The timeliness and timelessness of the University of Santo Tomas extend beyond the four walls of the campus. Recognizing the value of strong and beneficial partnerships, UST maintains linkages with partner universities and educational institutions here and abroad, with the top players in the industry, with Philippine government institutions, and with the respected professional organizations.

Such partnerships and linkages allow UST to engage in meaningful collaboration, that leads to student and faculty mobility, research collaboration, joint scientific activities, scholarship grants, curricular enhancement, and policy formulation, among others.


Internationalization is a thrust of the University of Santo Tomas, in its attempt to foster mutually beneficial and enriching partnerships with educational institutions, associations, and consortia. Such a thrust has several facets: student mobility, academic and administrative staff mobility, program mobility, research collaboration, and the conduct of joint scientific/academic activities.

All these are facilitated by the Office of International Relations and Programs (OIRP), established in 2013. The OIRP liaises with the different faculties, colleges, institutes, and schools, which have their own Internationalization Coordinators, for the efficient management of the University’s linkages.

As of January 2018, the linkages total to 164 in 30 countries, spread across five continents.

Read about our INTERNATIONALIZATION efforts.


Academic / Administrative Staff Mobility

Academic/Administrative Staff Mobility

Date News Item
February 18, 2016 Pharmacy, MedTech host Balik Scientists
February 4, 2016 Alloro, Eng’g. Balik Scientist, delivers exit presentation

Diplomatic Corps

H.E. Sung Y. Kim, Ambassador of the United States of America to the Philippines

(September 14, 2017)

H.E. Carlos C. Salinas, Ambassador of the Philippines to the Kingdom of Spain

(April 2017)

H.E. Rolando A. Guevara Alvarado, Ambassador of Panama to the Philippines


H.E. Esra Cankorur, Ambassador of Turkey to the Philippines


Industry Partnership

The University actively engages the industry, appreciating the fact that for its curricular offerings to be relevant, they must be responsive to the needs of the industry. UST’s graduates are employed in respectable institutions and companies locally and abroad, and members of the industry involve themselves in revising and updating curricular offerings in several academic units. Likewise, our partners in the industry help make Thomasians’ dreams come true, through their generous support and continued assistance through scholarships and other forms of grants.

Scholarship Foundations

For Academic Year 2016-2017, the following Partner Foundations provided scholarship grants to Thomasians, through the San Martin de Porres External Scholarships:

— Aboitiz Equity Ventures, INc.

— Ayala Foundation, Inc.

— CTC Foundation, Inc. (Casas + Architects, Inc.)

— Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc.

— Commission on Higher Education

— Daewoong Pharma Phils., Inc.

— Equitable Foundation, Inc.

— Megaworld Foundation, Inc.

— Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI)

— MBFI – Access II

— MBFI – Boysen (Pacific Paint Philippines, Inc.)

— MBFI – Fluor

— Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) – Regional Welfare Office

— Philippine Business for Education

— Philippine S & T Development Foundation – Manila, Inc.

— PhilDev – Goldilocks (Goldilocks Bakeshop, Inc.)

— PhilDev – Shell (Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc.)

— Rebisco Foundation, Inc.

— Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (SEI-DOST)

— SY^2 Foundation, Inc.

Media Organizations

The University of Santo Tomas has standing Memoranda of Agreement / Understanding with the following media outfits:

— ABS-CBN University



— ABS-CBN University

National Policy-Making

Technical Panels / Committees

Architecture, Fine Arts, and Other Related Programs

Assoc. Prof. Lilia C. de Jesus, PhD (Graduate School)

Biology and Molecular Biology

Prof. John Donnie A. Ramos, PhD (College of Science)

Business and Management Education

Prof. Eduardo G. Ong, PhD (Graduate School)

Engineering and Technology

Asst. Prof. Dolores S.D. Cleofas, PhD (Faculty of Engineering)

Health Professions Education

Assoc. Prof. Ma. Frieda Z. Hapan, PhD (Faculty of Pharmacy)

Prof. Cheryl R. Peralta, DrPH (College of Rehabilitation Sciences)

Humanities Education

Professor Emeritus Alfredo P. Co, PhD (Faculty of Arts and Letters)

Science and Mathematics

Professor Emeritus Fortunato III B. Sevilla, PhD (College of Science)

Social Sciences and Communication

Prof. Ma. Claudette A. Agnes, PhD (College of Science)

Transnational and Distance Education

Prof. Belen L. Tangco, PhD (Graduate School)

Assoc. Prof. Ma. Ninia I. Calaca, MA (College of Science)

Institutional Sustainability Assessment (ISA) Teams

Institutional Sustainability Assessment

Prof. Clarita D.L. Carillo, PhD, Assessor

Nutrition and Dietetics Continuing Professional Development Council

Assoc. Prof. Zenaida F. Velasco, MA


Pharmacy Continuing Professional Development Council

Prof. Aleth Therese L. Dacanay, PhD


Physical Therapy Continuing Professional Development Council

Prof. Cheryl R. Peralta, DrPH


Psychology Continuing Professional Development Council

Prof. Maria Claudette A. Agnes, PhD


Teacher Education Council

Prof. Allan B. de Guzman, PhD (College of Education)

Representative for Luzon

Networks UST is a part of

ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS)

European Union – Support for Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (EU-SHARE)EU SHARE logo
Asian University Presidents Forum (AUPF)
Association of Southeast Asian Institutes of Higher Learning (ASAIHL)

Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU)

N.B. UST’s Rector, Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., PhD, is the incumbent Executive Secretary / President.

International Association of Universities (IAU)
International Council of the Universities of Saint Thomas Aquinas

International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU)

N.B. UST’s Rector, Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., PhD, is a board member.

The Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP)
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Organ Donation Innovative Strategies in Southeast Asia (ODISSEA)
South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion (SSEASR)
Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization – Regional Center for Education Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO-INNOTECH)
University Museums and Collections (UMAC)
New Colombo Plan
University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP)


University Visitors

The University of Santo Tomas is a proud host of many international visitors, from foreign dignitaries to representatives–both faculty and students–from educational institutions abroad.

Date News Item
February 16, 2017 EHS welcomes Samroiyod Wittayakom School, Thailand delegates, highlights culture and English proficiency
January 12, 2017 Nat’l Taiwan University – System officials meet UST counterparts, deepen existing ties
April 15, 2016 US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg delivers lecture in UST
March 29, 2016 Brunei’s St. George’s School delegates visit UST
February 13, 2016 Australian Ambassador lauds partnership between UST and Curtin University
November 24, 2015 Rehab. Sciences, Nursing, Medicine receive Father Muller Charitable Institutions, India director
November 12, 2015 Vairamon of Stella Maris College, India visits Science for possible linkage
September 4, 2015 University of Glasgow, Singapore officials explore collaboration opportunities with UST
September 4, 2015 Chuo University, Japan students visit UST

Professional Organizations

Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) International Academic Advisory Committee

Engr. Nestor R. Ong, ASEAN Eng., PIE, MSIE

Member – 2017 – Present

Philippine Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

TreasurerProf. Grecebio Jonathan D. Alejandro, Dr. rer. nat.

Auditor – Asst. Prof. Andrea Vargas, PhD

Directors – Asst. Prof. Peter C. Torres, MSc

Immediate Past President Prof. John Donnie A. Ramos, PhD

as of December 2017

Biology Teachers Association

Prof. John Donnie A. Ramos, PhD

National Vice-President – May 2017 to April 2019

National Association of Certified Public Accountants in Education

Mr. Francisco M. Caliwan, Jr.

Vice-President for Professional Development – July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

National Capital Region School Registrars’ Association

Mr. Cesar M. Velasco, Jr., MBA

President – 2017

Assoc. Prof. Giovanna V. Fontanilla, APR, PhD

Member, Board of Directors – Public Relations Society of the Philippines


Philippine Educational Institutions

The University of Santo Tomas likewise has standing memoranda of agreement with educational institutions in the Philippines.

— Ateneo de Davao University

— Aklan Catholic College

— St. Louis College – La Union

— Universidad de Sta. Isabel

— University of Immaculate Conception (Davao)

— University of Mindanao

— University of San Agustin (Iloilo)

— University of San Carlos (Cebu)

— University of Santo Tomas – Legazpi (Albay)