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.


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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