IN LINE with the University’s goal to be recognized as a premiere academic institution, UST has collaborated with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and international universities to help strengthen its global presence.

Three pioneering projects for the next academic year were launched during the University’s second annual appreciation dinner hosted by Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. last March 25 at the UST Museum.

Dagohoy said in his speech that partnerships forged with international institutions paved the way for educational ties, cultural and student exchanges, sharing of best practices, learning opportunities, and genuine friendship.

“The University is committed to further these gains and continue to aim for stronger collaborative endeavors, dynamic cooperation in areas of instructions and research, and deepening of cultural links between UST and its international partners,” Fr. Dagohoy said.

The first project launched was the UST Heritage Tour, a partnership between UST and DOT that aims to promote the University as a tourist attraction by highlighting its historical significance and contributions to the nation.

“University landmarks and structures have been witnesses to centuries-old stories and traditions and a walk through the campus feels like a journey through time,” Ma. Cecilia Tio Cuison, dean of the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management, said after leading the virtual campus heritage tour.

Lilian Sison, director of the Office for International Relations and Programs, led the launching of the second project t called the UST Ambassadors’ Lecture Series.

“Through the University, lectures will serve as an avenue for views of the different nations on global issues to be known to the Philippine community,” Sison said.

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The Rector said an ambassador would be invited every semester to deliver lectures on global issues and promote advocacies.

The last project launched was the UST Cultural Night, which will showcase performances of local and international talents in music, dance, literature, visual arts, film, and other art forms.

Dr. Raul Sunico, president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and dean of the Conservatory of Music, said the cultural presentations would feature the finest of Thomasian talent.

Gearing up for ASEAN 2015

Dagohoy said the launching of the three cultural projects was anchored on the theme for the University’s 403rd foundation anniversary: “Onwards ASEAN 2015: Bridging Cultures, Bracing People.”

“By meeting new friends and experiencing new cultures, we hope to provide our students with a deeper understanding of humanity’s needs and avoid the lure of what Pope Francis called ‘the economy of exclusion and inequality,’” he said.

Members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of cultural agencies led by Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto, apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, converged at the University to witness the launching.

Also present were UST Vice Rector Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., Vice Rector for Religious Affairs Fr. Filemon de la Cruz, Jr., O.P., Secretary General Fr. Winston Cabading, O.P., Assistant to the Rector for Student Affairs Dr. Evelyn Songco, and Office of Public Affairs Director Giovanna Fontanilla. Jon Christoffer R. Obice

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