Muhamad Azim Bin Januddin (left) and Carlyena Lasius (right), exchange students from Malaysia taking up Mechanical Engineering, chose Mapúa for its reputation as the best engineering school in the Philippines.
For Muhamad Azim Bin Januddin and Carlyena Lasius, two Malaysian exchange students from the Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysia France Institute (UniKL MFI), their stay at Mapúa Institute of Technology has been a rewarding experience.
Both taking up Mechanical Engineering at Mapúa, Januddin and Lasius chose the Institute for its reputation as the best engineering school in the Philippines. The two are taking up Mechatronics at UniKL MFI.
“I got a call from my university that I have been selected to join the student exchange program. When I got the list, I saw Mapúa. I researched about the school and found out that Mapúa is the best engineering school in the Philippines, so I thought I have to study here,” Januddin said.
He added that while researching, he came upon Mapúa’s achievement during the recently concluded Shell Eco-Marathon Asia wherein Mapúa’s Team Aguila placed second among 35 international competitors in the Prototype Gasoline Category.
“I want to learn more about Shell Eco-Marathon, so I decided to go here in Mapúa to find out what technology students use for the car,” Januddin said.
Meanwhile, Lasius’ instructor from UniKL MFI advised her that Mapúa is the best school to go in the Philippines for engineering.
“He told me that you have to take the subjects that you think you can pass because Mapúa is the best engineering school in the Philippines, so the quality of education and passing rate is very high,” Lasius shared. Most schools in the Philippines have a passing rate of 75%, while UniKL’s passing rate is 60%.
The two exchange students also appreciate the English language skills of Filipinos, as it makes it easier for them to make friends and communicate with others.
“One of the reasons why I chose Mapúa is because everyone here speaks English,” said Lasius.
“I really like the study environment and the students. Everyone here speaks English so it’s easy for me to communicate with my friends. Even though we have different nationalities, we can converse because we can all speak English,” added Januddin.
Januddin also sees the quarter system of Mapúa as very helpful to the students, compared to his school’s semestral system. He said that while the semestral system affords long breaks for students, the quarter system prepares the students when they enter the work force.
“One of the advantages is that you are prepared to work under pressure, which is how it usually goes in the field of practice,” he said. “Also, you only need to focus on three to five subjects unlike in the semestral system wherein you study for seven to eight subjects during examination week.”
The two are also very happy with how Mapúa professors are helpful when it comes to studying. Lasius also shared that she likes how Filipinos are very friendly so she did not have a hard time making friends.
Januddin, on the other hand, likes that professors in Mapúa are very knowledgeable in their field and help students to apply what they have learned.
“The system and environment in Mapúa is very different from our school, which I think is very refreshing.” Said Lasius. “I will definitely recommend Mapúa to my friends back home who wish to study in the Philippines.”