Monday, July 15, 2024


No tuition hike at start of K to 12

AFTER a decade of increases in tuition and other fees, UST will not hike tuition next academic year, amid tight competition for enrollees among...

Pope confers highest honor on Thomasian sculptor

SCULPTOR Wilfredo Layug was conferred the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award, the Holy See’s highest recognition for the laity, for his ecclesiastical art, joining...

University builds new Central Laboratory

p>LABORATORIES will soon be transferred from the Main Building to a new facility being constructed along Padre Noval Street.

The soon-to-rise Central Laboratory will house the laboratories of the College of Science, College of Rehabilitation Sciences and Faculty of Pharmacy, and will be opened next academic year.

“The reason is very simple: the [Main Building] is very old,” Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. told to the Varsitarian in an exclusive interview after ending his stint as Rector.

“[A] laboratory that uses chemicals can actually compromise the integrity of the building.”

UST Santa Rosa campus to open in 2020

FOUR years from now, UST will be able to extend Thomasian education to Santa Rosa, Laguna, the first campus of the University outside Metro...

Dagohoy tops election for Rector

Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. topped the election for Rector among Dominicans in UST last April 25, nearly a month after completing a first term marked by big-ticket projects, efforts to boost the University’s international profile, and a fourth papal visit.

Fr. Dagohoy’s election by members of the Priory of St. Thomas Aquinas began the selection process for the rectorship. His election still has to be confirmed by the Vatican and the Master of the Order of Preachers. But Rome has historically never disagreed with the election results, and UST rectors are traditionally allowed to complete two four-year terms.

Sought for comment, Fr. Dagohoy said he would “think hard pray about it.”

UST raises P31M for research, scholarships

FOR THE past two academic years, UST raised nearly P31 million in donations for scholarships, research grants, professorial chairs and special projects, a financial report showed.

The UST Research and Endowment Foundation, Inc. (REFI) through the Office for Grants, Endowments and Partnerships in Higher Education (OGEP) provides financial assistance to faculty and students who wish to engage in research projects.

In the financial report, OGEP Director Fr. Rolando de La Rosa, O.P. said donations to the foundation for the fiscal years 2013 to 2015 amounted to P30,971,577.52. Faculty members, support staff and students benefited from the funds, he said.

REFI had assets of P430,822,439. Expenses for the period reached P8,040,450.

University eyes 6,000 new students to avoid shortfall

THE UNIVERSITY has set a target of 6,000 new students, mostly in senior high school (SHS), during the painful K to 12 transition next...

UST still out of world subject rankings

FOR THE fifth consecutive year, UST failed to gain a spot in the Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) worldwide subject rankings, left behind by University of the...

Eng’g places 3rd in international debate faceoff

THREE Thomasians bagged third place in an international engineering debate competition in Bandung, Indonesia last March 16 to 18, as the only representatives of...

Spiritual conversion urged to address ‘ecological crises’

CARING for the environment is an obligation, not an optional duty for Catholics.

Nearly a year since the release of “Laudato si’,” Pope Francis’ encyclical on taking care of creation, the Thomasian community was urged to safeguard the “common home” in the “Ambag Kalikasan” retreat-conference last April 5 to 7.

Fr. John Leydon, Philippine co-convenor of the 2014 Global Catholic Climate Movement, said taking care of the environment should be prioritized by every Catholic.

“Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiworks is essential to a life of virtue, not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience,” Fr. Leydon said.