UST now under PH Dominican Province

FILIPINO Dominicans are now officially in charge of Asia’s oldest and only Pontifical University, after more than four centuries under Spanish Dominicans and the head of the Dominican Order in Rome.

Secretary General Fr. Winston Cabading, O.P. announced last Aug. 7 during the Mass for the Feast of St. Dominic de Guzman that the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education had issued a decree, dated May 31, approving the revised General Statutes of the University, which allowed the transfer of jurisdiction. read more »

Baybayin is UST's 5th nat'l cultural treasure

THE UNIVERSITY reached another cultural milestone as the UST Archives’ collection of ancient baybayin scripts were declared as national cultural treasures by the National Archives of the Philippines (NAP) last Aug. 22 at the National Museum in Manila.

The baybayin scripts consist of 14 consonants and three vowels which orginated from the pre-Islamic and pre-Spanish era.

Coinciding with the 2nd Baybayin Conference, the scripts were formally recognized by NAP’s national archivist Victorino Manalo. The conference is a forum aiming to create awareness for the importance of the ancient writing system. read more »

Foreign students to take place of freshmen during K to 12 transition

ONE SOLUTION to UST’s K to 12 woes will be a “foreign” one.

International students will make up for the lack of freshmen in Academic Year 2016-2017 when the K to 12 program goes in full swing.

“We are for the openness of the University as a Catholic university to admit students coming from [other countries] to form them according to our mission [and] vision,” Secretary General Fr. Winston Cabading, O.P. said in an interview with the Varsitarian. read more »

SC rejects Faculty Union's P26M claim

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has denied the UST Faculty Union’s (USTFU) claim for P26 million in hospitalization and medical benefits from 1997 to 2003, saying the union’s complaint was too late and that it had misinterpreted its collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the University.

The dispute was over whether UST’s annual contributions to USTFU hospitalization and medical benefits fund should be one-time or cumulative given annual increases in tuition. read more »

UST maintains spot in QS world rankings

THE UNIVERSITY failed to improve its standing in the latest Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) world university ranking, retaining its spot in the 701+ bracket in the listing of the top 800 universities.

State-run University of the Philippines led the country’s top universities anew, improving 13 notches to 367th from last year’s 380th. Ateneo de Manila University also went up to the 461-470 bracket from the 501-550 bracket last year, while De La Salle University slid to the 651-700 bracket from the 601-650 bracket last year.

Since 2012, UST has not placed in the QS subject rankings. Ateneo, La Salle and UP failed to maintain their respective posts in English Language and Literature. read more »

Thomasian tops Medicine boards

A SUMMA cum laude graduate of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery topped the August 2014 licensure exams for physicians, a feat last achieved by a Thomasian four years ago.

Eric Royd Talavera, who graduated from UST in 2013, tied with Cebu Institute of Medicine's Raymond Martin Li for first place. Both scored 89.59 percent.

UST alumni Jessica Mae Sanchez and Lean Angelo Silverio, also summa cum laude graduates, shared the fourth spot with Mairre James Gaddi of the University of the Philippines-Manila, all of them scoring 89.25 percent. read more »

Students join initiative vs 'pork'

THOMASIANS once again joined the cry for government reform as they joined the launch of the People’s Initiative against all forms of pork barrel including the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

The campaign, which coincided with the celebration of National Heroes’ Day, was coined as “Stand Up! Sign Up against all forms of pork!” and was endorsed by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and the Catholic Educators Association of the Philippines.

Organized by the #abolishporkmovement and the Scrap Pork Network, the campaign marked the first anniversary of the Million People March which was participated by Thomasians as well. read more »

Arts and Letters gets PACUCOA level 4 accreditation

FOUR PROGRAMS of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) have been granted the coveted Level 4 accreditation status, the highest rank that can be obtained by an educational institution from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA).

Economics, Legal Management, Literature, and Philosophy obtained the highest accreditation level after a two-day “survey visit” by PACUCOA accreditors last August 18 and 19. read more »

Tags: Antonio Chua, Faculty of Arts and Letters, PACUCOA

Gen San campus construction delayed anew

THE CONSTRUCTION of the University’s first satellite campus in Mindanao is again on hold due to pending documents regarding the conversion of its site from an agricultural land to an institutional land.

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has yet to approve another permit that will allow the further development of the satellite campus in an 82-hectare land in General Santos (Gen San) City, encompassing two barangays: Ligaya and Katangawan.

DAR first approved the conversion of the land in 2003 and issued another order in 2008, extending the development period of the site until 2013. read more »

Dalawang student orgs, hindi kinilala ng OSA

HINDI kinilala ng Office for Student Affairs (OSA) ang Thomasian Writers Guild (TWG) at Alpha Phi Omega (APO) bilang mga opisyal na organisasyon sa Unibersidad para sa akademikong taon 2014-2015, dahil sa hindi pagdalo ng mga opisyal nito sa taunang Leadership Training Seminar (LTS).

Ayon kay Allan Hernandez, kinatawan ng OSA para sa mga organisasyon, ang pagdalo sa taunang LTS ay kailangan upang kilalanin na opisyal ang isang organisasyon. Mayroong tatlong LTS na dapat daluhan ang mga organisasyon bago kilalanin ng OSA.

“As early as February and March, we were already informing [the organizations] of the tentative schedule of the LTS, and even advised them to block their schedules for [the month of] April,” ani Hernandez sa isang panayam sa Varsitarian. read more »

USTHS and EHS top NAT in Manila

THE UNIVERSITY’S two high schools again bested other secondary schools in Manila in the National Achievement Test (NAT) taken by fourth-year students last March 5.

UST Education High School (EHS), the University’s laboratory high school, topped 18 schools in cluster three, or schools with 100-199 examinees, after posting an average score of 65.91 percent.

EHS got the highest scores in four subjects, namely: Critical Thinking (71.5%), English (79.40%), Filipino (70.25%), and Math (59.89%). It placed second and third in Araling Panlipunan (70.09%) and Science (47.03%), respectively.

EHS had a total of 108 examinees this year. Last year, EHS belonged to cluster four, or schools with 55-99 examinees. read more »

GenEd dept's to transfer to Artlets, Education

THE GENERAL Education departments of the University are set to be transferred to different colleges from the supervision of the Office of the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs (OVRAA), adopting the organizational structure of other local as well as foreign universities.

The departments of Philosophy, English, Literature and the Humanities, History, Foreign Languages, and Social Science will be under the helm of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets), while the College of Education will absorb the Filipino department. Its offices, however, will remain at the Main Building. read more »

Disguised thief arrested

SECURITY officials nabbed a 22-year-old man last Aug. 2 for allegedly stealing several gadgets and a pair of leather shoes near the open field.

The UST security office said the suspect, Mark Galvan, was brought to the Sampaloc Police Station 4 after verification with the victims and from CCTV footage. But Galvan, who had posed as a jogger, was later released after reaching a settlement with the victims.

Security records showed Galvan entered the campus on a motorcycle, telling security guards he would go to the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church. He instead went around the field looking for potential victims, like varsity players and joggers, whose bags were unattended. read more »

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