The much-anticipated report of the Rector was delivered in the morning of October 16, 2015, at the Medicine Auditorium, where the Very Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P. presented the University’s achievements from 2012-2015 to the Thomasian community.
Fr. Dagohoy stressed that the Thomasian identity is rooted in Catholic formation, presenting how UST continues to form the students spiritually, through institutionalized religious activities.
Leadership & Governance
The Rector underscored that the University must adapt to the changing times, which bring about its challenges. He then presented the changes in University administration, particularly the new offices created, such as the Office of the Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation, Office of International Relations and Programs, Academic Programs and Quality Assurance Office, Institute of Information and Computing Sciences, Senior High School, and the Social Media Bureau, among others.
The Rector likewise highlighted how UST successfully hurdled all three ISO certification audits, proving how efficient the management of the University is.
Students & Graduates
Banking on the volume of freshmen applicants every year and the ever-voluminous number of student enrollees (this year, it breached the 46,000 mark), the Rector stressed how UST remains to be a “trusted brand” in Philippine education.
The Rector stressed that as part of UST’s commitment, thousands of scholarship opportunities are provided to the students, who later on show the nation and the world the excellent Thomasian formation they received, as evidenced by, among others, excellence in licensure performance exams.
Teaching and Learning
The Rector stressed that UST remains to be one of the universities that offers quality education, as evidenced by CHED recognitions, PACUCOA, PAASCU and international accreditations. The Rector mentioned the new academic programs offered in the last three years and how these are aimed at responding to the needs of the industry.
Research & Innovation
Fr. Dagohoy expressed satisfaction at the progress of research undertakings in the University, particularly in the rise of faculty members involved, paper presentations, and publications in Scopus-indexed journals.
The Rector cited the increased amount of funding received from international and national agencies, and recognized these partners as important partners of UST in promoting a vibrant research culture.
The Rector recognized internationalization as one of the best ways to upgrade the quality of teaching and learning, for it affords UST the chance to collaborate with other institutions and share best practices, among others. He underscored that the establishment of the Office of International Relations and Programs was done to focus on this aspect.
The Rector noted the 300% increase in international mobility of students and faculty, of the increase in visiting professors, and of the continued rise of the number of formalized memoranda of understanding/agreement with universities abroad (now at 102). The Rector also cited the different international organizations and federations of which UST is part, through officials who serve as officers in the said groups.
Community Development & Advocacies
The Rector boasted of the University’s continued commitment to helping the marginalized, citing how the Simbahayan, originally aimed for the Quadricentennial in 2011, became sustained and institutionalized. The Rector presented data on the activities conducted per college, thanking the units for their efforts and urging them to continue reaching out to the needy.
He cited the University’s contributions to the various communities, and emphasized how the charitable contributions for indigent patients in the UST Hospital was 440% above the initial Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) target, allowing QS to rate UST with 5 stars for Community Involvement.
A slideshow of the people—dignitaries, the Pope, Queen Sofia of Spain, ambassadors, luminaries—who have visited UST served to show how UST has remained in the stream of public consciousness, and the Rector pointed out that with the many historic events—most recently the Papal Visit—held in whole or in part in UST, the University can lay claim to be a truly important institution.
Fr. Dagohoy presented the University’s completed infrastructure projects—the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building and the Practice Gymnasium, and presented the Central Laboratory Building, which is aimed to be operational by next academic year.
Fr. Dagohoy also bared plans for existing Dominican educational institutions in Quezon City, Legazpi, and Iloilo to be placed under the UST system, in addition to the planned campuses in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and General Santos City. Virtual tours of the planned campuses were presented to the audience, who expressed delight at the plans.
The Rector acknowledged that the recent and the coming years have been filled with challenges that bring about transitions and shifts in the educational landscape.