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Aquinas University of Legazpi now University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi

After five years of preparation, the integration of Aquinas University of Legazpi (AUL) to the University of Santo Tomas tradition was made official on Sep. 12, 2017 when Atty. Marylou Duka-Castillo, Regional Director of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Region V, signed the Certificate of Amendment changing the name of Aquinas University of Legazpi (AUL) to University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi (UST-Legazpi). The name change was officially announced to the public on Dec. 7, 2017, dubbed as University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi: The Inaugural.

The Tenth Provincial Chapter of the Dominican Province of the Philippines in 2012 has ushered the integration of all its schools into two traditions, namely, UST and Letran. Aside from UST-Legazpi, Angelicum College in Quezon City and Angelicum School in Iloilo are also part of the UST tradition. Meanwhile, the Letran tradition is composed of Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Intramuros, Manila; Calamba, Laguna; Abucay, Bataan; and Manaoag, Pangasinan.

UST-Legazpi Rector and President Rev. Fr. Ernesto M. Arceo, OP, in a mobile correspondence, stated that the extent of the UST integration would focus on the strengthening of the University’s academic programs, faculty and instruction, community extension services, and research. Furthermore, competitive accreditation and excellent licensure examination performances are also important objectives of the University.

Furthermore, in the newsletter issue of Aquinian Herald, the Father Rector stated: “UST-Legazpi will remain as an institution whose value is connected with the value of every Bicolano and the tradition that is inculcated herein. However, as part of the change, the intensity toward academic excellence will be highly expected,”.

Even though the University is now part of the UST Integration, it retains its administrative and fiscal independence from UST Manila. Simultaneous with this UST Integration is the merger of the UST-Legazpi and the UST-Legazpi Hospital (Formerly known as the Aquinas University Hospital Foundation, Inc. or AUHFI). The hospital is no longer a separate and independent corporation. It is now part of the University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi Incorporated.

Posted on: 09.13.2017

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