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Aquinas University of Legazpi now University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi

After six years of preparation, the integration of Aquinas University of Legazpi (AUL) to the University of Santo Tomas campus system was made official on Sep. 12, 2017 after Atty. Marylou Duka-Castillo 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).

Even though the university is now part of the UST Campus System, it retained its administrative and fiscal independence from the Main (España) Campus.

The integration of Dominican schools into two campus systems began during the regular meeting of Capitular Fathers in 2012. The two campus systems are: UST and Letran. Aside from UST-Legazpi, Angelicum College in Quezon City and Iloilo is also part of the UST campus system. Meanwhile, the Letran campus integration is composed of Letran College in Calamba; Apukay, Bataan; and, Manila.

UST-Legazpi Rector and President Fr. Ernesto Arceo, 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 banner news article of Aquinian Herald, the 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,”.

Posted on: 09.13.2017

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