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University of Santo Tomas, Manila

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Contact: +63 2 406 1611
Open Hours: 24 hours, daily.
Asia's first university, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) was founded in 1611, antedating Harvard, America's oldest institution of higher learning. UST was located inside Intramuros but moved to its present site in 1927 to accommodate the growing student body. The front campus is distinguished by large tracts of lawn, an arc de triomphe and two circular fountains. At the far end stands a medieval-looking structure topped by a huge clock tower and statues of saints, philosophers and great writers. A leisurely walk will take you past different colleges devoted to the humanities, sciences, arts and music.