Mapúa University, one of the country’s premier engineering and technological school, is on its way to fulfill its vision—to become one of the best universities in the world.
As testament to its commitment to delivering high-quality education for the global and digital age, Mapúa University received a three-star overall rating from London’s Quacquerelli Symonds (QS).
The QS Stars is a rating system that gives students and the international community a wider picture of a higher education institution’s strengths and qualities. A university is evaluated in a broad range of categories wherein it is awarded a rating from zero to five for each category, as well as an overall rating.
Mapúa received a five-star rating in the categories of employability, facilities, and social responsibility; and four stars in inclusiveness and teaching.
According to Mapúa University President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, the award further elevates the national stature of the University and of all its constituents and introduces Mapúa to a wider global market “in a very favorable light.”
“These should encourage our students, faculty, administrators and officers to work for further quality improvement and for the award of even more QS stars,” Dr. Vea said. “We wish that the ensuing virtuous cycle of quality improvement could be sustained over the long haul and lead to the faster growth and heightened viability of the University.”
The University’s five-star rating on employability, a core criteria for the QS rating, shows Mapúa’s commitment in training its students to become professionals who are ready and able to compete in the global economy of today. Further, the rating indicates that employers prefer Mapúa graduates for employment.
Mapúa also got a five-star rating in Learning Environment/Facilities and Social Responsibility, which shows the university’s high standards in providing the utmost student experience for its students, and at the same time encourages participation in social and civic activities for human development.
The four-star rating on the Inclusiveness and Teaching categories, meanwhile, shows that Mapúa is providing every student a chance to experience the high quality education that the University is known for by providing an extensive array of scholarships and financial grants to low-income families.
Evaluation and internationalization
According to Mapúa University’s Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Bonifacio T. Doma, Jr., the QS Stars rating shows the strengths of the University and what qualities need to be improved.
“The rating clarifies to us what activities and improvements we need to implement in order to provide more quality education for our students,” Dr. Doma said.
He added that the rating will boost Mapúa’s presence in the international scene and will serve as guidance on how the University can further bolster its efforts in internationalization.
“As significant as our advancements have been in internationalization, there is still a need to increase our inbound and outbound students and faculty. The Institute should also forge linkages with more universities abroad for actual researches and projects,” he said. The QS evaluation said that there are already 17 active international collaborations that the University has.
“We have identified the things we need to do for the further advancement of the University,” said Dr. Doma.
He added that by adhering to the criteria set by the QS for the star rating, the University already has a strategic plan for the further improvement of several aspects—research, internationalization, facilities, and others. These will then trickle down to the community and Mapúa’s stakeholders.
“All these will redound to the continuous improvement of student services, quality of teaching, and learning facilities, thus further improving the delivery, as good as it already is, of quality education in Mapúa,” he concluded.