MANILA, JANUARY 27, 2011 (BULLETIN) (PNA) – President Benigno Simeon Aquino III has congratulated the University of Santo Tomas, the oldest university in Asia, in celebration of its 400th year foundation.

President Aquino was the keynote speaker at the 10th International Conference of Universities of St. Thomas Aquinas (ICUSTA) held at the UST chapel.

”Let me also congratulate the University of Santo Tomas for your 400 years of quality Christian education,” he said.

”For four centuries, the University of Santo Tomas has educated the best this country has to offer. But when we look back at the long list of distinguished individuals this institution has produced, it is not merely education that sets them apart, but principles,” he added.

UST is celebrating its 400th year anniversary this week. The university was founded in 1611 by Spanish Dominican friars.

The ICUSTA meet is an international association of Catholic institutions of higher learning that adhere to the ideals and teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas.

University of Santo Tomas From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

LEFT: The UST Quadricentennial Logo

The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines (colloquially UST or "Ustê". Filipino: Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas), is a private Roman Catholic university run by the Order of Preachers in Manila.

Founded on April 28, 1611 by archbishop Miguel de Benavides, it has the oldest extant university charter in the Philippines and in Asia and is one of the world's largest Catholic universities in terms of enrolment found on one campus. UST is also the largest university in the city of Manila. As a Pontifical University in Asia, UST is the only university to have been visited by two popes three times: once by Pope Paul VI on Nov. 28, 1970, and twice by Pope John Paul II on Feb. 18, 1981 and January 13, 1995.

The University is composed of several autonomous faculties, colleges, schools and institutes, each conferring undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degrees, and the basic education units. Several degrees have been accredited by the Commission on Higher Education as Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development.

The Patron of the University is St. Thomas Aquinas, while St. Catherine of Alexandria is the Patroness.

Prominent Thomasians include saints, Philippine presidents, heroes, artists, scientists, professionals and religious figures, who have figured prominently in the history of the Philippines.

The athletic teams are the Growling Tigers, members of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and are consistent winners of the Overall Championship.

University of Santo Tomas
Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas
The official seal of the University of Santo Tomas, Manila
Latin: Pontificia et Regalis Sancti Thomæ Aquinatis Universitas Manilana
Motto Veritas In Caritate
Motto in English Truth in Charity
Established 28 April 1611
Type Pontifical, Royal , Private
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic, Dominican
Chancellor Very Rev. Fr. Bruno Cadoré, OP, S.Th.D
Vice-Chancellor Very Rev. Fr. Quirico T. Pedregosa, OP, S.Th.D.
Rector Very Rev. Fr. Rolando V. dela Rosa, OP, S.Th.D.
Secretary General Rev. Fr. Florentino A. Bolo Jr., OP, JCL
Students 41,653 Undergraduates 31,179
Location Philippines Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Campus 21.5 hectares, Urban
Former names Colegio de Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario, Colegio de Santo Tomás de Manila
Hymn "The UST Hymn"
Colors UST colors.svg Gold and white
Nickname Growling Tigers (formerly "Glowing Goldies")
Mascot Tiger Affiliations ICUSTA, IAU, ASAIHL UAAP, among others.


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