Tuesday, January 22, 2008
University of Santo Tomas (Est. 1611)
The University of Santo Tomas or UST is officially known as the "Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines". The school was decreed "Pontifical" by Pope Leo XIII in 1902, "Royal" by King Charles III of Spain in 1785, and "The Catholic University of the Philippines" by Pope Pius XII in 1947.
It is the oldest university in Asia, having been founded in 1611, but such status is disputed by the University of San Carlos, another university in the Philippines apparently established in 1595.
UST is also one of the largest Catholic university currently with around 38,000 students. Its renowned Faculty of Medicine and Surgery was established in 1871.