Not everyone may be excited about the eventual opening of the University of Santo Tomas in Gensan but am sure that a majority are agog about it. The UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS- GENERAL SANTOS (UST-GENSAN) is a branch of the University of Santo Tomas, the Pontifical, Royal and Catholic University of the Philippines, founded in 1611 by Miguel de Benavides, OP., inspired by the ideals of St. Dominic de Guzman, and guided by the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas.
The proposed University of Santo Tomas Campus sits on a lot area of approximately eighty (80) hectares located at Barangay Ligaya in General Santos City. The scope of the project includes the following:
- A provision of Road Networks within the site that will connect to the main road.
- A provision of walkways with trees and vegetation for shade for pedestrian use.
- A provision of “Main gate and security”.
Since the site is agricultural in nature, the concept of retaining, transferring and replacement of existing vegetation has been acknowledged. There will be provisions for the following:
- Lagoon for Storm Drain
- Sewage Treatment Lagoon
- Drainage Pipes
- Septic Tanks
- Hydrant and sewage filtration plant
Initially four structures will be constructed:
- Multi-purpose Gym
- University Chapel
- Fathers’ Residence
- Main Building
Initial academic programs to be offered are:
- Education, Humanities, and the Social Sciences
- Business and Accountancy
- Information Technology
- Hospitality Industry
- Food Industry
MISSION: UST-GENSAN is dedicated to the pursuit of Truth through the generation, advancement, and transmission of knowledge for the formation of competent and compassionate professionals, committed to the service of the Church, the nation, and the global community.
VISION: FAITHFUL TO UST’S CENTURIES-OLD TRADITION of excellence, UST-GENSAN envisions herself as a premiere institution of higher learning in Mindanao, actualizing the professional and moral formation of students, and effecting social transformation.