From España to Mindanao: UST launches major campus in GenSan

The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas (UST) has expanded to Mindanao with the opening of its campus in General Santos City.

When the name University of Santo Tomas (UST) is mentioned, many conjure images of the sprawling campus in España, Manila.

For those in the provinces aspiring to study at this 412-year-old institution, the decision typically involves packing bags and relocating to Manila.

But now, a new opportunity comes for residents of Mindanao as UST unveils its first biggest campus outside Manila, bringing its legacy to the region.

“UST General Santos will open in Academic Year 2024-2025 as a branch campus, with a projected initial enrollment of 500 students in the health sciences, business and accountancy, and engineering and information technology,” according to the Varsitarian.

“The new campus represents the Catholic university’s bid to make General Santos City an educational center in the region,” it added.

Built across an expansive 82-hectare land, UST General Santos is primed to accommodate up to 5,000 students. Its magnificent seven-story main building mirrors the iconic architecture of the UST Main Building in Manila.

Comprising of 24 classrooms, 23 laboratories, a chapel, library, clinic, auditorium, cafeteria, organization rooms, and function halls, the new campus offers a comprehensive array of facilities for its students.

As a testament to its illustrious history, UST traces its origins back to 1611, founded by the third bishop of Manila, Miguel de Benavides, O.P. It enjoys pontifical status and was declared the Catholic University of the Philippines by Pope Pius XII in 1947.