THE UNIVERSITY emerged as the only top-performing school in the recent Electrical Engineering licensure examination, but did not figure on the list of top schools in this year’s Chemistry boards.

UST obtained a 90-percent passing rate with 63 passers out of 70 examinees, higher than last year’s only 48.44 percent, when only 31 out of 64 Thomasians passed the exam.

Only UST met the Professional Regulation Commission’s (PRC) requirement of having an 80-percent passing rate and at least 50 examinees to be declared a top-performing school.

No Thomasian, however, made it to this year’s list of top 10 examinees.

Electrical Engineering department Chairman Carlito Gutierrez said the University’s performance in the September 2011 board exam was the “most competitive” in the past five years.

“Back then, we were lagging [in our performance], but now, there was a big improvement [in the results],” Gutierrez said, adding that the Faculty of Engineering was only expecting a 70-percent passing rate in the recent exam.

The national passing rate went up to 58.02 percent with 1,519 passers out of 2,618 examinees. This was higher than last year’s 34 percent, when 913 passed out of 2,686.

Meanwhile, UST’s passing rate in the recent Chemistry licensure examinations slightly went up to 72.97 percent with 27 passers out of 37 examinees, from last year’s 72 percent.

No Thomasian entered the top 10 list in the September 2011 board exams; last year, UST had two.

University of the Philippines-Diliman, with 65 passers out of 72 examinees or 90.28-percent passing rate, was the only top-performing school in the licensure examination.

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This year’s national passing rate decreased to 52.54 percent from 56 percent. Reden S. Madrid and Bernadette D. Nicolas

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