Mission and Vision

UST Identity

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.


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.


Veritas in Caritate (Eph 4:15)

The Nine Directional Areas


Thomasian Identity

To form servant leaders who espouse Thomasian ideals and values as they collaborate with the University in the fulfillment of her mission and actively take part in the 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 premiere institution of Learning in Asia

Teaching and Learning

To be a world-class institution of higher learning

Research and Innovation

To become an internationally 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

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

Public Presence

To be an institution of preeminent influence in the global community by taking a proactive stance in social, cultural, and moral advocacies and assuming a lead role in national and international policy formulation

Resource Management

To provide a conductive 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


To promote internationalization and integrate it into the institution’s strategic plans and initiatives for the purpose of preparing students for a productive engagement in the global arena of ideas and work