Feb. 4, 12:56 p.m. – UST improved its performance in this year’s licensure exam for architects, but missed the chance to be named a top-performing school.

The University recorded a 79.15 percent passing rate with 186 Thomasian passers out 235 examinees. The College of Architecture’s mark in the January exam was slightly higher than last year’s 74.66 percent (165 passers out of 221 Thomasian examinees) and 2010’s 77 percent.

No school made it to the list of top-performing schools for 2012. The Professional Regulation Commission requires a minimum 80-percent passing rate and at least 50 examinees to be included on the list.

The University of the Philippines-Diliman posted a perfect score, but was not named the top performing school because it only had 38 examinees.

UST was last declared the country’s “best architecture school,” in terms of passing rate, in 2010.

Only one Thomasian entered the Top 10 list, compared with last year’s four and 2010’s three. Armel Andre Bonifacio (83.50 percent) placed ninth in this year’s board exam.

In 2011, Thomasians Luis Rafael Medina III, Ritchel Calay, Antonio Mercado, and Neil John Clarence Esteves placed second, seventh, ninth, and 10th, respectively.

For four years now, the University has remained the top producer of architects in the January licensure exams.

This year’s national passing rate slightly increased to 50.83 percent (822 passers out of 1,617 examinees) from last year’s 50.67 percent (912 passers out of 1,800 examinees).

In 2010, the national passing rate was 50.36 percent (550 out of 1,092). Reden D. Madrid


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