The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry program of the University of Santo Tomas – Faculty of Pharmacy received its three-year Level III Re-Accredited Status from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), a letter from PACUCOA Chairman Conrado E. Ińigo, Jr., PhD revealed. The announcement, made public on June 9, 2020, brings a new feather on the BS Biochemistry program’s cap. It now enjoys the new PACUCOA level, as well as the ASEAN University Network Quality Assurance Group Certification.
A Level III Re-Accredited status grants the program the authority to offer new courses allied to existing Level III courses without need for prior approval, as well as the privileges to offer new graduate programs, offer open learning / distance education, and offer extension classes and transnational education. It likewise allows programs to enjoy the benefits of those in Levels I and II, such as full administrative deregulation, financial deregulation in terms of setting tuition fees and other charges, authority to revise curriculum without CHED approval, and priority in the awards of grants / subsidies of funding assistance from CHEd.