Campus Life

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August 7, 2018 Vice-Chancellor reminds Thomasian community of their role and mission as Dominicans
August 2, 2018 Apostolic Nuncio Caccia opens Academic Year 2018-2019, reminds UST to be home to researchers of the truth
July 10, 2018 UST posts 84.19% passing rate in June 2018 licensure examination, produces three topnotchers
May 25, 2018 Thomasian biochemistry, medical technology students dominate 2nd MMHRDC International Symposium
May 17, 2018 Sobinsky, 2017 accountancy grad, recognized by Institute of Certified Management Accountants
May 16, 2018 UST wins 42nd UAAP General Championship
April 30, 2018 IICS students, faculty present papers in 3rd int’l conference on computer and communication systems
March 7, 2018 Bachmann, BPE-SWM student, wins Best Presenter award in San Beda colloquium on physical education
February 8, 2018 UST posts 100% passing rate in physical therapy boards, ranks 3rd top performing school in occupational therapy
December 12, 2017 BioSci receives DNA sequencer, Ion OneTouch 2 system for teaching, genomics research from Philab Industries
December 12, 2017 Nursing grads obtain perfect score in November 2017 boards, 12 in top 10
December 4, 2017 UST retains four-star QS rating, improves in research and internationalization
December 4, 2017 Physical therapy students defend championship in intercollegiate anatomy contest
September 22, 2017 UST produces 468 new physicians; grads dominate top 10 list
September 20, 2017 VP Robredo talks about selflessness in service in Commerce founding anniversary forum
September 19, 2017 Master of the Order interacts with Thomasian community
September 19, 2017 Simbahayan opens Hindi na Muli sa Batas Militar forum, opens ML exhibit
September 15, 2017 Exhibit on Santísimo Rosario Parish opened in UST Museum
September 14, 2017 US Ambassador Kim interacts with student leaders, discusses state of PH-US relations
September 14, 2017 UST is PHL’s top 2 university in QS employability rankings 2018
September 12, 2017 UST now officially found in Legazpi with Aquinas name change
September 7, 2017 UST tops Sept 2017 electrical engineering boards, Navarro is Top 6
September 5, 2017 UST is 2nd top performing school in August 2017 pharmacist boards, 4 in top 10
September 5, 2017 UST hosts 2017 Taiwan Ambassadors Night
July 6, 2017 UST is School of the Year once more in Philippine Student Quill Awards, brings home 41 plums
June 1, 2017 Thomasian IT, IS graduates lead Philippine passers of IT Professionals Exams
May 21, 2017 UST hosts Lakbay Buhay Mass, advocacy program against Death Penalty
May 20, 2017 UST is UAAP general champion, turns over chairmanship to FEU
May 19, 2017 Graduates reminded to appreciate those closest to them in 2017 Baccalaurate Mass
May 11, 2017 HRM students win plums in Hong Kong culinary contest
May 10, 2017 Libaton, 2016 BSA grad, ranks 2nd in worldwide management accountant exams
March 14, 2017 UST produces 193 new pharmacists, Pavon clinches top spot
March 1, 2017 Occupational therapy, speech-language pathology interns join Seton Hall University Global Internship Experience Program
February 18, 2017 Electrical Engineering students win championship in nat’l quiz show
February 16, 2017 EHS welcomes Samroiyod Wittayakom School, Thailand delegates, highlights culture and English proficiency
February 13, 2017 Mandaluyong City recognizes Rehab Sciences for service through internship
February 11, 2017 Senior BSEd English students present papers on language education in ICALLE
February 8, 2017 UST is 2nd top performing school in Feb. 2017 occupational therapy boards, grads in top 10
February 3, 2017 BSc Chem. Eng’g. students present papers, win award in Thai confab
February 3, 2017 UST is only top performing school in January 2017 Architecture boards; 3 in top 10
January 31, 2017 Pharmacy, BioChem students win pre-med quiz bee
January 31, 2017 Nursing welcomes inbound exchange students from Deakin University
January 23, 2017 Neo-Centennial Youth Retreat emphasizes call for Dominican youth to embrace their mission
January 23, 2017 Medicine Awareness Week opens
January 20, 2017 Senior BS Electronics Engg students win championship in nat’l computer research symposium
January 16, 2017 UST welcomes largest first batch of EU-SHARE fellows for student exchange
January 15, 2017 Vouching Tigers of Accountancy win championship in audit case tournament
January 13, 2017 Data Privacy Act, protocol in academic settings discussed in administrators’ seminar
January 11, 2017 Pailma of Lady Fencers bags gold medal in Brunei Open Fencing Championship
January 11, 2017 3 industrial eng’g grads make it to top 20 of certified IE exams, UST logs 93.42% passing rate
December 14, 2016 UST is top performing school in 2016 Nursing Licensure Exams; 18 in top 10
December 9, 2016 UST donates more than half a million worth of goods and cash to victims of Typhoon Lawin in Cagayan
November 17, 2016 UST is 4th top performing school, produces most new civil engineers in November 2016 boards
November 14, 2016 Espiritu, Patron, BLIS seniors, hailed as 25th LIS Wizard Champions in UP tilt
October 22, 2016 Senior High group wins 2nd place in choral recitation contest, awarded for most creative costume
October 20, 2016 UST is 2nd top performing school in Oct. 2016 CPA boards; 5 in top 10
October 7, 2016 UST produces 115 new mechanical engineers; lands as 3rd top performing school
October 7, 2016 UST produces 30 new chemists; Gervacio, Yee in Top 10
September 26, 2016 Medicine kicks off countdown to 150th anniversary
September 23, 2016 Odegard of Notre Dame, USAID-STRIDE lectures on semiconductor industry
September 16, 2016 Grand Master of Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem visits UST
September 15, 2016 BS MedTech students best 54 other schools in PASMETH quiz bee
September 7, 2016 UST tops Sept. 2016 Electrical Engineering boards, Vivo lands in Top 10
September 6, 2016 UST is 2nd top performing school in Aug. 2016 psychometrician boards; 6 in top 10
September 3, 2016 79th season of UAAP opens in UST
September 2, 2016 5 BS Nursing seniors attend 2-week course in Duke University, USA
September 1, 2016 UST launches alliance of legislators, alumni, and students
September 1, 2016 Exchange students and faculty from NUHW, Japan visit CRS
August 31, 2016 Taiwan youth ambassadors perform in UST as part of cultural exchange
August 28, 2016 Arangat of Fotomasino elected Chariman of Junio PhotoWorld Cup 2016
August 13, 2016 BS PT students present in the 7th APTSA Congress
August 7, 2016 AB student leaders attend international leadership symposium in Vietnam
August 6, 2016 Architecture students, alumni explore London, Scotland in annual architectural trip
August 6, 2016 CRS accepts exchange students from INTI International University, Malaysia
July 31, 2016 Four BS ECE students undergo Research Internship Programs in Thailand
July 29, 2016 Eight engineering students participate in int’l. summer program in Taiwan’s NTUST
July 7, 2016 PAN-Omega Chapter wins first place in digital video making contest
June 28, 2016 See ranks 1st, Silvestre ranks 8th, lead 145 new Thomasian architects in June 2016 boards
June 24, 2016 CRS Sports Science Department hosts exchange students from California Baptist University and Seton Hall University
June 17, 2016 8 Thomasians attend June-July summer program of University of British Columbia
June 10, 2016 Bance, de Leon, Bonifacio of CCC attend NACE conference through USAID grant
June 12, 2016 BS, MS Biological Science students win awards in first Philippine freshwater biodiversity symposium
April 15, 2016 Sandoval, Felipe of CS, Gica of IT top Philippine IP Score passers for April 2015
February 1, 2016 Mahidol University, Thailand sends MedTech students for exchange program
January 30, 2016 Engineering students win 2nd and 3rd places in Electrical & Electronics Engineering quiz show
January 27, 2016 Santo Tomas e-Service Providers complex blessed
January 27, 2016 Asian Studies Society holds Model ASEAN Summit
January 26, 2016 Pharmacy student leaders raise awareness on various issues through info. campaign 
January 22, 2016 Psychology students place 2nd in inter-school quiz bee
January 16, 2016 10 BS Computer Science seniors win at the Philippine Programming Challenge
January 14, 2016 UST Simbahayan co-hosts Philippine Dominican Justice, Peace and Care for Creation Assembly
January 13, 2016 Naguit of Medicine elected president of student election management group
December 18, 2015 UST ends 2015 with annual Paskuhan festival
December 15, 2015 Accountancy students bag championship in 1st KPMG Tax Case Competition
December 10, 2015 Eñano, BSHRM, wins international virtual business hotel competition
December 2, 2015 Nursing obtains 100% passing rate in Nov. 2015 exams; ranked top performing school; 24 in Top 10
October 30, 2015 UST produces 32 new chemists, grad ranks 8th in 2015 boards
October 14, 2015 UST hosts three-day Dominican Family Retreat in preparation for Order of Preachers’ 8th centenary
October 3, 2015 Salinggawi Dance Troupe ranks 2nd in 2015 Cheerdance Competition, wins in Group Stunts category
October 3, 2015 Dequina, Francisco, BS Chem. Eng’g. attend PTT ASEAN Camp in Bangkok
October 2, 2015 Sonza, Anatacio of HRM emerge as champions in culinary contest
September 17, 2015 Cabantog, Contreras, Obciana, Pua of BS MedTech rank 2nd in 2015 PAMET-PASMETH quiz bee
September 11, 2015 Rehab. Sciences participate in NUWH Japan seminar on inter-professional education
September 5, 2015 Metrobank Foundation, DepEd, UST launch 2015 National Teachers Month Celebration
September 5, 2015 BS Travel Mngt. students de Guzman, Santos win Phl Travel Mart contests
September 4, 2015 Chuo University, Japan students visit UST
September 2, 2015 Alumni basketball aficionados donate funds for UST’s UAAP Season 78 bid
August 31, 2015 Siguenza, BSHRM, wins bronze medal in 2015 Philippine Culinary Cup
August 24, 2015 Naguit of Medicine wins 1st place in Harvard Project Asia Conference
August 24, 2015 Magno, BS Chem. Eng’g., wins 2nd place in Harvard Project Asia Conference
August 23, 2015 Civil engineering students host inter-school bridge design contest
August 10, 2015 Del Carmen, Advertising Arts alumnus, comes home as Co-Director of Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out”
August 8, 2015 BSBA major in Marketing Management students win championship in UPJFA Venture 2015
August 1, 2015 Guidance & Counseling Dept. now the Counseling & Career Center
July 28, 2015 Aperocho of Special Education represents UST in Special Olympics Social Impact Summit, attends Special Olympics World Games
July 25, 2015 Science sends BS Applied Physics OJT students partner universities abroad
July 22, 2015 Crisis Management seminar-workshop held
July 19, 2015 UST posts 93.56% passing rate in Pharmacy boards; 4 in top 10
July 6, 2015 Naguit of Medicine recognized as Best Delegate in ASEAN youth exchange
June 6, 2015 Wong of Commerce makes it to Top 30 Finalists of Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines
May 15, 2015 UST sends off 8,048 graduating students for 2015-2016
May 8, 2016 UST recognizes its outstanding learners for 2015-2016

UST’s Campus Life

The University pulsates with youthful life. UST students number anywhere between 42,000 to 44,000 students, where some 12,000 are freshmen. Seen on campus are different manifestations of academic life from students whose backs are stooped while making sketches of University landmarks for their course requirements, to those whose eyes are glued on the pages of their books and e-books, reading intently for class, and the students who tirelessly rehearse dance steps for their physical edyucation practical exams. Others are either on their way to or from class, walking with friends or just by themselves, traversing the two-way streets named after the University’s illustrious alumni.

Not everything on campus, however, is solely about the Thomasians’ academic development because the University’s goal is to provide them with holistic formation. Students are also immersed in community development activities that take place in campus, such as the annual Pistang Tomas Community Trade Fair usually held at the Quadricentennial Square in December. Food and other indigenous products of the partner communities and organizations are put on sale. This is not only a venue for students to help the partner communities, and interact with their members, but also this becomes an avenue for inculcating the values of social responsibility. Eventually, these students will take conscious efforts to transform society.

ust-letters“There is more fun in UST!” Fun activities also take place in España. Freshmen curiously visit the student organization booths lined up at the Plaza Mayor, and look into groups that will match their interest, skills and needs through ‘Recruitment 101’ that takes place every first month of the academic year. Before the academic year ends, graduating students flock to the Benavides Plaza to take part in the annual Job Fair where more than a hundred companies join. Graduating students eagerly check out company booths for schedules of company orientation and go over glossy company flyers, brochures being distributed, excited over potential employers.

Aside from fun activities are religious and historical events. In August, freshmen take the traditional “Freshmen Welcome Walk” by passing through the Arch of the Centuries as a symbol of ‘becoming Thomasians’ because the same Arch was the doorway of the University when it was still in Intramuros. This is called the “Rite of Passage.”
This culminates in the traditional concelebrated Mass where the Rector himself presides and takes the opportunity to personally welcome the new set of UST students.

welcome-walkIn December, the UST Grandstand and the Open Field become the site of ‘Paskuhan’. It starts with the Panunuluyan–the search of Joseph and Mary for the inn where Jesus was to be born. This is followed by the concelebrated Christmas Mass which usually coincides with the beginning of the Misa de Gallo. A program featuring mainstream live bands ensue, and the celebration ends with the much-anticipated fireworks display.

In May, graduating students gather at the Grandstand for the Baccalaureate Mass. After the Eucharistic celebration are post-Mass activities that include the blessing and imposition of the Thomasian Mission Cross, the recitation of the Thomasian Pledge of Loyalty, and the Ceremony of the Light. This is followed by the fireworks display and the send-off rites where the Rector and the Secretary General lead the candidates for graduation in passing through the Arch of the Centuries. This time, the students symbolically “leave the University” by walking through the Arch facing España Blvd. This is a symbolic act of their “readiness to face the challenges of professional life and fulfill the mission of serving the Church, the nation and the family as future Thomasian professionals.”

The landscaped open spaces known as Benavides Garden which starts from the Benavides Monument and ends at the Arch of the Centuries, the Plaza Mayor fronting the Main Building, the Quadricentennial Square found between the Main Building and the Benavides Library – all are teeming with students exhibiting mixed emotions of happiness and anxiety, but are generally excited about prospects of a new day in class or off-campus, confident that today’s inputs reached after hours of group practice or study will merit a positive outcome.