The Faculty of Engineering once again has the highest number of enrollees among the 19 colleges in the University for the first semester of academic year 2012-2013 with a total of 7, 394 students, according to the June 19, 2012 statistics of the Registrar’s office.
Dean Josefin S. De Alban, Jr. of the Faculty of Engineering said that the Faculty holds the largest population because its operation is equivalent to two or three colleges. The dean thinks that it is due to the current demand for Information Systems courses. He said that they are just maximizing the use of the facilities at the Roque Ruaño building.
The three percent increase in the tuition fee last year did not particularly affect the enrollment rate, not just in his Faculty, but also in the whole University. Many students have left, yet many are still enrolling. De Alban said that the increase is not a penalty but a means to accommodate other students; and that is proven by the scholarship grants provided by the University, which is more than the minimum requirement of CHEd. “We chose not to be exclusive in the sense that we want to open gates for more people to avail of Thomasian education,” he added.
The total number of freshman enrollees of the University in the same statistics summed to 12, 800. The Faculty of Engineering also shares the largest portion with 1, 881 first year students. When asked what certain factors invite students to study in the University, De Alban said that it is not only the name but the goodwill UST has generated over the years. He also said that UST provides normal circumstances for students offering only two semesters per year. And because of this, the students “look forward to be given time, they look forward to studying in the second semester.” The University lets its students take time to develop. “There is a tradition that we cannot break in terms of time,” because “life itself is being celebrated right when you are in school,” De Alban explained.
There had been a change in the curriculum four years ago for all the five-year courses. The passing rate in the government board examination remains above 50 percent. “We will improve on it,” said De Alban.
Following Engineering with the most number of students are the Faculty of Arts and Letters and AMV College of Accountancy with a total of 4,257 and 4, 000 students, respectively. The Thomasian population stays strong with a total of 43, 221 enrollees this semester.
By Chleobel Birginias
Graphics by Julius Renomeron, Jr.