Prof. Rey Donne Papa is set to become the College of Science’s 12th dean, replacing Prof. John Donnie Ramos who is stepping down after a decade at the helm.

Papa, who has been the biology department chairman since 2017, will assume his new post in January.

He vowed to continue the system left by the former dean.

“We intend to increase further our presence in terms of research, in terms of community extension, and ensure that the students of the College of Science have a holistic training that will put premium on good teaching in the sciences and develop their personality, so that they will be able to survive and thrive in their careers after finishing their degrees,” Papa told the Varsitarian.

During Ramos’ deanship, five programs of the college were granted the highest level of accreditation by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation, and were named Centers of Excellence by the Commission on Higher Education. Three were certified by the Asean University Network – Quality Assurance Group.

The college also added three tracks under its biology program: medical biology, industrial biology and environmental biology.

The new dean, Papa, received the Gawad San Alberto Magno, an award for outstanding researchers in science and technology category, in the Dangal ng UST back in 2017.

Assoc. Prof. Alejandro Bernardo is set to replace long-time Asst. Dean Narcisa Tabirara at the Faculty of Arts and Letters.

Tabirara, a literature professor, served the University for 40 years.

Bernardo had served as faculty secretary of the UST Graduate School since 2013.

He holds masters and doctorate degrees in English language studies.

The Research Center for Culture, Arts and Humanities will have a new director — Assoc. Prof. Maria Alexandra Chua of the Conservatory of Music.

Chua, who holds a doctorate in music, will replace Prof. Joyce L. Arriola.


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