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 school.

Mapúa is a topnotch, globally recognized University. It is included in the 2021 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings, ranking in the Top 501-550. Coming from 3 Stars in 2017, it also managed to attain an overall rating of 4 QS Stars in 2020, garnering high ratings under eight performance categories: 5 QS Stars rating under Employability, Facilities, and Social Responsibility categories; 4 QS Stars rating under Teaching and Inclusiveness categories; 4 QS Stars rating under the Program Strength category for its Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program; and 3 QS Stars rating under Internationalization and Academic Development categories.

The University unceasingly fosters its tradition of excellence in engineering, sciences, architecture and design, information technology, communication and media studies, social sciences and education, and accountancy and business management.

Mapúa’s undergraduate programs are recognized by various local and international accreditation bodies. It is the first school in Southeast Asia to obtain accreditation from the United States-based ABET (www.abet.org). To date, the University offers 11 engineering programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, namely, 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. It also offers 3 computing programs accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, namely, Computer Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology.

It also has the most number of engineering programs recognized as Centers of Excellence by the Philippines’ Commission on Higher Education (CHED): Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Environmental and Sanitary Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Mapúa is also a named Center of Excellence for Information Technology Education with Computer Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology as program offerings in the field.

Championing sustainable engineering and innovations, Mapúa advocates for environment protection and preservation. Mapúa was granted an 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.

Mapúa programs are powered by cutting-edge 21st century innovations for teaching and learning. Through the Cardinal EDGE (Education in a Digital and Global Environment), Mapúa provides a virtual classroom that can deliver real-time video conferencing across 100 classes involving 2,300 students in a single period. It launched Digital Day, initiative to continuously deliver classes in the event of sudden face-to-face class suspensions due to unforeseen situations such as calamities and threats and Digital Rush, its online undergraduate classes scheduled from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., for its students to avoid the traffic rush hours.

The University also established Mapúa ÚOx or Ubiquitous Online Experience to offer asynchronous fully online graduate and undergraduate programs that allow students to learn at their own pace and space. It houses a total of 9 fully online master’s degree programs in engineering and IT: Master of Engineering (MEP) programs in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, and Industrial Engineering; Master of Science (MS) programs in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering programs; and Master in Information Technology (MIT). Mapúa is the first to offer CHED-approved fully online bachelor’s degree programs in engineering and information technology in the country, namely, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science, and Information Technology.

The University ensures its graduates are of high caliber ready to take lead roles in the global arena. It has produced a total of 379 board topnotchers across 11 of Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)-administered licensure examinations since 2000. Its students are also prepared for the world of practice through their exposure to international programs, such as, international on-the-job trainings, international plant visits, summer school, English camp, study abroad program, and dual-degree programs. Mapúa also exposes them to research, development, and innovation (RDI) initiatives as their training ground to become future enablers of state-of-the-art solutions to problems of industries and communities.

History

1925

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

1926

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

1928

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

1929

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

1930

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

1940

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

1941

Mapúa has had its first high school graduates.

1949

The Mapúa Cardinals have won their first NCAA basketball championship.

1960

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

1963

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

1967

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

1968

Mapúa has offered engineering testing services.

1989

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

1977

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

1986

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

1996

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

1997

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

1999

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

2000

Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea has become Mapúa’s third president.

2002

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

2003

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

2004

Mapúa Cheerping Cardinals have become NCAA’s first cheerleading competition champion.

2005

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

2006

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

2008

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

2009

Mapúa’s Civil Engineering program has been 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.

2010

• Mapúa has become the first school in East Asia to receive accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (ABET-EAC) for its Electronics, Electrical, and Computer Engineering programs. This international accreditation provides assurance that these programs meet the quality standards of the professions for which they prepare graduates.
• Mapúa has 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.

2011

• ABET-EAC has granted accreditation to five more engineering programs: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental and Sanitary Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (ABET-CAC) has 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 have been sent to Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan for Mapúa’s first international research internship.

2012

• Mapúa has started its patenting services.
• Industrial Engineering students have been sent to Taiwan for Mapúa’s first international plant visit.

2014

• Mapúa has received 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 member of the Washington Accord. Mapúa has been the first private institution in the Philippines to receive accreditation from PTC-ACBET.
• Mapúa has recorded six first placers in licensure examinations for chemical engineers, civil engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, sanitary engineers, and geologists.

2015

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

2016

• Four more programs of Mapúa have been 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 by the PTC-ACBET.
• Mapúa’s Computer Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology programs have received accreditation from the Philippine Computer Society Information and Computing Accreditation Board (PICAB). PICAB is a provisional signatory member of the Seoul Accord.
• CHED has granted Center of Excellence (COE) status to nine 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 has opened its Senior High School, supporting the country’s implementation of the K to 12 system of basic education.
• Mapúa’s Team Aguila ranked second 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.

2017

• On May 18, CHED has granted university status to Mapúa. Mapúa Institute of Technology has become Mapúa University.
• Helen Yuchengco Dee has assumed office as the new chairperson of Mapúa University Board of Trustees.
• Mapúa has become 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 has been awarded an overall rating of three stars for excellence by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The University has 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 has had its first application for patent in the University’s Universal Structural Health Evaluation and Recording System (USHER).
• Mapúa has moved to transform the university into a Digital, Research-Driven, Outcomes-Based, and International Domain (D.R.O.I.D.).
• Mapúa has established Digital Days, delivering simultaneous online lectures to about 2,300 students in about 100 classes in a single timeslot.
• Mapúa has 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.

2018

• Mapúa University has entered the list of QS Asia Top 500 Universities, earning a spot in Rank 401-450.
• Mapúa has 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 has launched the Master in Business Analytics (MAN) program, the Philippines’ first graduate program in business analytics.
• Mapúa has become the first university in the Philippines to be granted an ISO certification on environmental management systems (ISO 14001:2015) by TÜV-SÜD. Mapúa has also upgraded its ISO certification on quality management systems, from 9001:2008 to 9001:2015.
• Mapúa University has opened its subsidiary school in Davao City, the Malayan Colleges Mindanao, offering programs in engineering and architecture, arts and sciences, and computer studies.

2019

  • Mapúa University has been 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 has been 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 has 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 has kicked off its first Paskong Mapúan, an annual university-wide tradition of celebrating Christmas and of thanksgiving.

2020

  • Mapúa has entered the global Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020, rankin 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), has 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 has 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 has been 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.


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