(L-R) School of Graduate Studies Dean Dr. Jonathan W.L. Salvacion; Mapúa President and CEO Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea; Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Bonifacio T. Doma, Jr.; Registrar Lobella G. Damian; and Continuous Quality Improvement Office Director Cesar C. Coronado receive the university status grant for Mapúa at the Commission on Higher Education on May 18, 2017.
Mapúa Institute of Technology is now called Mapúa University following the granting of university status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) today, May 18.
Mapúa, founded in 1925 by the country’s first and foremost architect Tomas Mapúa, is a recognized higher education institution for engineering and technology. Its ownership was transferred to the Yuchengco Group of Companies at the turn of the century.
“The grant of university status caps a protracted process of quality enhancement in Mapúa education and of research capability building. We feel fulfilled and honored by this award. It behooves us to strive to reach greater heights," said Mapúa president and chief executive officer Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea.
It has always been Mapúa’s mission to be among the best universities in the world. In fulfilling this, the university has pioneered the adoption of the outcomes-based education system (OBE) in 2006 in order to fine-tune its programs and align them to international standards. OBE is a learner-centered approach requiring students to validate their knowledge through measurable outcomes. This benefitted the students as several engineering and computing programs became accredited by the US-based ABET two years later.
With the ABET accreditation, students under the programs can easily pursue further studies and gain career opportunities in countries wherein ABET is recognized.
Mapúa has also gained recognition in terms of its research capabilities, having research projects that aim to solve problems of industries and communities worldwide. With this, the number of research publications in reputable and internationally refereed journals has increased, a significant criterion for the university status grant.
In addition, Mapúa has been making strides in its implementation of various international programs and forging linkages across the globe through the Office of Admissions and International Programs and the Office of International Linkages for Research and Development.