University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

University of Santo Tomas

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) is a private Catholic university catering to over 40,000 students in one campus, making it the largest Catholic university located in a single site.

In the Philippines, UST is a leader in tourism and hospitality education, with both its Hotel and Restaurant Management and Tourism / Travel Management programmes recognised as Centers of Excellence (the highest recognition) by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Furthermore, its programmes are recognised by the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE). As a comprehensive university, UST has been granted Autonomous Status by CHED, and is an Associate Member of the ASEAN University Network – Quality Assurance Group.

Being the Catholic university of the Philippines, the University of Santo Tomas fuses authentic Catholic service with Filipino hospitality, banking on competence and commitment that characterise Thomasian education.

Tourism, Hospitality and Hotel Studies

The UST College of Tourism and Hospitality Management (CTHM), established in 2006, is a premier Tourism and Hospitality institution and renowned leader in the field of Tourism and Hospitality Education. Now in its 12th year, CTHM has produced exceptional graduates and highly employable tourism professionals, hoteliers, and restaurateurs.

CTHM has been granted Level IV Accredited status for its BS Travel Management programme and Level III Reaccredited status for its BS Hotel and Restaurant Management programme by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA). The HRM programme was included on the Commission on Higher Education’s list of qualified programmes for the ASEAN International Mobility for Students. Moreover, both programmes were awarded by CHED as Centers of Excellence.

The College, in all its effort to achieve Academic Excellence, was granted Full Accreditation by the International Centre of Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) and was recognised in its commitment to Guest Service Excellence by the American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute (AHLEI), which made the University of Santo Tomas the first academic institution in the world to receive such recognition.

Academic Excellence

QS Asian Ranking – Four Star Award

UST earned the distinction of being the only university in the Philippines with the four-star rating from QS Asian rankings. This rating means “a typical four-star university is highly international, demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching. The institution provides an excellent environment for students and faculty.”

With the 2015 QS Asian rankings, the University of Santo Tomas is ranked third among all universities in the Philippines.

The Hospitality Management Awards (2014-2015)

HRM students continue to harvest awards in national competitions such as:

a) Thomasian bagged first place in an international online competition on hotel and restaurant management held last Nov. 9 to 20, 2015. Miguel Angelo Viray Eñano, a hotel and restaurant ust-lettersmanagement senior, won in the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) & Collegiate DECA Virtual Business Hotel Competition, an online contest where participants competed in a hotel simulation focused on profit and customer satisfaction.

b) Martin Antonio Tioseco and Kate Immanuel Go represented the Philippines in the 2015 Hong Kong International Culinary Classics held last May 2015 at Hong Kong International Convention Center

c) The Umami Bowl Award for Excellence, the highest award and most important award was given to the University of Santo Tomas for two consecutive years (2014 and 2015) for gathering the highest team score in the Ajinomoto Culinary Challenge.

d) The University of Santo Tomas is also the defending champion (2014, 2015) of the Jolly University Grand Cook-Off Challenge.

e) HRM students in 2 consecutive years (2013, 2014) brought home the Championship Title for American Heritage Kitchen Battle.

f) HRM students also excel in Cooking Demonstration competitions, Denise Gallardo won Silver in MAFBEX 2013. Elena Faith Carino bagged the Gold Medal in MAFBEX 2014 and Angelica Tongol won Gold in MAFBEX 2015.

g) Hyacinth Jeaned Barros, 4th year HRM student, bagged the Gold Medal for a Business Plan Competition with her outstanding performance and presentation of a food cart business proposal under 5,000 Pesos during the Grand Culinary Challenge in 2014.

h) The HRM students won Gold in the Amuse Bouche category and Soup Kitchen category during the National Food Showdown event held on September 23-24, 2014.

i) Two graduating students won the top prizes in the Universal Robina Corporation Baking competition in July, 2013.

j) In 2013 National Food Showdown, HRM students also won GOLD in the Seafood Display, Amuse Bouche and Table Setting categories.

Industry Relevant Programmes

UST programmes cover a wide spectrum of professional and academic training specialisation:

  • Hospitality Management
  • Hospitality Operations
  • Hospitality Supervision
  • Tourism Management
  • Tourism Operations
  • Tourism Visitor Information Services
  • Travel Sales
  • Tourism Sales and Marketing
  • Meetings and Events; Event Management
  • Hotel and Resort Management
  • Hotel Administration

Study programmes accredited by THE-ICE

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Member Profile

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For more information email ust-info@the-ice.org or visit the University of Santo Tomas website.