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By Patricia Lanzagarita

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas BS Accountancy alumna Shannen Jagwani was the top scorer worldwide for the May/June 2023 Certified Management Accountant Examination.

The examination evaluates the ability of the test takers in 12 critical competencies such as internal controls, external financial reporting decisions, cost management, corporate finance, investment decisions and risk management, among others.

Jagwani earned the Priscilla Payne Outstanding Student Performance Award for being the top scorer.

The assessment was administered by the Institute of Management Accountants of the Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business.

The group has over 140,000 members worldwide.

By Arturo Belano

DESPITE its big drop in ranking, Ateneo de Manila University remained the top education institution in the country for 2024 based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Ranking.

Landing on the 1001-1200 bracket, Ateneo had an overall score of 28.3-32.6 based on five pillars —teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

The university dropped from its previous ranking of 351-400.

The University of the Philippines and the De La Salle University also fell to the 1201-1500 and 1501+ brackets, respectively.

UP was in the 801-1000 spot in 2023, while DLSU was ranked 1201-1500.

Meanwhile, the University of Santo Tomas was in 1501+ bracket, an improvement from last year’s “reporter status.”

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 include 1,904 universities across 108 countries and regions, making it the largest and most diverse university rankings to date.

The assessment is based on new WUR 3.0 methodology, which includes 18 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance in five areas — teaching, research environment, research quality, industry, and international outlook.

This year’s ranking analysed more than 134 million citations across 16.5 million research publications and included survey responses from 68,402 scholars globally. Overall, THE collected 411,789 datapoints from more than 2,673 institutions that submitted data.

Meanwhile, Cebu Technological University, Central Luzon State University, University of Eastern Philippines, Mapua University, Mariano Marcos State University, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Nueva Ecijia University of Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, Tarlac Agricultural University, and Visayas State University submitted data for inclusion in the rankings but did not make the cut.

By Arturo Belano

A STUDY conducted by a professor of the University of Santo Tomas was the highlight of the International Conference on Science, Technology, and Innovation for Sustainable Development held in Vietnam.

Alan Rodelle Salcedo, chairman of the Department of Chemistry and a researcher on chemical sensors, presented his study on mercury vapor detection using smartphone cameras and red cabbage extract.

Salcedo discussed the technique using smartphone camera-based colometric detection in the “Innovative Life Science and Smart Materials” session of the conference.

His work, based on papers co-authored with Academician Professor Emeritus Fortunato Sevilla III, was published in Instrumentation Science and Technology and Acta Manilana.

UST said Salcedo’s paper seeks to address the need for ways “to detect atmospheric pollutants of concern in the environment.”

Through digital imaging analysis, the parameters encompassed color values, the polymer reagent binder, Cul quantity, exposure duration, and Hg0 concentration.

Themed “Establishment of Sustainable Technological Solution for Industry and Society,” the two-day conference in Vietnam gathered academics, researchers, scholars, and industry practitioners from around the world to share and discuss recent advances in sustainable science, technology and innovation.

By Arturo Belano

AN ASSISTANT professor from the University of Santo Tomas bagged the Best Book of Nonfiction in Filipino in the 2022 Gintong Aklat Awards.

Dr. Joselito Delos Reyes was recognized for his book “#Pasahero: mga nakikisakay na sanaysay.”

The book wheels through an avenue where readers are invited to ponder upon shared experiences embodied in his essays.
It was published by the UST Publishing House in 2021.

“Paglalahad lang naman ng pakikisakay, paglalakbay, at pagiging pasahero ang naisulat ko doon sa aklat. Pero dahil pasahero tayong lahat, one way or another, baka may shared experiences tayo na pwede pag-isipan, pagnilayan, at kung may matutuhan, kahit hindi sadya, makakabuti,” Delos Reyes said.

“Sa mga nagsisikap makapagsulat, may award man o wala, maging popular man o hindi, pagsikapan sanang sumulat o mag-articulate ng ideya na makapagpapabuti sa kalagayan ng tao at lipunan, to make people a tad more intelligent, discerning, and reflective sa mga nangyayari sa kanilang paligid, at makatulong sa ikabubuti ng lipunan,” he added.

“Maging magaling na manunulat, yes. Pero higit sa pagiging magaling, maging mabuti. Maging makatao. May validation man ng awards o kadalasan, wala,” he stressed.

Delos Reyes is a resident fellow of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies. He is also an academic researcher of the UST Research Center for Culture, Arts, and Humanities.

Currently, he is the Creative Writing program coordinator of the UST Department of Literature.

Established in 1981, the Gintong Aklat Awards are given out regularly by the Book Development Association of the Philippines to outstanding book publishers.

The awards are meant to recognize excellence in bookmaking. The event is held every two years.