Quality Education a Vital Tool for Nat'l Development, Says Aquino

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MANILA, Philippines (PNA) - President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday said quality education, which he described as a vital tool for national development and social change, must be able to develop not only competitive citizens but also people exposed to the realities of the world.In his keynote address at the 10th Biennial Conference of the International Council of the Universities of St. Thomas Aquinas (ICUSTA) at the UST Chapel, the President said this is the kind of quality education exemplified by the University of Santo Tomas (UST) that the government wants educational institutions in the country to follow."For four centuries, the University of Santo Tomas has educated the best this country has to offer," he noted. "But when we look back at the long list of distinguished individuals this institution has produced, it is not merely education that sets them apart, but principles," the President saidUST, the President noted, has made it a noble mission to instill Catholic principles to its students while at the same time giving them quality education, thus producing "people who have learned to balance their intellect on an unshakeable foundation of morality.""The formation of the human mind requires a curriculum that is not merely empirical, contingent and relative, but one that is humanizing," he added.The President said he is determined to work hard to give Filipinos a better life as he noted that many leave the country to seek jobs overseas due to lack of opportunities here. …