This is a timeline of the history of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, the oldest university in Asia, comprising important events of the history of the university and of the development of Philippine higher education in general. To read about the background to these events, see History of the University of Santo Tomas. See also the history of the Rector Magnificus of the University of Santo Tomas, and the Santo Tomas Internment Camp
|Arrival of the first Dominicans in the Philippines
|Arrival of Miguel de Benavides with the second batch of Dominicans in the Philippines, and the establishment of the Province of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines
|Dominicans pioneer printing in the Philippines by producing through the old technique of xylography
|Fray Blancas de San Jose, O.P. together with Tomas Pinpin succeeds in making typographic printing through movable type
|Archbishop Miguel de Benavides bequeaths his library and a total amount of ₱1,500 for the establishment of a seminary college
|The Dominicans granted permission to open a seminary-college by Philip III of Spain
|Philip III issues a royal cedula requesting from Governor Juan de Silva and the Real Audiencia a report on the projected college
|Philip III's permission arrives in Manila
|Act of Foundation for the establishment of a seminary-college signed
|Fr. Domingo Gonzalez, O.P. appointed to work on the completion of the organization of the college
|The seminary-college opens as the Colegio de Nuestra Senora del Rosario
|The Colegio given authorization to confer academic degrees in Theology and Philosophy by the Holy See
|Governor Alonso Fajardo de Entenza recognizes the Dominican Colegio
|The college renamed as the Colegio de Santo Tomas
|The Faculties of Philosophy and Theology implemented by the royal order of Philip IV of Spain
|Tomas Pinpin's printing press settles at the Colegio
|Pope Innocent X raises the college into the status of a university upon petition of King Philip IV of Spain
|The Master General of the Dominican Order assumes the power of appointing the Rector Magnificus of Santo Tomas by virtue of the permission granted by Pope Innocent X
|King Charles II of Spain extends royal patronage to the university
|The Faculties of Civil Law and Canon Law established by virtue of a royal cedula of Charles II of Spain
|Rector Fr. Domingo Collantes organizes four companies of university students to help in the defense of the city against the British Invasion of Manila
|Royal decree banishing the Society of Jesus from Spain and the Spanish dominions reaches Manila
|The closure of the Jesuit Universidad de San Ignacio leaves the university as the only institution of higher learning in the colony
|Clement XIV suppresses the Society of Jesus in his papal brief Dominus ac Redemptor
|Charles III of Spain authorizes the university to prepare its own statutes, independent of those of the University of Mexico
|Charles III grants the university the title of Very Loyal
|The university granted the officially granted the title Royal by Charles III
|Isabel II of Spain declares the University of Santo Tomas as the center for public education throughout the Philippines
|The University of Santo Tomas taken over by the Colonial Government and renamed as Universidad de Filipinas by virtue of an edict issued by Segismundo Moret
|Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy established as the first schools of medicine and pharmacy in the Philippines
|The School of Notaries established by royal order of Alfonso XII
|The Hospicio de San Juan de Dios becomes the clinical training institution for medical students of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the university by virtue of royal order of King Alfonso XII
|School of Midwifery opened
|Rector Fr. Joaquin Fonseca, O.P. conceives the idea of erecting a monument in honor of university founder Archbishop Miguel de Benavides
|Prof. Mariano Marti, M.D. establishes residency and Externship programs at the Hospicio de San Juan de Dios
|The defunct Jesuit Universidad de San Ignacio incorporated into the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the university
|The university closes its doors due to the Philippine Revolution and the Spanish–American War
|The university resumes its classes
|Pope Leo XIII bestows upon the university the title of Pontifical
|Faculty of Engineering established as the first engineering school in the Philippines
|Tricentennial celebration of the university
|The laying of the cornerstone of a new building of the university in Sampaloc
|The Faculty of Pharmacy opened to women enrollees
|English replaces Spanish as medium of instruction
|The College of Education established at the Intramuros Campus
|The College of Science of the university officially established
|Faculty of Philosophy and Letters becomes co-educational
|First Classes held at the University Sampaloc Campus
|The Varsitarian , the official student publication of the university, officially organized
|College of Commerce and the Faculty of Medicine also becomes co-educational
|The University Gymnasium officially inaugurated by Governor Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
|UST Swimming Pool, the first Olympic-size swimming pool in the country, opened to the students by Senate President Manuel Quezon
|Start of the Japanese invasion of the Philippines
|Manila declared an open city
|Japanese Forces occupy Manila
|Japanese forces converts the university campus at Sampaloc into an internment camp
|Arson was created to the original campus at Intramuros by the Japanese forces
|American Liberation of the Santo Tomas Internment Camp
|The university reopens at the Sampaloc Campus
|UST Hospital formally opened
|The Benavides Monument re-erected at the university campus in Sampaloc
|Pope Pius XII bestows to the university the title The Catholic University of the Philippines
|The university lot in Intramuros sold to the Philippine American Life Insurance Co.
|Completion of the installation of Francesco Monti's statues atop the Main Building
|The university radio station DZST begins operation
|Semiseptcentennial celebration of the university
|The Spanish Government grants the Blue Ribbon of The Civil Order of Alfonso X el Sabio to the university
|Formal inauguration of the University Hospital Clinical Division
|Pope Paul VI visits the university
|Leonardo Legaspi, O.P., elected as the first Filipino Rector Magnificus of the university
|Mother Teresa of Calcutta visits the university
|The Pautakan Contest officially organized by The Varsitarian
|Pope John Paul II visits the university
|The Student's Democratic Party established as the first student political party in the Philippines
|First Paskuhan Celebration
|The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Singers officially organized
|UST Press renamed as UST Publishing House
|Second Papal visit of Pope John Paul II to the university
|First Thomasian Welcome Walk held
|The Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy formally established
|The Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management officially separated from the College of Education
|Quadricentennial countdown to 2011 launched during the Paskuhan Celebration
|Simbahayan 400, the Quadricentennial's "centerpiece project", officially launched
|The University Main Building, Central Seminary, Arch of the Centuries, and Grandstand with Open Spaces officially declared as National Cultural Treasures by the National Museum of the Philippines
|The University of Santo Tomas campus officially declared as a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines
|The Lumina Pandit exhibit launched
|Commemorative 200-peso bills with the UST Quadricentennial logo issued by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
|Opening of the Jubilee Door
|Unveiling of the Quattromondial and the formal opening of the Quadricentennial celebrations
|Quadricentennial exhibit at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (Unesco) Headquarters in Paris officially launched
|Neo-Centennial Celebrations officially launched
|Mahathir Mohamad, former Malaysian Prime Minister, conferred with the title Honorary Professor.
|Queen Sofía of Spain visits the university
|Lech Walesa, former Prime Minister of Poland and Nobel Laureate, conferred with the title Honorary Professor
|Pope Francis visits the university
The University of Santo Tomas is a private, Catholic research university in Manila, Philippines. Founded on April 28, 1611, by Spanish friar Miguel de Benavides, third Archbishop of Manila, 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 enrollment found on one campus. It is the main campus of the University of Santo Tomas System that is run by the Order of Preachers.
The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Overall Championship is awarded to the school with the highest point total in the different UAAP events. It was first awarded in UAAP Season 10. Member universities currently compete in fifteen sports to vie for the overall championship, namely, badminton, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, chess, fencing, football, judo, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
The Varsitarian is the official student publication of the University of Santo Tomas (UST). Founded in January 1928 by a group of students led by Jose Villa Panganiban, it is one of the first student newspapers in the Philippines. It is published fortnightly. The lampoon issue is called The Vuisitarian. Tomas U. Santos, the mascot of The Varsitarian, is a Thomasian who represents the students of the campus. He is usually seen accompanied by a talking, and quite cynical, T-square.
The University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines marks a variety of traditions largely influenced by the Spanish and Filipino Dominican culture. Many are annual events, such as religious assemblies marking the start and end of the academic year, a "welcome walk" for new students, as well as intercollege sport competitions and talent exhibitions. Christmas is celebrated in a month-long festivities culminated by the UST Paskuhan. Many Roman Catholic feast days are also celebrated.
The University of Santo Tomas is one of the oldest existing universities and holds the oldest extant university charter in the Philippines and in Asia. It was founded on April 28, 1611, by the third Archbishop of Manila, Miguel de Benavides, together with Frs. Domingo de Nieva and Bernardo de Santa Catalina. It was originally conceived as a school to prepare young men for the priesthood. Located Intramuros, it was first called Colegio de Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario and later renamed Colegio de Santo Tomás in memory of Dominican theologian Saint Thomas Aquinas. In 1624, the Colegio was authorized to confer academic degrees in theology, philosophy and arts. On November 20, 1645 Pope Innocent X elevated the college to the rank of a university and in 1680 it was placed under royal patronage.
The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2011. The agenda before the quadricentennial in 2011 included the introduction of new academic programs, improvements in the university's infrastructure, and other projects to raise UST's national and international prominence and promote its role as a social catalyst.
The Colegio de San Ildefonso was an educational institution run by the Society of Jesus in Cebu City, Philippines in the then Spanish Captaincy General of the Philippines. It was established by the Jesuits in 1595 thus making it the first European-founded educational institution in Asia. In Mexico City, the Jesuits had founded a college with the same name in 1588. The Cebu City college was established by Fr. Antonio Sedeño, Fr. Pedro Chirino, and Antonio Pereira of the Society of Jesus in August 1595. After the expulsion of the Jesuits from Spanish territories in 1767, the buildings and facilities were taken over by the Diocese of Cebu, then by the Congregation of the Mission, and later by the Society of the Divine Word.
Herminio Dagohoy, O.P., is the 96th Rector Magnificus of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), the oldest and the largest Catholic university in Manila, Philippines.
The University of Santo Tomas Athletic Field and Open Spaces, located at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, is a National Cultural Treasure as declared by the National Museum of the Philippines.
The University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary Building currently houses the Santísimo Rosario Parish, the Central Seminary, and the Faculties of Ecclesiastical Studies of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas in Manila. The Parish was canonically inaugurated on April 26, 1942 by Michael J. O'Doherty, the Archbishop of Manila. On January 25, 2010, the National Museum of the Philippines formally declared the Central Seminary Building as a National Cultural Treasure.
The University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines has 22 colleges and 3 secondary school departments. The colleges are interdependent academic constituents of the university that offer undergraduate and graduate programs. Historically, the colleges are named as Faculty, College, Institute, School, or Conservatory. There are 19 colleges that offer civil courses and 3 faculties that also offer ecclesiastical programs.
The Paskuhan is the culmination of the university wide Christmas activities of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. The annual tradition started in 1991. The programs of Paskuhan were held during the last week or last day before the Christmas break of the university. In 2014, however, because of the change in the academic calendar of the university, it was scheduled in the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, 2014. It was later rescheduled to December 11, 2014 because of Typhoon Ruby.
The UST Christmas Concert is an annual musical event of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines.
The oldest universities, colleges, vocational schools and the first modern public education system in Asia were created during the Spanish colonial period. The earliest schools were founded by Spanish Catholic missionaries. By the time Spain was replaced by the United States as the colonial power, Filipinos were among the most educated subjects in all of Asia. Of the many educational institutions established during the colonial era, only a few remain extant today, such as the University of Santo Tomas (1611), Colegio de San Juan de Letran (1620), Real Colegio de Santa Potenciana (1590), Universidad de San Ignacio (1590), Colegio de San Ildefonso (1595), Santa Isabel College Manila (1632), and the Universidad de San Felipe de Austria (1640), among others.
The Benavides Monument is a memorial in the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines built to commemorate the founder of the University of Santo Tomas, Miguel de Benavides, O.P. Located in front of the UST Main Building, the monument consists of a bronze statue of Benavides rising on top of a granite pedestal. The present monument was unveiled in 1946.
The University of Santo Tomas is a private Catholic research university in Manila, Philippines. Founded in 1611 by the Order of Preachers, it is the oldest university in the Philippines and Asia. The university gives numerous awards, honors, prizes, and recognitions to its people and the general public who have substantial accomplishments or have exemplified the ideals of UST.
The Thomasian Welcome Walk (TWW) is an annual event of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. Freshmen walk through the Arch of the Centuries, a monument that served as the original doorway to the first campus of the university in Intramuros.