University of Santo Tomas

University of Santo Tomas

:"Not to be confused with University of St. Thomas."Infobox_University
name = The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas
The Catholic University of the Philippines
latin_name = Pontificia et Regalis S. Thomae Aquinatis Universitas Manilana

motto = "Veritas In Caritate"
mottoeng = Truth in Charity
established = 28 April 1611
type = Private, Roman Catholic, Dominican
chancellor = Very Rev. Fr. Carlos Azpiroz Costa, OP, JCD
vice_chancellor = Very Rev. Fr. Quirico Pedregosa, OP, S.Th.D.
rector = Very Rev. Fr. Rolando dela Rosa, OP, S.Th.D.
head_label = Vice Rector
head = Rev. Fr. Hilario Singian, OP
head_label = Secretary General
head = Rev. Fr. Isidro Abaño, OP
city = Sampaloc
state = Manila
country = Philippines
students = 33,013
undergrad = 31,179
campus = 220,000 square meters, Urban
free_label = Hymn
free = " [ The UST Hymn] "
mascot = Growling Tiger
nickname =Growling Tigers (formerly "Glowing Goldies")
affiliations = ICUSTA, IAU, ASAIHL UAAP, among others.
colors = Gold and white
website= []
The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines (or simply UST or affectionately, "Ustê"), is a private Roman Catholic university run by the Order of Preachers in Manila. One of the world's largest Catholic universities in terms of enrollment, it was founded on April 28, 1611 by the Spanish Reverend Miguel de Benavides. It has the oldest extant university charter in the Philippines. [ [ UST General Information] [] Accessed August 6, 2006] It is the oldest largest university in the city of Manila.

The University is composed of several autonomous faculties, colleges, schools and institutes, each conferring undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and the basic education units. Several degrees have been accredited by the Commission on Higher Education as Centers of Development and Centers of Excellence.

The campus is located at Manila's Sampaloc district. Composed in an almost perfect square of 300,000 square meters, [ [] Accessed April 28, 2008] the present campus was settled on 1927 when the first campus at Intramuros district was deemed inadequate for the university's growing population. The university is at the process of adding new campuses at Sta. Rosa, Laguna, General Santos City and Negombo, Sri Lanka.

The athletic teams are the "Growling Tigers", members of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and are consistent winners of the Overall Championship. Prominent Thomasians include saints, Philippine presidents, heroes and religious figures, which have figured well in the history of the Philippines.


The foundation of the University is ascribed to the Most Reverend Miguel de Benavidez, O.P., the third Archbishop of Manila. He came to the Philippines with the first Dominican mission in 1587. He went on to become bishop of Nueva Segovia, and was promoted archbishop of Manila in 1601. Upon Fr. Benavides’ death in July 1605, he bequeathed his library and personal property worth 1,500 pesos to be used as the seed fund for the establishment of an institution of higher learning. Fr. Bernardo de Santa Catalina carried out Fr. Benavides’ wishes and was able to secure a building near the Dominican church and convent in Intramuros for the College.

In 1609, permission to open the College was requested from King Philip II, which only reached Manila in 1611. On April 28, 1611, notary Juan Illian witnessed the signing of the act of foundation by Frs. Baltazar Fort, OP, Bernardo Navarro, OP, and Francisco Minado, OP. Fr. Fort, appointed that year to the post of Father Provincial, was its first Rector.

The Colegio de Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario was established on April 28, 1611, from the library of the late Fray Miguel de Benavídez, O.P., then Archbishop of Manila. Later renamed "Colegio de Santo Tomas", it was elevated by Pope Innocent X to a university on November 20, 1645 in his brief, "In Supreminenti". [ History of UST] [] Accessed August 6, 2006] . This made the university the second royal and pontifical institution in the Philippines, after the Jesuit's Universidad Máximo de San Ignacio which was founded in 1590 but closed in the 1768 following the expulsion of the Society of Jesus from the Philippines.

Its complete name is the The Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines. It was given the title "Royal" by King Charles III of Spain on March 7, 1785; "Pontifical" by Pope Leo XIII on September 17, 1902 in his constitution, "Quae Mari Sinico," and the appellative "The Catholic University of the Philippines" by Pope Pius XII on April 27, 1947.

The university was formerly located within the walled city of Intramuros in Manila. It was started by the Spanish Archbishop of Manila in the early 17th century as a seminary for aspiring young priests, taking its name and inspiration from Saint Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican theologian. The first courses offered by the Colegio de Santo Tomas were canon law, theology, philosophy, logic, grammar, the arts, and civil law. In 1871, it began offering degrees in Medicine and Pharmacy, the first in colonized Asia.

At the beginning of the 20th century, with the growing student population, the Dominican fathers bought land at the Sulucan Hills in Sampaloc, Manila and built its 215,000 square meter campus there in 1927 with the inauguration of its Main Building (the first earthquake-proof building in the Philippines). Also that year, it began accepting female enrollees. In the last four decades, the university grew into a full-fledged institution of higher learning, conferring degrees in law, medicine and various academic letters. The university has graduated Philippine national heroes, presidents, and even saints.

During World War II, the Japanese converted the campus into a concentration camp for civilians, foreigners and POWs. Some of the most brutal war crimes against American soldiers (Filipino soldiers were granted amnesty) and civilians living abroad occurred in Santo Tomas. [ [ Santo Tomas Internment Camp ] ]

Since its establishment in 1611, the University's academic life was interrupted only twice: from 1898 to 1899, during the Philippine Revolution against Spain, and from 1942 to 1945, when the University of Santo Tomas was transformed into a concentration camp by the Japanese Occupation Forces. In its long history, it has been under the leadership of more than 90 Rectors. UST's first Filipino rector was Fr. Leonardo Legaspi, O.P. who served UST from 1971-1977. Its current rector is Fr. Rolando V. de la Rosa, O.P.

In recognition of its achievements, a number of important dignitaries have officially visited the university, among them, during the last three decades: His Holiness Pope Paul VI on November 28, 1970; His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain in 1974 and 1995; Mother Teresa of Calcutta in January 1977 and again in November 1984; Pope John Paul II on February 18, 1981 and January 13, 1995 (as part of the World Youth Day 1995).

Today the University has a total enrollment of approximately 38,000 students, 33,000 undergraduates and 5,000 students in Medicine, Law and the Graduate School. The University admits about 10,000 new students out of 50,000 applicants per year, roughly 20%.

The University Seal

The seal of the University of Santo Tomas is a shield quartered by the Dominican Cross. Superimposed on the cross is the sun of Saint Thomas Aquinas, patron of Catholic schools, after whom the university is named. The sun is actually made similar to the Sun of May.

Encircling the Dominican cross are:
* On the upper left is the papal tiara, indicating that the UST is a pontifical university.
* The upper right shows the lion derived from the seal of Spain, indicative of royal patronage throughout the greater part of the university's centuries-old existence.
* The lower left is occupied by the sea lion taken from the seal of the City of Manila, the national capital, symbolizing the Republic of the Philippines.
* The rose on the lower right is a symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary under whose patronage the university was placed from its very beginnings.

The symbols are rendered in gold (except for the Dominican cross which is black and white), and are set on a field of light blue, the Marian color. [University of Santo Tomas Student Handbook, 2002 edition]

The Tongues of Fire is the official logo for the quadricentennial celebration of the university. This logo features the outline of the UST Main Building Tower as a concrete symbol of the stability, integrity and 400 years of existence that UST is proud of.

From the cross of the Main Building emanates four tongues of fire, serving as a beacon and a guiding light for the University as it makes its way to its fourth century. Taken apart, one could discern that the flame actually spells out U, S, and T. Each of the tongues of fire stoke leaders, fuels nationalism, inflames Catholicism, and charges knowledge. Taken as a whole, strips of fire also recall the stripes of the Tiger – whose endurance represents the spirit of UST.

The Quadricentennial logo was designed by Dopy Doplon, a Thomasian. [ [ Tongues of Fire] . Accessed February 22, 2008]


The main campus of the University of Santo Tomas is at the City of Manila, occupying 215,000 square meters.

Upcoming campuses are at Sta. Rosa, Laguna, occupying 440,000 square meters (campus development in progress for 2011), General Santos City, 800,000 square meters (campus development in progress for 2011), and Negombo, Sri Lanka, 50,000 square meters (campus development in progress for 2011). [ [ UST eyes Sri Lanka campus] [ The Varsitarian] . Published July 2004] The University is also in the process of establishing a presence in Mongolia. [ Presence in Mongolia, Accessed August 8, 2008] In 2011, the University will be celebrating its 400th founding anniversary, and it is projected that the new campuses will be operational by then. [ [ Fr. Lana’s term (1998-2006)] [ "The Varsitarian" website] . Accessed August 6, 2006.]

Prominent landmarks in the Manila campus include: [ [ UST Campus] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006. ]
*Arch of the Centuries
*Main Building (Administration, Law, Pharmacy, and Science)
*Albertus Magnus Building (Education and Music)
*Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy Building, and multi-deck carpark
*Beato Angelico Building (Fine Arts and Architecture)
*Benavides Building (UST High School and Graduate School)
*Roque Ruaño Building (Engineering)
*Saint Martin de Porres Building (Medicine, Nursing, Rehabilation Sciences)
*Saint Raymund de Peñafort Building (Arts and Letters, and Commerce)
*Quadricentennial Square, Alumni Park and the Tetraglobal
*Miguel de Benavides Monument
*Miguel de Benavides Library (formerly, UST Central Library)

*Plaza Mayor
*The Alumni Walkway
*Tinoco Park
*UST Botanical Garden
*UST Buildings And Grounds Office
*UST Central Seminary
*UST Grandstand and Parade Grounds
*UST Gym
*UST Health Service
*UST Hospital (USTH)
*USTH Clinical Division
*USTH-Miguel de Benavides Cancer Institute
*USTH Angelo King Auditorium
*UST Medical Arts Building
*UST Medicine Cinematorium
*UST Medicine Museum
*UST Museum of Arts & Sciences
*UST Publishing House
*Santisimo Rosario Parish
*UST Sports Complex (under construction)
*UST-Tan Yan Kee Student Center
*Thomas Aquinas Research Complex (TARC)col-end


Aside from the basic and major subjects, all undergraduate students are required to take 15 units of Theology classes. The students are also required to attend 4 physical education classes, and a choice from among ROTC, civil welfare training service, and literacy training service.

Basic education

The UST Elementary School offers primary education for children in the K-12 levels. [ [ - Elementary] ]

UST has two secondary institutions: The UST High School, and the UST Education High School whose students are more scholarly and serves as a laboratory for the College of Education. [ [ UST High School] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006] [ [ UST Education High School] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006]

All students of these institutions undergo Citizenship Advancement Training. This training aims to introduce students to the National Service Training Program that college students undergo.

Undergraduate studies

The different faculties, colleges and institutes of the University were created at different times in the University's history. The "Faculties" were founded before the American occupation of the early 20th century, while the "Colleges" were founded during and after American rule. The "Institutes" and "Departments" are found within their mother faculties/colleges. Some Institutes that attained enough enrollment were separated from their mother faculties/colleges and were made into colleges in their own right.

Centers of Excellence
*Electronics and Communication Engineering
*Medicine and Surgery
*Teacher Education

Centers of Development
*Civil Engineering
*Electrical Engineering
*Industrial Engineering
*Chemical Engineering
*Mechanical Engineering


The degree programs for undergraduate studies were first offered in 1611, where the Faculties of Sacred Theology and Philosophy were founded. [ [ Faculty of Sacred Theology] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006] [ [ Faculty of Philosophy] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006] The Faculty of Canon Law was founded in 1733. [ [ Faculty of Canon Law] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006] These three original faculties are now known as the Ecclesiastical Faculties, to distinguish them from the Secular Faculties and Colleges that were founded later. The Eccesiastical Faculties are housed at the Seminary and at the Santisimo Rosario Parish.

The Faculty of Medicine & Surgery together with the Faculty of Pharmacy were founded on the same year in 1871. The Faculty of Pharmacy offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry, Medical Technology, and Pharmacy. The Faculty of Medicine & Surgery is located at the St. Martin de Porres building, while the Faculty of Pharmacy is located at the Main Building. [ [ Faculty of Pharmacy] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006]

The Faculty of Philosophy and Letters was founded in 1896. It was merged with some programs of the College of Liberal Arts in 1965 hence renaming the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters as the Faculty of Arts and Letters (the College of Liberal Arts was renamed the College of Science). The Faculty of Arts and Letters offers the Bachelor of Arts (AB) degrees, in Asian Studies, Behavioral Science, Communication Arts, Economics, Journalism, Legal Management, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology. Arts and Letters also offers the Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Social Sciences/Studies as a double degree with the College of Education. Arts and Letters is located in the St. Raymond de Peñafort building. Its students are known as "Artlets" (previously "Philets"). The departments of Literature and Philosophy are Centers of Excellence. [ [ Faculty of Arts and Letters] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006]

In 1907, the Faculty of Engineering was founded. Currently it offers the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Computer Science, Information Management, and Information Technology degrees were transferred to it from the College of Science. The department of Electronics and Communications Engineering is named as one of the Centers of Excellence by the Commission on Higher Education. The Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering programs, on the other hand, are the Centers of Development. Engineering is located at the Roque Ruaño building, named after the priest-engineer Roque Ruaño, O.P. For practical purposes, the building is called the "Engineering building." [ [ Faculty of Engineering] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006]


The College of Education, which was founded in 1926, offers the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education major in Pre-School or Special Education, Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with majors in Computer Technology,Biology-Chemistry, Biology-General Science, Social Studies, English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Health and Music, Religious Education, or Social Guidance, the Bachelor of Library and Information Science, the Bachelor of Science in Food Technology, and Nutrition and Dietetics. In conjunction with Arts and Letters, it also offers AB-BSE Major in Social Sciences/Studies. Education is one of Centers of Excellence in the University. The college is located at the Albertus Magnus building. [ [ College of Education] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006]

The College of Science, which was founded in 1926, offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics major in Instrumentation, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics major in Actuarial Science, Microbiology (the only such program in the Philippines), and Psychology. Chemistry is a Center of Excellence, while Biology is a Center of Development. The College also offered a degree in Zoology, but was later abolished. The College of Science is located at the UST Main Building. [ [ College of Science] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006]

The College of Architecture, which was founded in 1930, offers the Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Later on, after adding a fine arts program the college was called College of Architecture and Fine Arts By the year 2000, the Fine Arts program was elevated to a separate college. The College of Architecture is housed at the Beato Angelico building. It is one of the only two Centers of Excellence in Architecture.

in 1933, the College of Commerce was created. College of Commerce offers the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in Marketing Management, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, and Business Economics (not to be confused with the AB Economics being offered by Arts and Letters) as well as Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Entrepreneurship. On 2005, the accountancy program was transferred to the new Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy ("see below"). It is housed in the St. Raymund de Penafort building together with the Faculty of Arts and Letters. The Business Administration program is a Center of Excellence. [ [ College of Commerce] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006]

The Conservatory of Music, founded in 1945, offers the Bachelor of Music degree, with majors in Keyboard (Piano, Harpsichord, Organ), Music Education, Voice, Strings and Guitar, Woodwind, Brasswind, Percussion, Composition Theory, and Conducting. Its facilities are located at the Albertus Magnus building. The Conservatory is a Center of Excellence. [ [ Conservatory of Music] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006]

The College of Nursing was founded in 1946. It currently offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which is a Center of Excellence. The college is housed in the St. Martin de Porres building. [ [ College of Nursing] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006]

The College of Rehabilitation Sciences (CRS), founded in 1974, offers the Bachelor of Science degrees in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and the Bachelor in Sports Science degree. Like Nursing, CRS is at the St. Martin de Porres building. [ [ College of Rehabilitation Sciences] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006]

The College of Fine Arts and Design was separated from the College of Architecture in 2000. It offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in Advertising, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Painting. It shares the Beato Angelico Building with the College of Architecture. [ [ College of Fine Arts and Design] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006]

The Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy was separated from the College of Commerce on November 2004. Named after one of its renowned alumnus, Alfredo M. Velayo, one of the three founding members of the Sycip-Gorres-Velayo auditing firm, the college houses students who are enrolled in the Accountancy course. With the aid of its alumni foundation, the college is now housed in its own building that was inaugurated on June 2006.

Institutes and departments

The Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) is an independent college intended for the elevation of sports and athleticism in the university. Situated at the once known as the biggest structure in the country, the historic UST Gym.

The Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management (ITHM) was separated from the College of Education in 2006. It offers both the degrees; Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management and the Bachelor of Science in Tourism.

The Department of Military Science & Tactics (DMST) was later on integrated to the NSTP (National Service Training Corps) program of the University. It provides adequate learning in the military arts in preparation for Thomasians in entering into military Service. The ROTC Department is under the DMST.

Postgraduate studies

As early as the 17th century post-graduate programs have been offered in the University of Santo Tomas through its various Faculties and Colleges.

Faculty of Civil Law

The UST Faculty of Civil Law was the first secular faculty. Although the Faculty offers the Bachelor of Laws degree, it is considered as a post baccalaureate degree, as it requires applicants to either have a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Civil Law resides in the UST Main Building. [ [ Faculty of Civil Law] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006] The Faculty of Civil Law has produced four Philippine Presidents and six Chief Justices of the Philippines. It also has a Legal Aid clinic named after one of its illustrious alumni, Chief Justice Roberto Concepcion.

A law student needs to finish at least a four year degree course before being admitted to the Faculty. He must then maintain an avereage of at least 78 in his freshman year to be readmitted to the succeeding year. The required minimum grade increases as the year level progresses (79 for the second year, 80 for the third year and 81 for fourth year). During the third year of stay in the Faculty and after finishing all the law subjects, the student is required to engage in an internship program of at least 200 hours before being admitted to the fourth year, wherein he will then be required to undergo an oral examination or "revalida" and at least two major examinations to be able to complete the whole program. Upon graduation, the student will be qualified to become a bar candidate that will be eligible to take the bar examinations in the Philippines. [ [ Faculty of Civil Law] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006]

The Faculty is one of the top performing schools in the history of the Philippine bar examinations. [Statistical Data of Bar Examination Passing Rates, Office of the Bar Confidant, Supreme Court of the Philippines, 2000-2006.] It has produced four Philippine Presidents, three Philippine Vice Presidents, six Supreme Court Chief Justices, and several law deans in the country. [Faculty and alumni list, University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law, 2007.]

Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

The UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery was founded in 1871. Medicine and Surgery offers the Doctor of Medicine degree which is a post baccalaureate degree.

The national hero of the Philippines, Jose Rizal, studied here before moving to Madrid Central University to complete his studies. Graduates of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery rank among the top scorers in the medical licensure exams, and the Faculty boasts a high passing rate overall.

In 2001, the Faculty adopted the problem-based learning method for use in the curriculum. This was highly controversial, as many professors complained that students were not learning the basic sciences adequately. [ [ Med students now approve PBL] The Varsitarian. Vol. LXXIV, No. 2 • July 10, 2002] Eventually, in 2003 the curriculum was changed again, this time to an innovate format which combined elements of both traditional (lecture-based) and problem-based methods.

The Faculty is known for giving its fourth-year students a series of written and oral exams known as the "revalida". In the oral exams, groups of three students each are questioned by panels composed of three professors on basic, clinical, and emergency medical sciences. Passing the revalida is a prerequisite to graduation.

The Faculty is a Center of Excellence. [List of Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Republic of the Philippines, 2007.] It has been consistently producing topnotchers in the annual national licensure exams for Filipino physicians. [Statistical Data of Board Examination Passing Rates, Physician Licensure Examinations, Professional Regulation Commission, 1997-2006.] It is also the alma mater of numerous Secretaries of Health of the Philippines, [History, Department of Health (DOH), Republic of the Philippines, 2007.] as well as several Presidents of the Philippine Medical Association, the national organization of medical doctors in the country. [History, Philippine Medical Association, 2007.]

Graduate School

As early as the 17th century postgraduate degrees were offered and granted by the various faculties in the University. In 1938, the UST Graduate School was established to administer and coordinate all the graduate programs in the University. The Graduate School academic programs have grown to 90 course offerings, spanning about seven clusters of disciplines. Today the UST Graduate School is recognized as a Center of Excellence in several fields of the Arts and Humanities, Allied Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Engineering by the Commission on Higher Education. [ [ Graduate School] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006] Its programs in business, public management, and education were also recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Fund for Assistance of Private Education (FAPE)- Evaluation of Graduate Education (EGEP).

Research centers

*Archivo de la Universidad de Santo Tomas (UST Archives)
*Benavides Review and Training Center
*Center for Audiological Sciences
*Center for Creative Writing and Studies
*Center for Drug Research, Evaluation and Studies
*Center for Professional Development and Consultancy
*Educational Technology Center
*Health Sciences Research Management Group
*John Paul II Center for Ecclesiastical Studies
*Miguel de Benavides Cancer Institute
*Research Center for the Health Sciences

Research centers at the Thomas Aquinas Research Center:
*Center for Applied Ethics
*Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics (CCPET)
*Center for Educational Research and Development (CERD)
*Center for Intercultural Studies
*Center for Research on Movement Science
*Research Center for the Natural Sciences
*Social Research Center
*UST Psychotrauma Clinic

University Research Office:
*UST Office of Research and Development

College Affiliated Research Offices/Units"
*Marcelo G. Casillan Sr. Quadricentennial Research Office (at the Faculty of Arts and Letters)
*Dr. Hubert Wong, Learning Resource Unit (at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery)
*Nursing Learning Resource Unit (at the College of Nursing)
*Graduate School Learning Resource Unit (at the Graduate School)
*Office of Graduate Research (at the Graduate School)
*Beato Angelico Gallery (at the Beato Angelico Building)

Proposed Research Units:
*Tubugan Research Post
*Center for Journalism Excellence
*Rapid Eye Disensitization Center - UST Psychotrauma Clinic


UST is a founding member of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. [ [ The UAAP A Historical Account] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006] The varsity team, originally the "Glowing Goldies" but has since been renamed to the "Growling Tigers" on the 1992-93 season, have won the men's basketball title 18 times since 1938. The University also has representatives for all the UAAP events.

The women's teams are called the "Tigresses", while the Juniors (high school) teams are the "Tiger Cubs".

The University has won the UAAP Seniors Overall Championship a record 35 times, and are currently holding the title for the last ten years.

The official dance troupe, the Salinggawi Dance Troupe with the official pep squad, "UST Yellow Jackets", has won the UAAP Cheerdance Competition for five consecutive seasons already. [ [ UST Claims 4th Straight Cheer Crown] [] . Accessed August 6, 2006]

In the UAAP 69th (2006-2007) season, the men's team captured the seniors basketball crown defeating the Ateneo Blue Eagles in two of the three games held. [ [ UST Tigers grab 19th UAAP title in overtime] Accessed October 3, 2006.] In women's basketball, the Lady Tigresses defeated the FEU Lady Tamaraws for the title. [ [ Tigers maul Eagles, forge rubber match; Deciding Game 3 set tomorrow] Accessed October 1, 2006.] With the championship, the UST Growling Tigers ties the UE Red Warriors with 18 UAAP senior men's basketball titles, behind the league-leading FEU Tamaraws with 19. UST also won a senior NCAA championship, to bring the total to 19 men's championships.

Notable alumni

Persons affiliated to the university, either as students, faculty members, or administrators, are known as "Thomasians". The University has produced four Presidents of the Philippines, namely Manuel L. Quezon, [ [ President Manuel L. Quezon 128th Birth Anniversary] "Manila Bulletin" (Google archive). Published August 19, 2006] Sergio Osmeña, [ [ Osmeña, Sergio] [ World War II Database] . Accessed August 22, 2006] Jose P. Laurel and Diosdado Macapagal. It has also produced three Philippine Vice Presidents and six Chief Justices of the Philippine Supreme Court.

Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon and José Rizal the Philippine national hero, are honored by the University as they are displayed on the pillars of the Arch of the Centuries.

Campus life and culture

University-wide events and traditions

*Misa de Apertura (The Opening Mass for the Academic Year)
*The Thomasian Welcome Walk - (formerly The Rites of Passage) Freshmen pass under the historic Arch of the Centuries as welcome to the university life. The Highlight of the TWW, aside from the symbolic passing, is the Eucharistic Celebration. Established in 2003. [ [] Accessed July 4, 2008.]
*The USTv Students' Choice Awards on Television - Established in 2005
*Annual UST Inter-School On-the-Spot Painting Competition - [ [] Accessed November 3, 2007] This competition has become a springboard for the young emergent artists to breakthrough the spirited world of the local and international art scene. Fine Arts students from Metro Manila including delegates from Bulacan and Cavite participate in the said competition. Established in 1941.
*Thomasian Chalk Festival - An inter-school chalk art competition. The university's way of keeping the Western European celebration of "Street Painting" alive. The infusion of different cultures are annually celebrated every February along with the National Arts Month in the stretch of the Arch of the Centuries and the Benavides Monument. [ [ UST Museum Community] Accessed November 3, 2006.] More than 150 representatives from different schools take part in this event. Established in 2002
*Student Rights and Welfare Week - spearheaded by the University Central Student Council.
*Himig Tomasino - Annual showdown of the best chorale groups of the university.
*Gawad Ustetika (Ustetika Literary Workshop and Awards) - Taunang Parangal Pampanitikan (annual competition for literary arts). Established in 1959.
*UST Paskuhan - Primered by the Eucharistic Celebration, the Paskuhan is the Thomasian way of celebrating Christmas. It is one of the most awaited events of the year showcasing different performances from different student organizations, and live bands, which is complemented with an extravagant show of pyrotechny.
*Career Seminar for Graduating Students (CARSEM)- Seminar series in preparatory activity for the job fair which features lectures on personality development.
*JOBS: The UST Job Fair
*Dangal ng UST Awards - An annual event that honors faculty members who have mead exceptional contribution in the attainment of the mission-vision of the University through their exemplary performance in teaching, research, and community service.
*The Search for the Ideal Thomasian Personality - The annual intercollegiate search highlights the values in the Thomasian identity of compassion, competence, and commitment.
*The UST International Students Fair - A fair that showcases the distinct culture of all international students in the University.
*The Sinai Youth Camp - A night of prayer and worship.
*The Thomasian Goodwill Games
*UST Baccalaureate Mass, Ceremony of the Light, and The Sending off Rites

University-wide organizations

*Alliance of Concerned Thomasians (ACT-Now!)
*Alpha Phi Omega - Pi Chapter
*Batas Tomasino
*Becarios de Santo Tomas
*YFC-Youth for Christ
*Christ Youth in Action
*Environmental Advocates Reaching Towards Humanity (EARTH-UST)
*Lingkod E.R.
*JZone UST
*Marian Evangelization Community
*Musikang Sikat ng mga Tomasino (MUSIKAT)
*People Undertaking Reforms for Excellence (P.U.R.E.)
*Red Cross Youth Council
*Rotary Club in Action
*UST Alpha Kappa Rho Fraternity/Sorority
*UST Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity
*UST Tau Gamma Sigma Sorority
*Teatro Tomasino
*TomasinoWeb (TomWeb!)- the official online based organization for the University of Santo Tomas
*Thomasian Debaters Council
*UNESCO Club of USTCol-break
*UST Amateur Radio Club - (USTARC,Inc.) "DX1UST"
*UST Circulo Hispano Tomasino- Spanish language organization
*UST Community Achievers Association (COMACH)
*UST Football Club
*UST International Students Association
*UST Lingkod E.R.
*UST Medical Missions Inc. []
*UST Mountaineering Club
*UST Pax Romana Central Coordinating Council
*UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe
*UST Scarlet - Filipino-Chinese Organization
*UST Singers
*UST Student Organizations Coordinating Council (SOCC)
*UST Tiger Dragons Rowing Crew
*UST Tomasinotaku - Japanese Culture Organization
*UST Tomcat - Thomasian Cable Television Student Volunteer Group
*UST Unicef Volunteers
*UST Yellow Jackets
*UST Yoga Club


UST Publishing House and UST Press

The USTPH was established in 1996. While it takes its inspiration from the four-century-old UST Press (founded in 1593), it is an entirely different entity. The USTPH, with the former UST Printing Office as its printing arm, is responsible for the publication of scholarly books, outstanding faculty researches and monographs, quality textbooks in all levels, artworks and designs, as well as other educational printed materials. Equipped with state-of-the-art printing machines from Germany and top-of-the-line computers from the United States, Japan, and other countries, the USTPH is envisioned to purvey extensively the creative and innovative outputs of the academe, not only within, but also outside the University's 21.5-hectare campus. [ [] Accessed February 22, 2008]

Academic and research journals

*"Acta Manilana", a journal for the natural and applied sciences
*"Ad Veritatem", a multi-disciplinary research journal of the UST Graduate School
*"Boletin Ecclesiastico", the Official Interdiocesian Journal of UST
*"Journal for the Arts, Culture and Humanities", a journal of the Center for Intercultural Studies
*"Karunungan: A Journal of Philosophy
*"Philippiniana Sacra", a publication of the Ecclesiastical Faculties
*"Res Socialis", a journal of the Social Research Center
*"Santo Tomas Journal of Medicine", a publication of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
*"Tomas", literary journal of the Center for Creative Writing and Studies
*"Unitas", a scholarly publication for the arts and the sciences
*"UST Law Review", a journal of the Faculty of Civil Law


*"Academia", the official international bulletin of the University of Santo Tomas
*"Thomasian Courier", the official bulletin of the Public and Alumni Affairs Office

tudent publications

University-wide publications

*"The Varsitarian", the University-wide official student publication. (Lampooned by "The Vuisitarian")
*"Montage", the official literary folio of Varsitarian
*"Breaktime", the official magazine of the Varsitarian (comes out every summer)

College-based publications

*"The Rosarian" - the official student publication of the UST Education High School
*"Accountancy Journal" - the official student publication of the Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy
*"The Flame" - the official student publication of the Faculty of Arts and Letters
*"Thomasian Engineer Journal" - the official student publication of the Faculty of Engineering
*"E-Cube" - the newsletter of the Faculty of Engineering
*"UST College of Science Journal" (UST-CSJ) - the official student publication of the College of Science
*"The Aquinian" - the official student publication of the UST High School
*"The Little Thomasians" - the official student publication of the UST Grade School
*"The Education Journal" - the official student publication of the College of Education
*"The Nursing Journal" - the official student publication of the College of Nursing
*"Purple Gazette" - the official student publication of the Faculty of Pharmacy
*"Vision" - the official student publication of the College of Architecture
*"Visionary" - the official plates and theses portfolio of the College of Architecture
*"The Column" - the official newsletter of the College of Architecture Student Council
*"The Commerce Journal" - the official student publication of the College of Commerce and Business Administration
*"The Owl" - the official student publication of the Ecclesiastical Faculty of Philosophy
*"Inter Nos" - the official publication of the Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology
*"Therapeutic Currents" - the official student publication of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Foreign cooperation and consortia

* Royal Society of London (through the National Academy of Science and Technology)
* The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
* The Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
* Sweden International Management Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
* University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
* Cranfield University, United Kingdom
* University of Durham, United Kingdom
* Imperial College, United Kingdom
* University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
* University of Greenwich
* University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
* Maastricht University, The Netherlands
* Boston University, USA
* University of Arizona, USA
* University of Oklahoma, USA
* Centenary College of New Jersey, USA
* Alleghen University of the Health Sciences, Philadelphia, USA
* Medical College of Pennsylvania, USA
* International Association of Catholic Medical Schools, USA
* Kyoto University, Japan
* Gifu University, Japan
* Nippon Institute of Technology, Japan
* Sosozhia College, Osaka, Japan
* Asian Productivity Organization, Japan
* Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship, Japan
* Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation, Japan
* National University of Singapore, Singapore
* Kyung Hee University, Korea
* Australian Catholic University, Australia
* Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia
* La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
* University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
* University of Adelaide, Australia
* Atma Jaya Catholic University, Jakarta, Indonesia
* Chonbuk National University, South Korea
* University of Bologna, Italy

Membership in organizations


* Association of Catholic Universities of the Philippines (ACUP)
* Association of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippines (ASPAP) []
* Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP)
* Network of Dominican Schools, Colleges and Universities (DOMNET)
* Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
* National Inter-University Forum on Education
* Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU)
* Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU)
* Philippine Association of Centers for Educational Media (PACEM)
* Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS)
* University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP)


* Asia-Pacific Student Services Association (APSSA)
* Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL)
* Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU)
* Conference of Catholic Technological Institution (COCTI)
* International Association of Universities (IAU)
* International Council of Universities of Saint Thomas Aquinas (ICUSTA)
* International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU)
* Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst (KAAD)


External links

* [ University of Santo Tomas] - Official website
* [ UST Miguel de Benavidez Library] - Central Library Website
* [ UST Hospital] - UST Hospital
* [ UST Museum] - Museum of Arts and Sciences
* [ Santisimo Rosario Parish] - Santisimo Rosario Parish
* [ Alumni & Map]
* [ UST Network] - Online Community: Ever your valiant legions
* [ USTExchange] - Online Community: Thomasian Life. Thomasian Talk.
* [ GO]
* History

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