The University

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.

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


— 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


— 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

The Nine Directional Areas

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.

Thomasian Identity

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

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

Resource Management

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

Public Presence

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

Community Development and Advocacy

To become a vibrant community of evangelizers actively engaged in social transformation through advocacy and ministry

Student Welfare and Services

To promote and ensure student academic achievement and life success through responsive and empirical based services of global standards


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

Institutional Awards

QS Four Stars (2015)

N.B. UST is the first and so far, only university in the Philippines with this distinction.



QS 2016 Top 151-200 Employability Rankings (World); Rank #1 in the Philippines
Associate Member (since January 13, 2016)

The University of Santo Tomas was granted associate membership in January 2016. In February 2017, four of its undergraduate programs–BS Accountancy, BSc Biology, BSc Chemistry, BSc Psychology–underwent assessment at programme level.

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ASEAN University Network – Quality Assurance Group

Autonomous Status (since 2002)
The University of Santo Tomas was granted the Autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Education for exemplary performance not just in education but also in research and extension services. This entitles the University to design its own curricula, offer new programs and put up branches or satellite campuses without having to secure permits, confer honorary degrees, and carry out operations without much interference from CHED.

Commission on Higher Education

Institutional Accreditation (2012-2017)

Institutional accreditation is the highest certification that can be given to an educational institution after a consideration of the university’s number of individual program accreditations and the result of an overall evaluation of the quality of its facilities, services and faculty.

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Federation of Accrediting Associations of the Philippines

Highest Number of Accredited Programs in NCR and the Philippines (2015)

Highest Number of Level IV Accredited Programs in NCR and the Philippines (2015)

Highest Number of Level III Accredited Programs in NCR and the Philippines (2015)

Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation
ISO 9001:2008 Certification

ISO 9001:2008 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard in the family that can be certified (although this is not a requirement). It can be used by any organization, large or small, regardless of its field of activity. In fact ISO 9001:2008 is implemented by over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries.



National Historical Landmark (2012)

The entire University of Santo Tomas campus in España, Manila was declared a National Historic Landmark of the Philippines in 2012, with the marker installed at the base of the statue of Archbishop Miguel de Benavides, O.P., the founder of UST.

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National Historical Commission of the Philippines

Home of Four National Cultural Treasures, the first within educational institutions to be declared as such (2010)

The UST Main Building, Arch of the Centuries, Central Seminary, and Open Spaces (Parade Grounds) were declared as National Cultural Treasures of the Philippines last January 25, 2010. A National Cultural Treasure “is a unique object found locally, possessing outstanding historical, cultural, artistic, and/or scientific value, which is significant and important to this country and nation,” according to Section 3 of the Cultural Properties Preservation and Protection Act.


National Museum of the Philippines

Philippine Quality Award (2006)

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