The University of Santo Tomas was recognized with the Casa Asia award for “being a historical, academic, and cultural reference, as well as playing a key role in education and training in the Philippines for more than 400 years, which turns it into the oldest modern university in Asia.” In particular, UST’s library was hailed for its preservation of invaluable heritage through the centuries, done by both preserving the physical copies and by massive digitization efforts.
The Casa Asia awards aims to “recognize and disseminate the work of individuals and entities, both public and private, that have stood out for their work in the economic, social, educational, cultural, or development cooperation, promoting dignity and human rights in the Asia-Pacific region, and/or contribute or have contributed to promoting knowledge, dialogue, and relations between Spain and the Asia-Pacific region. A commemorative engraving and 1,500 euros will be granted to UST during the forthcoming 2021 awards ceremony.
Casa Asia is a public consortium consisting of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, the Generalitat of Catalonia, and the Barcelona and Madrid City councils. It aims to “contribute to better understanding between Spain and Asian countries and to promote institutional, economic, cultural, and educational relations as well as encouraging exchanges in the domains of culture, ideas, and projects of shared interest.”