While the University of Santo Tomas holds the distinction of being Asia’s oldest existing university, its age is coupled with its preeminence in Philippine education. Not only does it boast of several firsts in the different realms of education, it also has administrators and faculty members who are holding leadership positions in the Philippines’ policy-making bodies (e.g. Commission on Higher Education) and professional organizations, helping influence policies for the betterment of the society in general.
The University of Santo Tomas, the Pontifical, Royal, and Catholic University of the Philippines, is a Dominican institution of learning founded in 1611, under the patronage of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Veritas in Caritate (Eph 4:15)
The University, in pursuit of truth, guided by reason and illumined 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.
Faithful to its centuries-old tradition of excellence, the University of Santo Tomas envisions itself as a premier Catholic institution of learning in Asia, committed to the professional and moral formation of her stakeholders for social transformation.
Excellence that is timely, relevance that is timeless
Thomasian Core Values
The SEAL of Thomasian Education and Graduate Attributes
The University of Santo Tomas, in pursuit of truth, guided by reason and illumined 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.
I am a Thomasian. I carry the SEAL of Thomasian education. I am a Servant leader, an Effective communicator and collaborator, an Analytical and creative thinker, and a Lifelong learner.
With Christ at the center of my formation as a Thomasian, I am expected to demonstrate the following Thomasian Graduate Attributes (ThoGAs):
— Show leadership abilities to promote advocacies for life, freedom, justice, and solidarity in the service of the family, the local and global communities, the Church and the environment.
— Implement relevant projects and activities that speak of Christian compassion to the poor and the marginalized in order to raise their quality of life
— Show respect for the human person, regardless of race, religion, age, and gender
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR AND COLLABORATOR
— Express myself clearly, correctly, and confidently in various environments, contexts, and technologies of human interaction
— Work productively with individuals or groups from diverse cultures and demographics
— Show profound respect for individual differences and/or uniqueness as members of God’s creation
ANALYTICAL AND CREATIVE THINKER
— Show judiciousness and resourcefulness in making personal and professional decisions
— Engage in research undertakings that respond to societal issues
— Express personal and professional insights through an ethical and evidence-based approach
— Engage in reflective practice to ensure disciplinal relevance and professional development
— Exhibit preparedness and interest for continuous upgrading of competencies required by the profession or area of specialization
— Manifest fidelity to the teachings of Christ, mediated by the Catholic Church, in the continuous deepening of faith and spirituality in dealing with new life situations and challenges
The Nine Directional Areas
To form servant leaders who espouse Thomasian ideals and values as they collaborate the university in fulfilment of her mission and actively take part in nation-building
Leadership and Governance
To fully actualize a proactive, systematic, and mission oriented University leadership and governance in order to be recognized as a premier institution of learning in Asia.
Teaching and Learning
To be a world-class institution of higher learning
Research and Innovation
To become globally acknowledged expert in pioneering and innovative research in the arts and humanities, social science, business management and education, health and allied sciences, science and technology, and the sacred sciences
Student Welfare and Services
To promote and ensure student academic achievement and life success through responsive and empirical based services of global standards
Community Development and Advocacy
To become a vibrant community of evangelizers actively engaged in social transformation through advocacy and ministry
To be an institution of preeminent influence in the global community by taking proactive stance in social, cultural, and moral advocacies and assuming a lead role in national and international policy formulation
To promote internationalization and integrate it into the institution’s strategic plans and initiatives for the purpose of preparing students for a role in the global arena of ideas and work
To provide a conducive learning and working environment with state of the art facilities and resources in a self-sustainable University through the engagement of professional Thomasian workforce who meets international standards and adapts to global change
QS Four-Star University (since 2015)
One of the World’s Top 1000 Universities
Associate Member (since 2016)
12 AUN-QA Certified Bachelor’s Programmes
National Historical Landmark (since 2012)
Pontifical University (since 1902)
The Catholic University of the Philippines (since 1947)
Home to Four National Cultural Treasures (2010)
Main Building, Central Seminary Building, Arch of the Centuries, and the Grandstand and Open Field
Highest Number of Accredited Programs in the Philippines and NCR
Highest Number of Level IV Accredited Programs in the Philippines
ISO 9001:2015 Certified
Philippine Quality Award (2006)
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