The timeliness and timelessness of the Ƶapp extend beyond the four walls of the campus. Recognizing the value of strong and beneficial partnerships, UST maintains linkages with partner universities and educational institutions here and abroad, with the top players in the industry, with Philippine government institutions, and with the respected professional organizations.

Such partnerships and linkages allow UST to engage in meaningful collaboration, that leads to student and faculty mobility, research collaboration, joint scientific activities, scholarship grants, curricular enhancement, and policy formulation, among others.




Internationalization is a thrust of the Ƶapp, in its attempt to foster mutually beneficial and enriching partnerships with educational institutions, associations, and consortia. Such a thrust has several facets: student mobility, academic and administrative staff mobility, program mobility, research collaboration, and the conduct of joint scientific/academic activities.

All these are facilitated by the Office of International Relations and Programs (OIRP), established in 2013. The OIRP liaises with the different faculties, colleges, institutes, and schools, which have their own Internationalization Coordinators, for the efficient management of the University’s linkages.



Student Mobility

Student Mobility in the Ƶapp takes the form of:

  • Student Exchange Programs;
  • Research Attachments;
  • Internships/Clinical Rotation; and
  • Service Learning.

Among the activities done are:

  • Summer School Program;
  • Discovery Tours;
  • Academic Visits; and
  • Leadership Trainings.
Transnational Researches
Transnational Education

Transnational Education takes any of the three forms:

  • Twinning Arrangements
  • Articulation Agreements
  • Joint/Dual Degrees

These are done with partner universities abroad.

Internationalization at Ƶapp

Industry Partnership

Diplomatic Corps

Industry Partnership

The University actively engages the industry, appreciating the fact that for its curricular offerings to be relevant, they must be responsive to the needs of the industry. UST’s graduates are employed in respectable institutions and companies locally and abroad, and members of the industry involve themselves in revising and updating curricular offerings in several academic units. Likewise, our partners in the industry help make Thomasians’ dreams come true, through their generous support and continued assistance through scholarships and other forms of grants.

External Scholarships

These are some of the Partner Foundations that provided scholarship grants to Thomasians, through the San Martin de Porres External Scholarships:

  • Aboitiz Equity Ventures, INc.
  • Analog Devices Inc – General Trias
  • Ayala Foundation, Inc.
  • CTC Foundation, Inc. (Casas + Architects, Inc.)
  • Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc.
  • Commission on Higher Education
  • Daewoong Pharma Phils., Inc.
  • Equitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Megaworld Foundation, Inc.
  • Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI)
  • MBFI – Access II
  • MBFI – Boysen (Pacific Paint Philippines, Inc.)
  • MBFI – Fluor
  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) – Regional Welfare Office
  • Philippine Business for Education
  • Philippine S & T Development Foundation – Manila, Inc.
  • PhilDev – Goldilocks (Goldilocks Bakeshop, Inc.)
  • PhilDev – Shell (Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc.)
  • Rebisco Foundation, Inc.
  • Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (SEI-DOST)
  • SY^2 Foundation, Inc. 
Media Organizations

The Ƶapp has partnered with these media outfits over the years for meaningful and educational projects:

  • ABS-CBN Corporation
  • GMA 7

International Educational Institution Partners

Partner Universities/Colleges

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Curtin University
  • Deakin University
  • Griffith University
  • Joanna Briggs Institute
  • Macquarie University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • RMIT University
  • University of Canberra
  • University of New Castle
  • University of South Australia
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of Wollongong
  • Victoria University
  • Daffodil International University 
  • Education for an Interdependent World (EDIW)
  • ICHEC Brussels Management School
  • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  • Niagara College 
  • University of British Columbia
  • Universidad de Santo Tomas
  • Fudan University
  • University of Macau
Czech Republic
  • Tomas Bata University in Ziin
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • Institut Catholique de Toulous
  • N + i France Network of Engineering Institute
  • Université Catholique de Lille
  • Helmholtz Zentrum Fur Infektionsforschung Gmbh, Braunschweig
  • Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt, Weimar
  • Integrative Pilforschung Senckenberg
  • SRH Hochschule Berlin – The International Management University
  • University of Bayreuth
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Hongkong S.A.R.
  • Hongkong Polytechnic University
  • Nitte University
  • Atma Jaya Catholic University
  • Atma Jaya Yogyakarta University
  • Binus University
  • Research Center for Regional Resources – The Indonesian Institute of Sciences
  • Sanata Dharma University
  • Universitas Airlangga
  • Universitas Katolik Darma Cendika
  • Universitas Kristen Indonesia
  • Universitas Mercu Buana
  • Universitas Ubudiyah Indonesia
  • Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Universita Degli Studi Di Brescia
  • Istituto Marangoni
  • Chiba University
  • Dokkyo Medical University
  • Elisabeth University of Music
  • Gifu University
  • Hijiyama University and Junior College
  • Hiroshima University
  • Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine
  • Kyoto University Institute of Chemical Research
  • Nagoya City University
  • Niigata University of Health and Welfare
  • Oita University
  • Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)
  • St. Catherine University
  • Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
  • Tottori College of Nursing
  • University of Shiga Prefecture
  • Yokohama National University
Macau S.A.R.
  • University of Macau
  • INTI International University
  • Management and Science University
  • Open University Malaysia
  • Taylor’s University
  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • University of Malaya
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Universiti Teknologi Petronas
  • Universidad de Monterrey
New Zealand
  • International Pacific College Tertiary Institute (IPC)
  • University of Otago
  • Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza im. Stanisława Staszica – AGH University of Science and Technology
  • Wyźsza Szkola Kultury Społecznej I Medialnej (WSKSiM) – College of Social and Media Culture
  • Kozminski University
  • Lodz University of Technology
  • Wyźsza Szkoła Europejska – Tischner European University
  • Wyźsza Szkoła Informatyki I Zarządzania z siedzibą w Rzeszowie – University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow
  • National University of Singapore
  • National Gallery Singapore
South Korea
  • Catholic University of Daegu
  • Catholic University of Korea
  • Chonbuk National University
  • Chungnam National University
  • Dongguk University
  • Dongseo University
  • Gyeongju University
  • Kongju National University
  • Korea Tourism Organization
  • Kyung Hee University
  • Sangmyung University
  • Sejong University
  • Seoul National University
  • Seoul National University of Science and Technology
  • Sogang University
  • Soongsil University
  • Yeungnam College of Science and Technology
  • Yeungnam University
  • Institut Catala de Nanociéncia i Nanotecnologia (ICN 2)
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports (MECS)
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
  • Universidad Catolica Santa Teresa de Jesus de Avila
  • Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia
  • Universidad Catolica de Valencia San Vicente Martir
  • Universidad de La Rioja
  • University of Oviedo
  • Linneaus University
  • Academia Sinica
  • Chung Yuan Christian University
  • Fu Jen Catholic University
  • Kaohsiung Medical University
  • National Central University
  • National Dong Hwa University
  • National Kaoshiung University of Hospitality and Tourism
  • National Sun Yat Sen University
  • National Taiwan Normal University
  • National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
  • National Tsing Hua University
  • Providence University
  • Tzu Chi University
  • Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages
  • Assumption University
  • Chiang Mai University
  • Chulalongkorn University
  • Mahidol University
  • Saint Louis College
  • Siam University
  • Srinakharinwirot University
  • Thaybay Educational Network
  • Thammasat University
  • Ubon Ratchathani Rajabhat University
  • Ukrainian Catholic University
United Kingdom
  • Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment
  • St. Mary’s University, Twickenham
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Reading
United States of America
  • California Baptist University
  • Catholic University of America
  • City University of New York – York College
  • Duke University School of Nursing
  • Kent State University
  • Menssana Research, Inc.
  • Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Rowan University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Therapeutic Health Services
  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Hawaii – John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Kansas – Natural History Museum and Biodiversity
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Southern California
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • University of Washington Bothell
  • University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Vietnam

Networks UST is a part of

Ƶapp International Mobility for Students (AIMS)

European Union – Support for Higher Education in the Ƶapp Region (EU-SHARE)

Asian University Presidents Forum (AUPF)

Association of Southeast Asian Institutes of Higher Learning (ASAIHL)

International Association of Universities (IAU)

International Council of the Universities of Saint Thomas Aquinas

International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU)

N.B. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., PhD, is a board member.

The Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP)

University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP)

Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Media, and Design

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion (SSEASR)

Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization – Regional Center for Education Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO-INNOTECH)

University Museums and Collections (UMAC)

New Colombo Plan

National Policy-Making

Technical Panels / Committees / Councils

Business and Management Education

Prof. Eduardo G. Ong, PhD

Graduate School

Engineering and Technology Panel

Asst. Prof. Dolores S.D. Cleofas, PhD

Faculty of Engineering

Health Professions Education Panel
Humanities Education

Professor Emeritus Alfredo P. Co, PhD

Faculty of Arts and Letters

Psychology Committee

Prof. Ma. Claudette A. Agnes, PhD

College of Science

Social Sciences and Communication

Prof. Ma. Claudette A. Agnes, PhD

College of Science

Transnational and Distance Education
Institutional Sustainability Assessment (ISA) Teams
Institutional Sustainability Assessment
Pharmacy Continuing Professional Development Council
Physical Therapy Continuing Professional Development Council
Psychology Continuing Professional Development Council

Prof. Ma. Claudette A. Agnes, PhD


Teacher Education Council

Prof. Allan B. de Guzman, PhD

College of Education

Representative for Luzon

Assoc. Prof. Archie B. Resos, PhD

Faculty of Arts and Letters

Representative for Social Studies Teachers

Professional Organizations


Engr. Nestor R. Ong, Ƶapp Eng., PIE, MSIE

Member, 2017 – Present

Philippine Sociological Society

Asst. Prof. Louie Benedict Ignacio, PhD


Prof. Clarence M. Batan, PhD

President, 2017-2018

Philippine Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Prof. Grecebio Jonathan D. Alejandro, Dr. rer. nat.

Asst. Prof. Andrea Vargas, PhD

Prof. John Donnie A. Ramos, PhD
Immediate Past ʰԳ

Philippine Medical Association

Prof. Maria Minerva P. Calimag, MD, PhD
President (2022-Present; 2014-2016)

Philippine Society of Hypertension

Prof. Leilani Mercado-Asis, MD


Linguistic Society of the Philippines

Linguistic Society of the Philippines

Prof. Rachelle B. Lintao, PhD
Vice-President (2021-2023)

Assoc. Prof. Alejandro S. Bernardo, PhD

President (2019-2021)

Local Educational Institutions

The Ƶapp likewise has standing memoranda of agreement with educational institutions in the Philippines.

  • Ateneo de Davao University
  • Aklan Catholic College
  • St. Louis College – La Union
  • Universidad de Sta. Isabel
  • University of Immaculate Conception (Davao)
  • University of Mindanao
  • University of San Agustin (Iloilo)
  • University of San Carlos (Cebu)
  • Ƶapp – Legazpi (Albay)