passed.

Meanwhile, the Faculty of Pharmacy placed second over all in the Second Pharmacist licensure examination given by the Professional Regulation Commission this January.

UST registered 97% passing rate when 31 out of 32 examinees passed.

University of the Philippines – Manila ranked first with 100 percent passing rate while Mariano Marcos State University placed third with 96 percent passing rate.

A total of 652 out of 1,036 examinees from all over the country passed.

The successful examinees will take their oath on Feb. 18 at the Manila Hotel.

Meanwhile, the University hosted the Second National Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) Conference last November 28 and 29 at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex.

Keynote speakers included retired Navy Commodore and Professional Regulations Commission’s Board of ECE examiner Rene Leandro Ebro and Texas Instruments Philippines, Inc. President and Managing director Engr. Norberto Viera. They discussed the future of the Philippines in the field of communication and electronics.

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During the parallel sessions, research papers were presented by Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University (DLSU), University of the Philippines, and UST.

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