The University of Santo Tomas @ 400 years


So proud to be part of UST’s 400 years in 2011!  Next year 2012, UST will be celebrating it’s 401th birthday!!! How time flies! Here are some of my shots when I visited UST.

At present, the Main Building houses the administrative offices, some non-academic departments, the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences and three colleges: the Faculty of Pharmacy, College of Science, and the Faculty of Civil Law.

*The UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS IS THE OLDEST EXISTING UNIVERSITY in Asia. In terms of student population, it is the largest Catholic university in the world in a single campus. The institution was established through the initiative of Bishop Miguel de Benavides, O.P., the third Archbishop of Manila. The founding of the University of Santo Tomas followed on April 28, 1611. The original campus was located in Intramuros, the Walled City of Manila. UST was first called Colegio de Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario, and later renamed Colegio de Santo Tomas, in memory of the foremost Dominican Theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas.  The continuing increase in enrolment prompted the administration, in 1927 to transfer the university campus from Intramuros to its present site in Sampaloc district, which covers a total of 21.5 hectares.

*Throughout its 400 years of existence, The University has become the alma mater of four Filipino heroes who shaped the nation’s destiny like Jose Rizal, Emilio Jacinto, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Apolinario Mabini; Philippine Presidents such as Manuel Luis Quezon, Sergio Osmeña, Jose P. Laurel and Diosdado Macapagal; various Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, senators, congressmen, scientist, architects, engineers and writers, all outstanding in their chosen professions. It was visited by two popes, Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II, and various heads of states and foreign dignitaries.

*The monument of Bishop Miguel de Benavides, O.P., stands in front of the main building entrance of the university. His pioneering desire to establish an educational institution, with the fund he bequeathed (along with his personal library collection) paved the way for the establishment of the university in 1611. The bronze statue was originally unveiled in Intramuros in 1891. Made in Paris in 1889, it was installed in its present site in 1946. It bears the signature of Tony Noel.

The historic Arch of the Centuries was the original entrance to the university when the campus was still in Intramuros during the years from 1611 to 1941. During the Thomasian Welcome Walk, all incoming freshmen students are required to pass through this Arch to celebrate their upcoming years in the University (during their initiation rites into the University) and the candidates for graduation, also need to pass through this  Arch during the parade after the Baccalaureate Mass.

Rally outside UST.

*UST plans to establish campuses outside España Boulevard, Manila. A campus will rise in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, and another is forthcoming in General Santos City. Through these campuses, UST commits to continue to provide Filipinos with the characteristically high quality of Catholic education.

*UST history taken from : www.UST.edu.ph 

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