About Us

About Us

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.

At a Glance

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Degree-Granting Academic Units
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Years of Quality Catholic Education
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Over 40,000 Students

Identity

Mission

Vision

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.

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

Motto

Veritas in Caritate

Thomasian Core Values

Competence

Commitment

Compassion

The SEAL of Thomasian Education and Thomasian Graduate Attributes

With Christ at the center of my formation as a Thomasian, I am expected to demonstrate the following Thomasian Graduate Attributes (ThoGAs):

SERVANT LEADER

— 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

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR AND COLLABORATOR

— 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

ANALYTICAL AND CREATIVE THINKER

— 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

LIFELONG LEARNER

— 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

UST Quality Policy

The Nine Directional Areas

Thomasian Identity

To form a community of Shepherds towards a vibrant faith ecosystem

Leadership and Governance

To develop dynamic and competent administrative and academic leaders within the organization who exemplify the leadership qualities of a true Thomasian and who ensure that the institution’s vision is realized

Teaching and Learning

To be a world-class institution of higher learning

Research and Innovation

To become a 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

Student Welfare and Services

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

Community Development and Advocacy

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

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

Internationalization

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

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 a professional Thomasian workforce who meets international standards and adapts to global change

Institutional Recognitions

Commission on Higher Education

Autonomous Status (since 2002)

Delivering Higher Education Institution

ASEAN University Network - Quality Assurance

Institutional Certification (2019-2024)

Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS)

Four Stars University (since 2014)

One of the 1000 Universities in the World

The Holy See

Pontifical University (since 1902)

The Catholic University of the Philippines (since 1947)

National Museum of the Philippines

Home of Four National Cultural Treasures (since 2010):

Arch of the Centuries, Central Seminary, Main Building, and the Grandstand and Open Spaces

National Historical Commission of the Philippines

National Historical Landmark (since 2012)

TUV-SUD

ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation

Highest Number of Accredited Programs in the Philippines

Highest Number of Level IV Accredited Programs in the Philippines

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