The University of Santo Tomas, through the Office for International Relations and Programs and the UST Graduate School, will open a program on PhD (by research) in Architecture starting in AY 2018-2019. The program will be the first to be offered in the Philippines. This move is the offshoot of the efforts of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the British Council-Philippines on Transnational Education Programmes.
CHED and the British Council identified 10 higher education institutions in the country which will form part of Universities Philippines, aimed at prioritizing graduate education. It is a unique partnership between select higher education institutions in the Philippines, all working together to provide excellent programs in key educational areas and the universities working together to facilitate transitions and capacity building between institutions. All 10 universities will open graduate programs either in the masters or doctoral level in partnership with select UK universities.
The Philippine and UK universities involved in the project are the following:
- University of Santo Tomas and the University of Reading
- Ateneo de Manila University and Queen Mary University of London
- De La Salle University and Liverpool Hope University
- University of the Philippines and the University of Reading
- Saint Louis University and University of Derby
- Silliman University and Newcastle University
- Miriam College and Goldsmiths University of London
- Bicol University and University of Liverpool
- Central Luzon State University and Swansea University
- University of San Carlos and Coventry University
All 10 Philippine universities will focus on different programs, with UST concentrating on the field of Architecture. Other programs to be opened by the other universities are PhD in Engineering by University of San Carlos and Coventry University, MSc in Data Science by De La Salle University and Liverpool Hope University, among others.
On top of this project are Dr. Lilian J. Sison, the founding Director of the Office for International Relations and Programs and UST Graduate School Dean, Dr. Marilu R. Madrunio.