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Science officials apologize over ‘insensitive’ Christmas poster

Netizens slammed the party’s title “Extra Joyful Krismas” for its supposed play on the EJK acronym.

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A shot of the poster, which was uploaded on Twitter on Dec. 14, garnered criticism for netizens. Photo used with permission from the original poster, who requested not to be credited.

Officials of the College of Science denounced on Saturday, Dec. 16, a poster for the college’s Christmas party, which drew flak online for its supposed “insensitivity” and “mockery” of the spate of extrajudicial killings (EJK) in the country.

In a Facebook post containing a statement from the Office of the Dean, the college assured that the poster was taken down after receiving reports of the “unfortunate” event. “We regret and condemn the posting of the unofficial and unapproved Christmas poster of the college,” the post read.

Netizens slammed the party’s title “Extra Joyful Krismas” for its supposed play on the EJK acronym, after a student, who requested not to be named, posted a shot of the poster on Twitter last Thursday, Dec. 14.

The “insensitive” poster also encouraged attendees to come in “bloody red” Christmas attire.
The college clarified that the poster was one of the suggestions for the Christmas party but was never approved by the office.

The poster was nonetheless found plastered in the halls of the college without any stamp of approval from the dean or the Office of the Secretary General before it was subsequently removed.

The officials added that “the College is steadfast in the formation of competent, committed, and compassionate Christians of high moral standards.”

The college’s student council likewise assured in a tweet that “the [dean’s] office is currently taking necessary actions” to make sure that the said event does not happen again.

The rampant cases of EJKs and other human rights violations in the country under the term of President Rodrigo Duterte has drawn international attention and strong criticism.

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International humanitarian group Human Rights Watch has documented more than 12,000 deaths in the Philippines, including EJKs, linked to the government’s brutal war against drugs.

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UST aces June 2018 nursing boards

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The University posted a perfect passing rate in the June 2018 licensure examination for nurses as all four Thomasian examinees passed.

Carmela Niña Sampaga Tormo led the new batch of Thomasian nurses, landing on the ninth spot with a score of 85.60 percent.

Last year, UST also recorded a perfect passing rate in which all the four Thomasian examinees passed.

Mark Tristan Pangilinan Robosa of University of Pangasinan topped this year’s board exams with a score of 87.60 percent.

Meanwhile, West Visayas State University – La Paz, Velez College and Xavier University were named top performing schools with a perfect passing rate.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 4,326 out of 9,873 examinees nationwide passed the board exam. 

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UST retains spot in 2019 QS world ranking, fourth in PH top universities

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The University retained its spot on the 801-1,000 bracket of the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, placing fourth among the Philippine universities that made it on the list.

The University of the Philippines kept its place as the country’s top university despite going down in the 384th place from last year’s 367th.

Ateneo de Manila University went down to the 651-700 bracket from the 551-600 last year.

Moreover, De La Salle University joined UST in the 801-1,000 bracket after dropping from last year’s 701-750 bracket.

Despite remaining unmoved from its last year’s spot, UST remained as the only Philippine university to receive a QS four-star rating.

A four-star rated university is “highly international, demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching,” the QS Top Universities website stated.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was hailed again for the seventh-straight year as the top university in the world.

The National University of Singapore dethroned the Nanyang Technological University as the best in Asia, placing 11th worldwide.

The universities are evaluated based on six factors: academic reputation (40%) , employer reputation (10%) ,  faculty/student ratio (20%) , citations per faculty (20%), international faculty ratio (5%), and international student ratio (5%).—B. Laforga

 

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UST slumps in May 2018 chemical eng’g boards

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The University posted a lower passing rate in the May 2018 licensure examination for chemical engineers.

UST registered a 20.69-percent passing rate, wherein only six out of 29 Thomasians passed. Last year, the University garnered a passing rate of 58.82 percent, with 20 out of 34 Thomasian passers.

However, no Thomasians made it to the roster of topnotchers.

Peter Matthew Paul Toribio Fowler of Mapua Institute of Technology-Manila led the new batch of chemical engineers with a score of 83 percent. Meanwhile, De La Salle University-Manila remained as the top performing school, recording a 96.55-percent passing rate.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 296 out of 636 examinees nationwide passed the board exam.

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