The Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. (BGPOP) Building (File photo by Michael Angelo M. Reyes)

FOUR ACADEMIC programs of the Faculty of Arts and Letters and the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management (CTHM) have received quality seals from the Asean University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA).

UST announced the certification of the communication, journalism, hospitality management, and tourism management programs on Friday, Oct. 28.

The AUN-QA certifications of the communication and journalism programs were the first international recognitions received by the Faculty of Arts and Letters.

Artlets Dean Prof. Marilu Madrunio said the AUN-QA accreditation could help attract more international students and scholars to enroll in the programs.

“If our programs pass the AUN-QA assessment, then we are assured that the programs we offer are of good quality and that they can be at par with the programs offered by other international universities in the region. One can speak highly of an academic program if it is AUN-QA accredited,” Madrunio told the Varsitarian on Oct. 31.

Prof. Satria Bijaksana, AUN-QA chief assessor, and eight other AUN-QA council members conducted a remote visit to the University to assess the four programs in July 2022.

They interviewed select students and academic staff from each program to evaluate how the intended learning outcomes were delivered amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The four add to the 14 UST programs with the AUN-QA seal, namely: accountancy, biochemistry, biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, electronics engineering, elementary education, medical technology, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy, psychology, and secondary education.

The AUN-QA is the mechanism of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to ensure the delivery of quality education at higher education institutions in the region.

UST became an associate member of the AUN-QA Network in 2016, which enabled the University to participate in the network’s exchange programs and projects and apply for the AUN quality assessment. Nillicent Bautista


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