145 new architects Thomasians June 2016 passed the licensure examination for Architects, administered by the Professional Regulation Commission. The 145 new architectures scored a 75.13% passing rate for UST. The UST passing rate was 55.89% higher than the national passing rate.
Furthermore, Jeff McDaniel Y. See ranked first with a grade of 84%, while Cedrick William Y. Silvestre ranked 8th, with a grade of 80.90%.
Ms. Myla R. James, MSc, faculty member of the Department of Biochemistry of the Faculty of Pharmacy faculty and researcher of the Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences, visited the Philippine embassy in Greece last May 29, 2016, on the sidelines of a conference she was attending.
During the visit, James pitched for internationalization of the University's programs, in a bid to engage into partnerships with universities Greece UST.
She was received by Philippine Ambassador to Athens, Greece Nestor Z Ochoa.
On the evening of July 2, 2016, the Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, presided over a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration during which 24 young people who have successfully completed the CYMPLE (Certificate on Youth Ministry, Pastoral Leadership and Empowerment) program were commissioned as Youth Ministers for their respective parishes / communities .
CYMPLE is a joint project of the University of Santo Tomas and the RCAM Archdiocesan Commission on Youth. For seven saturdays, the youth participants of workshop sessions held at the Multipurpose Hall UST CCM.
The following were the course topics: Catholic Youth Ministry (Mr. Stephen G. Borja) Effective Youth Leadership (Ms. Gelay Constantino) Engaged Citizenship (Fr. Jerome Secillano) Management of Organization (Mr. Albert Loteyro) Public Speaking (Mr. Phillip Louise Latonio) Youth Catechesis and Youth Culture (Mr. Tsard Pazcoguin) Critical Thinking (Mr. Jeff Garcia) Peer Facilitating and Conflict Management (Chatt Ms. Quesada)
The participants had to undergo a required mission experience, and had to pass the final oral examination in order to earn the certificate.
During the commissioning rite, bishop said imposed on each of the 24 graduates their mission cross, and in his homily, the Bishop reminded them that Christ calls them to be missionary disciples.
The graduation rites were held after the mass at the UST TYK Auditorium. During his inspirational talk, Fr. Jade Licuanan ACY Commissioner, reminded the graduates that the ministry is first and foremost for holiness, that we may have the fullness of life in Chirst. He exhorted young people to use their gifts and their passion in serving the Church and proclaiming the Gospel, especially in these times when the Church seems persecuted anew.
Michael Maglaque, CYMPLE 5 Class Valedictorian, in his address of thanks, encouraged his fellow graduates to be catalysts of change while at the same time balancing change with things that are permanent.
Acclaimed linguist and language educator Professor Jack C. Richards, PhD was a visiting professor of the University of Santo Tomas this June 2016, having taught the course "Curriculum Development" to Master of Arts in English Language Studies students from June 20-29, 2016 and the Graduate School.
Last June 30, 2016, Richards likewise delivered a lecture entitled "Language Learning beyond the Classroom" to English faculty members from the University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippine Normal University.
In his lecture, Richards emphasized that authentic language learning is premised on several indicators, such as a student's motivation, opportunities to learn language, and supportive of such communities.
Graduate School Dean R. Marilu Madrunio, PhD, underscored the fact that not only was this a special privilege for the University of Santo Tomas, but everything was free-from airfare to accommodations, and honoraria. "No honorarium, please, was his request. This was made possible through the help of Professor A. Melchor Tatlonghari, PhD (English professor at the Graduate School) and De La Salle University's Emeritus Professor Ma. Lourdes Bautista, who are both good friends of Prof. Richards, "Dean said Madrunio.
"I had a good time. I had seven students in my class MA, and it was a very good interaction. It's good to be back in the Philippines, "Richards said of his recent tenure at the Graduate School.
From the Philippines, Richards will go to South Korea and South Africa likewise to train teachers on language teaching.
Prof. Lilian J. Sison, PhD, Director of the Office of International Relations and Programs, presented UST's approach to internationalization during the June 18, 2016 (Saturday) Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) XChange forum, held in Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan.
The forum, which had the theme "Creative ways to build a brand: Successful case studies from universities," featured speeches from educational institution officials from Taiwan, India, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Last May 3, 2016, the Faculty of Pharmacy forged a partnership with De Los Santos Medical Center in order to provide fifth-year BS Pharmacy Clinical Clerkship students with their training in the hospital. The agreement will commence in the 2016-2017 Academic Year.
According to a post on the website of De Los Santos Medical Center, the partnership is "providential," given that it is forged between a pontifical university and the hospital, which "steadfastly kinilala Christian moral values by constantly delivering quality but affordable healthcare. "
Prof. Lucila M. Bance, PhD, Ms. Monica De Leon, and Ms. Agnes Bonifacio headed to Chicago to attend the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Conference on June 7-10, 2016. Participation of representatives from the UST Counseling and Career Center in the conference is part of the grant to UST-STRIDE intensify the Career Services at the University of Santo Tomas, making it a model counseling and career center in the Philippines.
The NACE conference is an annual event that serves as the leading source of information on innovations in enhancing employability, trends in the job market, recruiting and hiring practices, and student attitudes and outcomes. With the theme "Limitless Possibilities", the NACE 2016 was attended by over 2,300 employers and career services professionals from various colleges and universities. One of the highlights was a session on the Career Services from the Philippines, where the significant development in the career services at the University of Santo Tomas was presented, discussed, and made the audience eagerly engaged.
Dr. Lucila O. Bance with Agnes Monica and Bonifacio de Leon with USAID STRIDE Career Consultants Joe Testani, Christine and Dan Cruzvergara Devalve
UST CCC Director and Counselors with the Executive Director and President of NACE USAID together with other delegates STRIDE
Counselors at work
Furthermore, the UST-CCC delegates had a field visit and benchmarking at the University of Rochester in NewYork, USA. Mr. Joseph Testani, the Career Services Director of the University of Rochester and UST's career consultant, together with his team, discussed the best practices counseling and career services in their university.
These exposures in the international arena of counseling and career services is beneficial as the UST-CCC aims at bolstering the services that will aid in every Thomasian's career success.