The Commission on Higher Education conferred upon the Quality Excellence Award upon the University of Santo Tomas on May 18, 2022, in recognition of the thirteen (13) program areas that have been designated as Centers of Excellence.
In the notification letter addressed to the Grand Chancellor, Very Rev. fr. Gerard Francisco P. Timoner III, O.P., SThL-MA, the recognition is given for the programs’ “valuable contributions in uplifting and sustaining quality and excellence in higher education in their respective programs, disciplines, and areas of responsibility.” The letter was signed by CHED Executive Director IV Atty. Cinderella Filipina S. Benitez-Jaro.
The University’s 13 Centers of Excellence are as follows: Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Elementary Education, Hotel and Restaurant Management (now Hospitality Management), Medical Technology, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Psychology, Teacher Education (Elementary and Secondary Education), and Tourism/Travel Management.
UST ranked third among universities with the most number of Centers of Excellence. A total of nine Philippine HEIs were given the award by CHED, led by Chairman J. Prospero de Vera IV. Receiving the recognition on behalf of UST were Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Cheryl R. Peralta, DrPH and Secretary-General fr. Louie R. Coronel, O.P., EHL.