UST EMERGED as the lone top-performing school in the April 2011 licensure examination for electronics engineers, while it placed third in the electrical engineering board exam.

In race to be named asthe top-performing school, the University was the only school in the country that met the minimum requirement of an 80-percent passing rate for at least 50 examinees in the latest electronics engineering board exam.

UST posted an 83.1-percent passing rate in electronics engineering, as 59 of 71 examinees passed. This year’s score was higher than last year’s 52.63 percent with 10 of 19 Thomasian examinees passing the test.

The April electronics engineering board was an “off-season” exam, where almost all examinees were retakers. The 59 passers failed in the November exam, where UST got a “surprising” 11.11-percent passing rate as only 14 of 126 Thomasian examinees passed the test.

This year’s national passing rate, meanwhile, doubled to 44.97 percent from last year’s 27.01 percent.

In the electrical engineering licensure test, UST obtained an 82.35 passing rate, where 14 of 17 Thomasians passed the exam. This was higher than last year’s 53 percent, where only nine out of 17 Thomasians passed the test.

Meanwhile, in the January 2011 licensure exam for architects, the University got a passing rate of 74.66 percent, slightly lower than last year’s 77 percent where UST ranked first. This year, UST landed on fourth place, but produced four topnotchers.

Luis Rafael Medina III led the new Thomasian architects at second place with an 85.6 percent passing mark. Other Thomasians who made it to the top 10 were Ritchell Oliver Calay with 83.7 percent, Antonio Campos with 83.5 percent, and Neil John Clarence Esteves with 83.2 percent at seventh, ninth, and 10th places, respectively.

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‘Students helped each other’

Commenting on the absence of a topnotcher in the engineering board exams, Engineering Dean Josefin de Alban said UST was successful in terms of passing rate.

“I congratulate the other schools for producing individual topnotchers, [but] at the same time, we have our own success in terms of the group passing rate,” De Alban said.

To maintain the high passing rate, the faculty will fortify its human resources, encourage students to attend seminars, and initiate activities that will draw closer communication between students and professors, he said.

Joycelyn Poblete, electronics engineering department chair, said students helped each other by sharing review materials and conducting group studies.

Poblete, an officer of the Institute of Electronics Engineers in the Philippines-Manila Chapter, said Metro Manila schools offering electronics engineering collaborated with each other to raise the passing rate in their respective schools as the national passing rate in last year’s November exam plunged to 21.76 percent from the previous year’s 36.27 percent.

According to Poblete, UST was the top-performing school in the electronics engineering board exam from 2005 to 2009.

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