ANOTHER year of online classes awaits Thomasians as UST on Friday announced the retention of the “enriched virtual mode,” the University’s remote learning strategy, in Academic Year 2021 to 2022.

Enriched virtual mode, which makes use of synchronous and asynchronous learning strategies using the UST Cloud Campus and other platforms, was introduced in the first term of Academic Year 2020 to 2021.

In an advisory, the Office of the Secretary General said the University would continue preparations for the resumption of limited face-to-face classes in some programs.

“Protocols will be announced to concerned stakeholders once government approval is obtained,” the office said.

As of writing, four medical and health programs in UST have been allowed to conduct limited in-person classes. 

UST opened its gates to medicine clerks and physical therapy interns in June.

Medical technology students are set to start their internship program on July 5, while nursing students will return on campus for their related learning experience on Aug. 9.

The Commission on Higher Education gave UST certificates of authority to hold limited face-to-face classes for its physical therapy, medical technology and nursing programs valid until the end of the second term of the upcoming academic year.

The resumption of limited face-to-face classes in Philippine universities is limited to medical and health programs.

Colleges and universities that will conduct face-to-face classes must undergo retrofitting and inspection by authorities to ensure adherence to health protocols.


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