Still around and operating after over 400 years, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) has a storied legacy of being the oldest university in the Philippines and Asia to continue on to the present day, as well as being among the world’s largest Catholic universities enrollment-wise. Considering the size of their student body, coming from all corners of the country and the world, it is no surprise that they have long been planning to build an expansion campus elsewhere. GenSan has been honored to be the site of the new campus, with a groundbreaking done last year. To meet the university’s planned opening year, construction work has earnestly begun.
BusinessWorld Online reports that the building of the University of Santo Tomas GenSan campus continues at top speed, in order to meet the main Manila campus’ promise of taking its very first classes their by the year 2021, some two years from now. At the moment the UST GenSan construction is at the “Phase 1” stage, spearheaded by AIMM Builder and Construction Supply, the primary building contractor. Phase 1 of the GenSan campus construction project involves grading the site, installation of utilities, laying out roadways, school buildings and initial program laboratories.
Once the UST GenSan campus opens in 2021, they will have flagship academic programs in seven courses: Health and Sciences, Business and Accountancy, Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science. As the UST Rector Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P. noted during the 2018 groundbreaking, the university hopes that a campus of theirs in Mindanao can contribute to the dream of that part of the Philippines becoming “integrated and globally competitive” in future.
Aside from GenSan, the University of Santo Tomas is also developing campuses elsewhere, such as with Santa Rosa in Laguna and overseas in Negombo, Sri Lanka plus somewhere in Mongolia. Nevertheless, it is the campus in General Santos City that will be the crowning jewel of UST expansion, being the largest out of them in terms of land area alone.
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