THOMASIANS placed sixth and ninth in the Architecture licensure examinations last month. They lead the batch of 93 new Thomasian architects.

College of Architecture (CA) alumna Vivian Hazel de Guzman posted a grade of 82.40 percent while Jonathan Sadsad, 81.60 percent to land sixth and ninth, respectively.

Last January, four Thomasians made it to the Top 10 with Christine Glory Pascual at second place.

In addition, the University improved its passing rate from 50 percent (58 out of 116 examinees passed) last January to 55.36 percent (93 out of 168 examinees passed). As of press time, the ranking of the University in the board exams was unavailable.

CA Assistant Dean Tobias Bonaobra said the College is satisfied with the performance of its graduates.

“We try to maintain a passing rate which is above the national passing rate,” Bonaobra said in Filipino.

Bonaobra added that the University’s passing rate in the board exams is always around the 50 percent mark, which is above the national passing and a good performance for UST.

The national passing rate was 38.13 percent (408 out of 1070 examinees).

Meanwhile, the University maintained top spot in the over-all ranking for 100 or more examinees in the Pharmacist Licensure Examinations despite a slight decrease in the passing rate early this month.

UST registered a 95.31 percent passing rate as 244 out of 256 examinees passed. Last year, 179 out of 184 examinees passed for a 97.28 percent passing rate.

In addition, Ma. Cristina Gumangan, a cum laude graduate, placed eighth in the exams. She was the only Thomasian in the top 10.

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The national passing rate was 60 percent, as 944 out of 1,562 examinees passed.

According to Faculty of Pharmacy Dean Rosalinda Solevilla, the result was a good outcome for the Faculty.

She added that the Faculty’s officials are currently planning ways to improve UST’s standing in the coming years through updated curriculum, hi-tech methods of teaching, and—if possible—imported books and other references.

“The UST administration is amenable to our plans,” Pharmacy Assistant Dean Elena Manansala said. She added that the administration also agreed we should not scrimp on student betterment.

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