The University of Santo Tomas family continues to grow, with the formal name change of Aquinas University of Legazpi to University of Santo Tomas (UST) – Legazpi, Inc. The Certificate of Filing of Amended Articles of Incorporation by UST-Legazpi was signed last September 12, 2017 (Tuesday), by Director Marylou Duka Castillo of the Legazpi Extension Office of the Pasay-based Securities and Exchange Commission.

The former Aquinas University of Legazpi is the Dominican University in Bicol. The move to rename it was based on a Acta (resolutions) from the 2012 Provincial Chapter of the Dominican Province of the Philippines, which mandated that two educational systems be formed: the UST system and the Letran system.

In an interview with UST-Manila Rector Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., he said that the close collaboration between the two universities has been there even before the integration. UST supervises some of UST-Legazpi’s Master’s programs, including Pharmacy and Law. “The collaboration will continue and will include other disciplines. It will depend on UST Legazpi [to determine] what programs to follow.”

This collaboration will eventually lead to more programs being supervised by UST Manila to re-align program standards to those applied in Manila.

Earlier this year, on July 29, 2016, a similar event took place, when UST-Manila signed the memorandum of agreement with the old Angelicum College of Quezon City. This MoA stipulated that Angelicum will be renamed UST-Angelicum College, with UST’s Rector as the latter’s own Rector and Chief Executive Officer. However, the UST-Legazpi setup takes a different form, according Fr. Dagohoy: “UST Legazpi will remain an independent university from UST Manila [and will retain] its own Board of Trustees…I will just be an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees of UST Legazpi.”