Photo by Nazzi M. Castro

06 December 2013, 11:50 p.m. – THE UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas was recognized as the institution with
the highest number of accredited programs in the country by the
Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities’ Commission on
Accreditation (Pacucoa).

UST bagged seven awards during Pacucoa’s 24th Annual General Assembly
and awarding ceremonies at the Century Park Hotel in Malate, Manila,
coinciding with the accrediting body’s 40th foundation year.

Food Technology, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy programs
of UST were the first of their kind to have been granted the Level III
reaccredited status in the National Capital Region (NCR) and in the
country, while Tourism was the first program to have been granted the
same status in NCR.

UST was also acknowledged for having the most number of Level 3
reaccredited programs, with 12 courses in total, and for being the top
university in NCR in terms of the number of accreditations.

Following UST were University of Perpetual Help System-Laguna, Manuel
S. Enverga University Foundation, and Lyceum of the Philippines
University-Batangas, with 25 accredited programs each.

Clarita Carillo, vice rector for academic affairs, said the awards
were the products of “concerted efforts” of different colleges and

“We have been pushing all the colleges and faculties to aggressively
maintain our quality standards and this is just validated by the
awards we get,” Carillo told the Varsitarian.

The awards were accepted by Carillo, College of Rehabilitation
Sciences Dean Cheryl Peralta, College of Education Dean Clotilde
Arcangel and other university administrators. Celton F. Ramirez and
Gena Myrtle P. Terre


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