August 20, 5:58 p.m.
UST’S BIOLOGY program has obtained “center of excellence” status (COE) after an inspection by the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) last July 2.

In a letter dated August 9, Ched said the University has met the standards set by the commission’s evaluation panel for biology, upgrading its status from “center of development.”

“Based on the [Technical Panel for Biology’s] recommendations, the Ched en banc during its special meeting last July 7 has decided to approve your designation as a Ched center of excellence in biology from July 8, 2010 to August 14, 2011 which is the expiration of its original designation,” Ched said in a letter to Rector Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, O.P., a copy of which was obtained by the Varsitarian.

Biology has been a center of development since 2003, after failing to COE status in 2006.

The University’s biology program is now among the five biology schools in the country enjoying COE status.

Other universities with COE status for biology are University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, UP-Los Banos, De La Salle University, and Mindanao State University.

Other UST programs enjoying COE status are philosophy, literature, chemistry, architecture, and nursing. Darenn G. Rodriguez


  1. Congratulations to the College of Science for the recent accreditation of their Biology program to Center of Excellence(COE) status. They really deserve this recognition after all the hard work they have put into the program to make their students responsive, and competent professionals. However, it would be very nice if they will be able to split the Biology Program into different majors like BS Biology major in Environmental Science; BS Biology major in Human and Animal Biology, and BS Biology major in Plant Biology. This will be very good for those students who have a specific biology program in mind. They can choose from these majors based on their interest or inclination. It is also a shame that UST has not yet gone into Environmental Science since this field is very necessary in this time and age when the dynamics of nature can affect us all and human actions also have profound effects on the environment. I hope that the time when UST Biology program will be this responsive to the different needs of the students and society is near. I truly hope so so that UST College of Science will be even more active in this ever changing world and times.


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