Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Tag: Vol. LXXXVI

Asignaturang robotics, ilulunsad sa Engineering

BILANG tugon sa mabilis na pagsulong ng teknolohiya, nakatakdang maglunsad ang Faculty of Engineering ng elective subject na tumatalakay sa “robotic integration” para sa Akademikong Taon 2016-2017.

Ayon kay Asst. Prof. Nelson Pasamonte, katuwang na dekano ng fakultad, matagal na itong balak ipatupad dahil isa ang robotics sa mga pangangailangan ng industriya ng inhinyeriya ngayon.

“[Kailangan nating] magkaroon ng competitive edge,” ani Pasamonte.

Mga mag-aaral na nasa ika-apat at ika-limang taon mula sa departamento ng electronics and communication engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering at industrial engineering ang unang sasabak sa bagong asignaturang ito.

UST carpark dispute settled

THE CARPARK feud is finally over.

The University and Selegna Holdings Corp., the private operator of the multi-deck parking building inside the campus, have settled a six-year legal dispute involving their build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract and commercial leases.

Documents obtained by the Varsitarian indicated that UST and Selegna signed an Omnibus Compromise Agreement on March 9, 2015. This development was disclosed by the University in its annual financial report submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last April.

UST told the SEC that all parties were in the process of completing the “required attachments” to the compromise agreement.

Thomasians top pharmacy, psychometrician board exams

THE UNIVERSITY dominated the July 2015 licensure examinations for psychometricians and pharmacy, with Thomasians emerging as topnotchers.

UST was named the top-performing school in the licensure examination for psychometricians, with 11 Thomasians landing in the top 10, including first place.

UST registered an 89.25-percent passing rate with 166 passers out of 186 examinees, results from the Professional Regulation Commission showed. This was higher than the University’s 81.91-percent passing rate in the first psychometrics exams last year, wherein 163 passed out of 199 examinees.

Leading the new batch of registered psychometricians is Van Alistair Faeldon who scored 84.20 percent.

New programs needed to attract foreign students

INTERNATIONAL students may make up for the lack of freshmen during the K to 12 transition period, but a University official said that would not happen unless UST offers “more attractive” courses.

Lilian Sison, director of the Office of International Relations and Programs, said drawing international students would require revising the curriculum to make it more appealing to the international community.

“We are now moving into a K to 12 program so we need to revise our curriculum to make it comparable with our neighboring countries. We also need to offer more attractive courses and not just the generic ones,” Sison said in an interview.

UST to use 4-star rating in marketing campaign

IN A BID to boost its international image, the University is asking all offices to use the Quacquerelli-Symonds or “QS Stars” badge and Philippine Quality Award (PQA) logo in all official documents.

Quality Management Office (QMO) Director Joehanna Ngo said the use of the logos as marketing and promotional tools was an entitlement because they were earned by the University.

“[The QS Stars] are symbols [that mean] we are of quality in the international arena ... For the [PQA], this is the highest quality award body in the Philippines likened to the Malcolm Baldridge [National Quality Award] of America,” Ngo told the Varsitarian.

UST changes vision-mission statement

THE UNIVERSITY has revised its vision and mission statement, resolving to become the foremost Catholic university in Asia.

In a memorandum released last July 24, the Office of the Secretary General said the revisions to the UST vision-mission statement would be effective at the start of the new academic year.

The revised mission statement reads: “The University, in pursuit of truth, guided by reason and illuminated by faith, dedicates herself to the generation, advancement, and transmission of knowledge to form competent and compassionate professionals, committed to the service of the Church, the nation, and the global community.”

It retained the three core Thomasian values: competence, compassion, and commitment.

Mga Tomasino, hinikayat na maging ‘Hesus ng lipunan’

ANG TUNAY na misyon ng mga Tomasino ay maging tulad ni Kristo Hesus upang baguhin ang lipunan.

Ito ang mensahe ng pangulo ng Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Arsobispo Socrates Villegas, sa mga Tomasino sa taunang Misa de Apertura noong ika-3 ng Agosto sa simbahan ng Santisimo Rosario.

“The product of UST should be another Christ, and should engage in social transformation,” aniya sa pambungad na Misa sa pagbubukas ng bagong taong akademiko. “The product of UST must be saints.”

Ayon kay Villegas, ang UST bilang Katolikong Pamantasan ng Pilipinas ay hindi dapat dumagdag sa mga problema ng lipunan patungkol sa korupsiyon, kasinungalingan, kapabayaan at kasamaan.

Election body to launch voter education campaign

IN ANTICIPATION of the 2016 national elections, the UST Central Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to launch an extensive voters’ education program in the University.

The AKTIBOTO (Aktibong Boto ng Filipino) Election Hero Training Program (EHTP), which aims to be “a catalyst for meaningful social change through responsible voting,” will train young community leaders in conducting a five-hour community voters’ education program.

Comelec Vice Chairperson Raymond Naguit said the University initially wanted to focus on Thomasians, but decided to open the program to outsiders.

Juniors fencing team cop medals in tourney

FIVE PLAYERS from the UST Juniors Fencing Team secured podium finishes during the Luzon leg of the Batang Pinoy Sports Tournament held at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig last July 26.

The boys’ team bagged one silver and one bronze medal, while the girls’ squad snagged one silver and two bronze medals.

In the boys’ individual epee category, Timothy Gonzales won silver while Andrea Alarcon also settled for second in the girls’ individual sabre category.

Anthony Macaraig (boys’ individual foil), Pauline Bernate (girls’ individual epee), and Hannah Alarcon (girls’individual foil) all won bronze medals. Philip Martin L. Matel

‘Laudato Si’: Environmental degradation traced to individualism, corruption

POPE FRANCIS’ first encyclical, at first glance, seems a document focused only on environmental issues—the first of its kind, though previous popes have mentioned the significance of care for the environment in their own encyclicals—but it is more than that: it is actually more of a critique of today’s individualism that led to the corruption not just of the natural, but also our social, economic, cultural, and moral ecologies.