Lifelong learning is the key for success in the modern global marketplace

University of Santo Tomas Graduate School: Educating and promoting continuous improvement in individuals

Creating seminars and courses on Total Quality Management to give their students an edge over the competition

One of the core concepts behind Quality Culture and Total Quality Management is the idea of continuous improvement, an idea that has recently been reincarnated in the academic world within the concepts of “continuous learning” and “lifelong learning.” Two different names for the same concept, these initiatives are based on the recognition of the power and possibilities that any human being can achieve if they took life as an opportunity to keep learning new and valuable things throughout.

An even then, the “eternal student” is not new—Socrates and Leonardo Da Vinci proudly embodied this ideal by learning new trades and arts through their entire lives. The importance of keeping the mind active and pliable, not just for famous artists and philosophers, but for everyone, was not fully understood until the last 30 years.

The past three decades of globalization and technological revolution has led to a widespread understanding of the importance of reinvention, ultra-specialization, and of course, the ever present need to keep learning in the face of the dizzying pace of technological change in order to prevent obsoletion.

It is precisely because of the unquestionable need to keep on learning that formal education institutions have created graduate programs, graduate schools, and post-doctoral degrees. These represent a concerted effort to provide avenues for lifelong learning to all their students, and by doing so, give them the edge to survive in this competitive global society.

One such prestigious educational institution is the University of Santo Tomas, in the Philippines. UST has created a Graduate School that offers lifelong learning, new ultra-specialization options in different fields of work, and even a Center for Continuing Professional Education and Development for adults wishing to advance their careers or enrich their lives.

Seminars on Lean Management and Ethics

The UST Graduate School offers Continuing Professional Education programs to registered/ licensed professionals, trailblazing conferences, short term certification courses, skill training, seminars, and workshops utilizing higher-learning techniques responsive to the needs of a diverse set of students. The Graduate School utilizes a multidisciplinary approach that supports its main mission of producing, advancing, and transmitting knowledge for the formation of competent and compassionate professionals committed to the service of the church, the nation, and the global community.

By no means an easy feat, Santo Tomas University’s goal of creating a program that could provide their former students with the opportunity to keep studying through their entire lives is a marvellous effort to provide high quality academic assistance far beyond what other educational institutions usually offer.

The University of Santo Tomas hosts a diverse array of options, both in single sessions and over the course of a semester or just a few weeks, giving those wishing to study the ability to take on what their schedules allow for. These options include short courses such as a seminary on ethics in research involving human participants for graduate students, an international conference on social protection and poverty alleviation in a time of global uncertainty, a certified course on investment management, and several Lean Six Sigma certifications. Vital activities, seminars, certifications and the publishing of research studies all contribute to the University’s and the Graduate School’s core mission.

As a part of the Graduate School, Santo Tomas University, also has a Center for Continuing Professional Education & Development (CCPED). Such center is the extension unit of the UST Graduate School which provides Continuing Professional Education programs to registered/ licensed professionals offering trailblazing conferences, short term certification courses, trainings, seminars and workshops utilizing higher learning techniques responsive to the needs of diverse publics.

For understanding the core Continuous Improvement concept behind Quality Culture and applying it to give its students a competitive edge, as well as for promoting and educating on lean management and other crucial techniques behind Total Quality Management models, Business Initiative Directions wishes to grant the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School with the 2016 BID International Quality Award.


BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries. The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level. Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.