Founded in 1925 by Don Tomas Mapúa, an architecture graduate of Cornell University in the United States and the first registered architect of the Philippines, Mapúa University is the Philippines’ premier engineering and technological university.

Mapúa is a top Asian university, entering the prestigious Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings for 2019. It is a QS-rated university, obtaining a 3-star overall rating for excellence and 5-star rating in the categories of employability, facilities, and social responsibility. It has also been recognized by Times Higher Education (THE) for its social and economic impact, placing in the Partnership for the Goals category of the inaugural THE University Impact Rankings.

Envisioning itself to be among the best universities in the world, Mapúa unceasingly fosters its tradition of excellence in engineering and sciences, architecture and design, information technology, business and management, media studies, and social sciences education. It provides students a learning environment that will make them globally competitive, engaging in economically viable research, development, and innovation to provide state-of-the-art solutions to problems of industries and communities.

The University is the first school in Southeast Asia to obtain accreditation from the United States-based ABET ( and has the most number (14) of accredited engineering and computing programs in a single campus in the Philippines. It also has the most number of engineering programs (Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Environmental and Sanitary Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering; Information Technology) recognized as Centers of Excellence by the Philippine Commission Higher on Education.

Mapúa has been granted ISO certification on environmental management systems (ISO 14001:2015), testifying its dedication in reducing its carbon footprint, and has upgraded its ISO certification on quality management systems (ISO 9001:2008 to 9001:2015), demonstrating its processes and management systems’ adherence to international standards.

It has utilized digital technologies for learning and instruction, particularly Blackboard Learn, its learning management system, and Blackboard Collaborate, a video conferencing tool. Through these resources, Mapúa has conducted synchronous online lectures, dubbed as Digital Days, and has offered a set of online courses, also known as Digital Rush.

The University’s strong academic foundation ensures its graduates are of high caliber taking lead roles in the global arena. To date, it has produced more than 360 topnotchers across 11 of national professional licensure examinations since 2000. Its students are also prepared for the world of practice through their exposure to international on-the-job trainings, and research and development undertakings, which are achieved through the University’s continuous forming of international linkages with prestigious companies and universities.

Continuing its efforts to bolster the University’s world-class quality of education, Mapúa has strategized an advancement of its game plan envisioning itself as a digital, research-driven, outcomes-based, international domain (DROID) in response to globalization and the explosion of knowledge.



• Don Toma Mapúa, the Philippines’ first registered architect, founded Mapúa Institute of Technology on January 25, with Architecture and Civil Engineering as its initial programs.


• The Philippine Government recognized Mapúa as a legitimate learning institution.


• Mapúa opened its high school department in Doroteo Jose Street, Manila.


• Mapúa had its first licensed civil engineers with an average passing rate of 92%.


• Mapúa Civil Engineering graduates topped the board examinations, a preview of Mapúa’s future as a premier engineering and technological school in the Philippines.
• Mapúa joined the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA).


• Mapúa offered Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. It was the first private institution in the Philippines to offer these programs.


• Mapúa had its first high school graduates.


• The Mapúa Cardinals won their first NCAA basketball championship.


• From 75 students and 15 college instructors in 1925, Mapúa grew to 15,713 students and 336 instructors.
• Architecture and Planning students dominated the top 14 places in the architectural board examination.


• Mapúa became the first educational institution in Southeast Asia to acquire an electronic digital computer – the IBM 650.


• Oscar Mapúa Sr. assumed office as the second president of Mapúa.
• Mapúa started using computers for its administrative and management operations.


• Mapúa offered engineering testing services.


• Mapúa graduates consistently ranked number one in the board examinations and surpassed the national passing percentage for Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Mining Engineering.


• Mapúa instituted the Center for Continuing Education and Special Competencies (CCESC), providing both engineering and IT trainings and certifications.


• Mapúa offered Master of Science in Chemistry, its first graduate program.


• Mapúa published its first two SCOPUS-indexed papers, reflecting its ability to produce papers of higher scientific quality.


• Mapúa established the Office of Social Orientation and Community Involvement Program (SOCIP) to deliver community extension services for the welfare of people and planet.


• The Yuchengco Group of Companies, headed by Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco, took over the ownership of Mapúa.


• Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea became Mapúa’s third president.


• Mapúa pioneered the Quarter System or Quarterm in the Philippines.
• Mapúa opened its extension campus in Makati, which housed the School of Information Technology and the E.T. Yuchengco School of Business and Management.


• Mapúa was granted full autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for its high-quality education.
• Mapúa started offering consultancy services through Mapúa TechServ.


• Mapúa Cheerping Cardinals became NCAA’s first cheerleading competition champion.


• Mapúa offered its first two doctorate degrees, the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry and Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering.


• Mapúa was the first Philippine institution to adopt the Outcomes-Based Education (OBE).
• Mapúa opened the Malayan High School of Science, its wholly owned science high school in Pandacan, Manila.
• Mapúa founded Malayan Colleges Laguna, carrying its renowned topnotch education in engineering, maritime, and technological programs in Southern Luzon.


• Mapúa offered Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering, the first in the Philippines.


• Mapúa’s Civil Engineering program was granted Level IV accreditation by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA). This demonstrates its prestige and authority as a very high academic program in the country.


• Mapúa became the first school in Southeast Asia to receive accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (ABET-EAC) for its Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Electronics Engineering programs. This international accreditation provides assurance that these programs meet the quality standards of the professions for which they prepare graduates.
• Mapúa started offering international academic programs: international on-the-job (OJT) trainings, international plant visits, and student exchange. Industrial Engineering students have been sent to Singapore for Mapúa’s first international OJT.


• ABET-EAC granted accreditation to five more Mapúa engineering programs: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental and Sanitary Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (ABET-CAC) also granted accreditation to two of Mapúa’s computing programs: Computer Science and Information Technology.
• Two students taking up MS Environmental Engineering and BS Environmental and Sanitary Engineering went to Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan for Mapúa’s first international research internship.


• Mapúa started its patenting services.
• Industrial Engineering students went to Taiwan for Mapúa’s first international plant visit.


• Mapúa received full accreditation from the Philippine Technological Council – Accreditation and Certification Board for Engineering and Technology (PTC-ACBET) for its Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, and Industrial Engineering programs. PTC is the umbrella organization of 13 professional engineering organizations in the country. PTC is a provisional signatory member of the Washington Accord.
• Mapúa recorded six first placers in licensure examinations for chemical engineers, civil engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, sanitary engineers, and geologists.


• Mapúa opened the Yuchengco Innovation Center (YIC) to actively participate in the global conduct of research.


• Four more programs of Mapúa were granted PTC-ACBET accreditation: Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Environmental and Sanitary Engineering programs. Mapúa now has eight engineering programs with full accreditation from the PTC-ACBET.
• Mapúa’s Computer Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology programs received accreditation from the Philippine Computer Society Information and Computing Accreditation Board (PICAB). PICAB is a provisional signatory member of the Seoul Accord.
• CHED granted Center of Excellence (COE) status to eight of Mapúa’s undergraduate programs: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Environmental and Sanitary Engineering, Information Technology, and Mechanical Engineering. Mapúa currently has the most number of engineering programs with COE status.
• Mapúa opened its Senior High School, supporting the country’s implementation of the K to 12 system of basic education.
• Mapúa’s Team Aguila ranked 2nd among 35 competitors in the Prototype Gasoline Category on the seventh year of Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) Asia. The annual energy efficiency competition challenges students from different colleges and universities from 17 participating countries across Asia and Australia to build a car designed to run the longest distance with the least amount of fuel.


• On May 18, CHED granted university status to Mapúa. Mapúa Institute of Technology became Mapúa University.
• Helen Yuchengco Dee assumed office as the new chairperson of Mapúa University Board of Trustees.
• Mapúa became the institution to have the most number of ABET-accredited programs in a single campus in the country, with 11 ABET-EAC-accredited engineering programs: Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Environmental and Sanitary Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering; and three ABET-CAC-accredited computing programs: Computer Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology.
• Mapúa was awarded an overall rating of three stars for excellence by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The University received a five-star rating for three major categories: employability, social responsibility, and facilities. It has also earned four stars in inclusiveness and teaching categories.
• Mapúa had its first application for patent in the University’s Universal Structural Health Evaluation and Recording System (USHER).
• Mapúa moved to transform the university into a Digital, Research-Driven, Outcomes-Based, and International Domain (D.R.O.I.D.).
• Mapúa established Digital Days, delivering simultaneous online lectures to about 2,300 students in about 100 classes in a single timeslot.
• Mapúa launched Digital Academics, its online education platform, with the initial offering of fully online Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering program, the Philippines’ first fully online graduate program in engineering.


• Mapúa University entered the list of QS Asia Top 500 Universities, earning a spot in Rank 401-450. • Mapúa implemented Digital Rush, a set of fully online courses offered to undergraduate students during the morning and evening rush hours. This enables students to avoid traffic.
• Mapúa launched the Master in Business Analytics (MAN) program, the Philippines’ first graduate program in business analytics.
• Mapúa became the first university in the Philippines to be granted an ISO certification on environmental management systems (ISO 14001:2015) by TÜV-SÜD. Mapúa also upgraded its ISO certification on quality management systems, from 9001:2008 to 9001:2015.
• Mapúa University opened its subsidiary school in Davao City, the Malayan Colleges Mindanao, offering programs in engineering and architecture, arts and sciences, and computer studies.


• Mapúa University was included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ranking in the first ever Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings. Mapúa placed 301+ for the SDG Partnership for the Goals. The 2019 THE University Impact Rankings recognized universities across the world for their social and economic impact, based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
• Mapúa’s BS Civil Engineering program was recognized by United Kingdom’s Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Recognition is given to civil engineering degrees accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET), ensuring graduates of the programs their global professional qualification.
• Mapúa University unveiled its project Universal Structural Health Evaluation and Recording System or USHER, a major breakthrough in disaster preparedness that determines the structural integrity of buildings and other infrastructure in hopes of reducing casualties in the event of a devastating earthquake.
• Mapúa kicked off its first Paskong Mapúan, an annual university-wide tradition of celebrating Christmas and of thanksgiving.


• Mapúa entered the global Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020, ranking in five Sustainable Development Goals out of 17: SDG 6–Clean Water and Sanitation (Rank 101-200 out of 330 institutions); SDG 7–Affordable and Clean Energy (Rank 201-300 out of 361 institutions); SDG 8–Decent Work and Economic Growth (Rank 401+ out of 479 institutions); SDG 12–Responsible Consumption and Production (Rank 301+ out of 360 institutions); and SDG 17–Partnership for the Goals (Rank 601+ out of 806 institutions). Overall, Mapúa placed 601+ out of 766 participating institutions worldwide.
• Mapúa University, through its Center for Continuing Education and Special Competencies (CCESC), launched its CyberSecurity Academy to address the need for cybersecurity professionals in the face of increased threats and attacks on the digital space.
• Mapúa University introduced eSalba, a mobile and web-based application aimed at reducing disaster and health risks in the island province of Marinduque. eSalba was designed to help local government units in improving the disaster and health resiliency capabilities of 54,000 households in Marinduque.
• Mapúa University has started offering six Commission on Higher Education (CHED)-approved fully online bachelor’s degree programs in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science, and Information Technology, with credentials equal to their regular undergraduate program counterparts.
• Mapúa University was rated a 4-Star institution under the QS Intelligence Unit’s (QSIU) QS Stars Rating System. The QSIU is an independent organization providing global intelligence in line with the higher education sectors around the world.