The university was registered on January 13, 1908, as a non-stock, non-profit educational institution under Act 1459 with the corporate name of Real y Pontificia Universidad de Santo Tomas de Manila. With the growing student population, the Dominicans were given a 21.5-hectare plot of land at the Sulucan Hills in Sampaloc, Manila and built its ...
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The University of Santo Tomas System is a private university system supervised by the Dominican Province of the Philippines. The system is composed of the campuses at Manila, Quezon City, Legazpi, Albay, Santa Rosa, Laguna, and General Santos City.
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Although a few Dominican missionaries worked together to establish the university – including Miguel de Benavides, Bernardo Navarro, and other old professors from the higher colleges and universities in Spain – the founding of the university is attributed mainly to Miguel de Benavides, the first to give a fund for the maintenance of the institution. Miguel de Benavides was born in 1550 in the Castilian town of Carrión de los Condes, province of Palencia, Spain, in the heart of the austere, grain-producing Tierra de Campos. Benavides was steeped in the theological principles of Francisco de Vitoria and Bartolomé de las Casas, who exchanged the prestigious professorial chair for remote and difficult new missions of the Philippines. He was chosen to govern the newly created Diocese of Nueva Segovia (now Vigan) as its First Bishop (1595–1601). He wrote the Doctrina Christianain Chinese, the first book printed in the Philippines. Later, he was promoted to be the third Archbishop of Manil...
The university seems to have originated from the Dominican Conventual School of Santo Domingo (known often by the name of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary) with which it carried a common existence until 1611. The Dominican Order arrived in 1587. A program was held to solemnize the feast of St. Dominic, an old university student at Palencia and the founder of Order of Preachers. The celebration was held in the main hall of the cathedral in the presence of prominent dignitaries of all religious orders and of the civil authorities. The academic act was directed by a professor of theology, Pedro de Soto. From that moment Bishop Domingo de Salazar – first Bishop of the Philippines– was inspired to found a college-university similar to those in Mexico, where religious and lay persons might pursue college studies; and to begin with, a "School of Grammar" was established in addition to the "Escuela de Tiples". At that same time, it was determined that fathers Miguel de Benavides and Miguel de Sa...
The institution started its operation with courses in theology, arts, and philosophy as the College of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary (Spanish: Colegio de Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario). In 1617, the college was renamed as College of Santo Tomas (Spanish: Colegio de Santo Tomás) after the Dominican theologian St. Thomas Aquinas(1225–1274). Prior to the act of foundation, King Philip III granted, through the Governor-General, the permission to open a college in Manila. So in 1612, Fr. Domingo González, O.P., Lector of the Santo Domingo Convent, was appointed to work on the completion the organization of the college. In that same year, when classes also began, the Dominican Province of the Holy Rosary accepted the college, an act which amounted to the Dominican Order's assuming the responsibility in the operation of the institution. In 1619, in the name of King Philip IV, the Governor-General of the Philippines, gave his approval. The Holy See granted, although indirectly or...
Title of Royal University
Philip IV had granted his Royal approval on November 27, 1623. Official royal patronage was accorded to the University on May 12, 1680, by King Charles II of Spain. However, the title "Royal University" was only bestowed by King Charles III on May 20, 1785, during the eight-year term of Fr. Domingo Collantes, O.P..The title "Real" was given to the UST in recognition of its loyalty to the Crown after the university volunteered its students for the military defense of Manila during the recurren...
The 1865 decree for the revamp of secondary education brought about major developments for UST. It was tasked as a Bureau of Education with the rector as its director. This meant that UST was to handle all matters pertaining to secondary education from the appointment of the school professors; the submission of grades, and the signing of the awarding of diplomas to the bachelor of arts graduates. In 1870 Segismundo Moret, the Minister of colonies, issued two decrees that totally reorganized the Philippine education system. The first decree abolished all secondary schools and placed them under a single "Instituto Filipino." The second decree converted the University of Santo Tomás, being the only official institution of higher learning in the islands, into a Universidad de Filipinas, thus the name Royal and Pontifical University of the Philippines. The fall of the Spanish liberal government (which led to Moret's removal) and the monarchical restoration abolished these decrees. The un...
Following the Philippine revolution, Spanish members of the Dominican Order were removed from their parishes and left the Philippines in 1899, eventually turning over some of their churches and mission stations to secular clergy, while retaining other parishes and foundations, with American friars taking over them. In compliance with the requirements of Act No. 1459 also known as the Corporation Law of 1906, the university was incorporated. The application contained the following statements: That the name of the corporation is and will be known as the "Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas" and abbreviated as "University of Santo Tomas", "that the corporation is located in Manila with its main office at 139 Calle de Sto. Tomas, Intramuros" At the beginning of the 20th century, a 21.5 hectare plot of land in the Sulucan Hills of Sampaloc, Manila was donated by Francesca Bustamante Bayot to the Dominican fathers for the university's expansion outside Intramuros.In 1927, Main...
As of 2013[update]UST had a total enrollment of approximately 45,000 students, 33,000 undergraduates and 5,000 students in Medicine, Law, and the Graduate School. The university admits about 8,500 new students out of 50,000 applicants per year. After 400 years, the university has five clusters of discipline: Science and Technology; Arts and the Humanities; Education and the Social Sciences; Medicine and Health, and the Ecclesiastical Faculties – spread over 21 faculties, colleges, and institutes.
The series of benefices, favors and privileges granted to UST by the Spanish monarchs started in 1609 when Philip III issued a royal cédula requesting from the governor and the audencia a report on the projected college. He petitioned Pope Paul V for the granting of faculties of Philosophy and Theology. These faculties were implemented by order of Philip IVin 1624, and three years later this monarch petitioned Rome for the extension of these faculties for an additional ten years. He was the same monarch who petitioned the Pope to elevate the college to the level of a university in 1645. King Charles II, in 1680, added to this list of benefices already granted by his predecessors, when in Royal Cédula he formally declared that the university be placed under his royal patronage. Another Royal Cédula of Charles II, with two others from Philip V, his successor, resulted in 1733 in the creation of the Faculties of Civil and Canon Laws. At the same time, the Holy See granted the universit...
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: 1. On the upper left is the papal tiara, indicating that the UST is a pontifical university. 2. The upper right shows the lion derived from the Coat of Arms of Spain, indicative of royal patronage throughout the greater part of the university's centuries-old existence. 3. The lower left is occupied by the sea-lion originating from the old coat of arms of the City of Manila, the national capital, symbolizing the Republic of the Philippines. 4. The rose on the lower right is a symbol of the Blessed Virgin Maryunder 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...
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This is a list of notable students, professors, alumni and honorary degree recipients of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.The following Thomasians were distinguished in various fields such as public service, religion, literary arts, commerce, medicine, among others.
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I Most Reverend Miguel de Benavides, O.P. ing kikilalanan dang talatátag ning unibersidad. Dinatang ya king Filipinas kayabe la reng minunang misionerung Dominicanu kanitang 1587. Ya ing meging obispu ning Nueva Segovia, at mitas ya antimong arsobispu ning Menila kanitang 1601. Kamate nang Fr. Benavides kanitang Julio 1605, pepamana ne ing kayang aklatan ampng pansariling pibandian a maki alagang libu limang dalan (1,500) a pesus a pondung bini para king pamitátag ning metung a institusion ning matas a pamagaral. Tikian nang Fr. Bernardo de Santa Catalina ing kayang penabilin, at menikua yang gusaling malapit king pisamban ampong kumbintung Dominicanu king Intramurospara king kolehiyu. Kanitang 1609, miniad lang paintulut kang Aring Felipe II ba yang ibusni ing kolehiyu, dapot miras ya mu king Menila iti aniang 1611. Aniang Abril 28, 1611, migsilbi yang saksi ing notariung i Juan Illian king pamagpirma da ri Fr. Baltazar Fort, OP, Bernardo Navarro, OP, at Francisco Minado, OP king a...
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1. The Varsitarian, the University-wide official student publication. (Lampooned by The Vuisitarian) 2. Montage, the official literary folio of Varsitarian 3. Breaktime, the official magazine of the Varsitarian (comes out every summer)The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, ScotlandThe Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
1. Association of Catholic Universities of the Philippines (ACUP) 2. Association of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippines (ASPAP) 3. Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP) 4. Network of Dominican Schools, Colleges and Universities (DOMNET) 5. Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 6. National Inter-University Forum on Education 7. Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) 8. Philippine Association of Colleges and Un...
1. Asia-Pacific Student Services Association (APSSA) 2. Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning(ASAIHL) 3. Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) 4. Conference of Catholic Technological Institution (COCTI) 5. International Association of Universities(IAU) 6. International Council of Universities of Saint Thomas Aquinas(ICUSTA) 7. International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) 8. Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-...
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1. University of Santo Tomas- Official website 2. TomasinoWeb- The official Thomasian online community 3. UST Central Library- Central Library Website 4. LORENZO- UST Library WEB Catalog. LORENZO-Library Online REaders' Network ZOne 5. UST Hospital- UST Hospital 6. UST Blackboard Learning System- Online Learning 7. UST Museum- Museum of Arts and Sciences 8. UST Nursing- UST College of Nursing 9. UST Publishing- Official Publishing house 10. UST Medical Informatics- UST Medical Informatics Gat...
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1. The Varsitarian- The official student publication of the University of Santo Tomas 2. MEDIARTRIX- The university-wide organization of the University of Santo Tomas 3. Thomasian Debaters Council- The official debate varsity of the University of Santo Tomas 4. UST Advantage Management Group- Advantage Management Group 5. UST Artlets Economics Society- Artlets Economics Society 6. USTe.TV- University of Santo Tomas Electronic Thomasian Village 7. UST Engineering- Faculty of Engineering-ESC 8....