As it marks its 94th year, Mapúa University takes pride in its longstanding tradition of excellence and vows to conduct continuous efforts in actualizing its vision of becoming one of the best universities in the world.
In 1925, Mapúa University opened its doors to offer Civil Engineering and Architecture courses. The night school, then called the Mapúa Institute of Technology, was envisioned as a training ground for future technological professionals by its founder, Don Tomas Mapúa.
Fast forward to 2019, Mapúa has turned into one of the leading universities in the country, known for its excellence especially in engineering and technological education, and its unceasing commitment to innovation and creation of value.
Mapúa will be celebrating its 94th founding anniversary with the theme, “XCIV: eXCellence. Innovation. Value.,” highlighting qualities that embody Mapúa’s vision.
“Excellence, innovation, and value have always been in Mapúa’s DNA. In this 94th year of purposeful existence of Mapúa, we have to look back to remind ourselves of that purpose,” said Dr. Alvin R. Caparanga, dean of the School of Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering and Sciences (CBMES). CBMES serves as this year’s organizing committee for the Foundation Week, which is slated on January 21 to 26.
Commencing the festivities, different University units will participate in the Philippine festivals-themed dance competition, incorporating innovation in their costume and choreography. On the same day, the University will honor student and faculty exemplars in The Cardinal Excellence Awards.
This year’s celebration will also feature the 1st University Research Colloquium, which will be held on January 25. The now university-wide conference, which is a revival of the institutional research colloquium, will showcase some of the University’s best research outputs that led to the attainment of different accolades.
(L-R) Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Dr. Alvin R. Caparanga, Dean of the School of Chemical, Biological, and Materials and Engineering and Sciences, and Chair of the Foundation Week organizing committee
A year of firsts
With various accolades and recognitions, 2017 is considered as Mapúa University’s banner year. But as it has unceasingly committed itself to improvement and innovation, the University has continued to achieve feats in the past year, some of which are first of their kinds.
In 2017, Mapúa received the University status from the Commission on Higher Education. In the same year, the University earned a three-star overall rating for excellence from London’s Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), demonstrating its strengths and capabilities. Mapúa also received five stars in the categories of employability, facilities, and social responsibility, and four stars in inclusiveness and teaching.
Further attesting to its world-class quality of education, Mapúa was recently recognized as one of the best universities in Asia. For the first time, Mapúa University entered the QS Asia Top 500 University Rankings, landing on 401-450 bracket for 2019.
“Our entry to the Asia University Rankings is one of the major achievements in the past year. This and our continuous commitment to accreditation under international criteria are among our steps in delivering quality education and research, which is attuned to the global and digital age and which is dedicated to the betterment of the people and the planet,” said Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, president and chief executive officer of Mapúa University.
Released in October 2018, the recent QS ranking reflects the University’s excellent performance in different aspects such as academic reputation, international programs, and research outputs, among others.
“The major metric of the University rankings is the productivity and the scale of research activities of the University. What matters is not only the dissemination, or the transfer of knowledge or its application but also the generation of knowledge,” Dr. Vea added.
Early in 2018, the University acquired an ISO certification on environmental management systems, or ISO 140001:2015, a testament to its dedication to reducing its carbon footprint. Mapúa is the first Philippine educational institution granted ISO 14001 certification by TÜV SÜD.
“Through this, the University can educate and equip its student base of today and work base of tomorrow with the knowledge and awareness to help prevent unnecessary damage to the environment,” expounds Engr. Cesar C. Coronado, director of the Continuous Quality Improvement Office.
In addition, Mapúa upgraded its ISO certification on quality management systems from 9001:2008 to 9001:2015, demonstrating Mapúa’s processes and management systems’ adherence to international standards.
According to Dr. Vea, the grant of the ISO certifications gives Mapúa a more objective view of itself and how it can improve its quality and environmental management systems.
“It assures our students and their parents, the industry, and government of our seriousness of purpose in providing high-quality education.”
Revolutionizing engineering education in the country, Mapúa University started offering Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering (MEP-IE), the Philippines’ first fully online graduate program in engineering, in 2017.
In April 2018, Mapúa took another step in delivering education in the global and digital age by launching its Master in Business Analytics (MAN) program. MAN is the country’s first graduate program in business analytics, addressing the needs of various industries for topnotch data science and analytics practitioners.
Alongside MAN, new undergraduate programs were also launched in the past year. These are programs in Advertising Design, Broadcast Media, Digital Journalism, Environmental Planning, and Statistics with specialization in Data Analytics.
Following the successful debut of MEP-IE, new fully online programs are in line for launch in the near future. These programs are Master of Engineering and Master of Science (MS) in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, and MS in Mechanical Engineering.
“We can use and share the learnings that we got from the implementation of MEP-IE to other Schools for their own implementation,” said Mr. Rex Robielos, dean of the School of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.
In order to achieve the effective implementation of the programs, the University is already taking preparations.
“Faculty members involved in materials development are already starting with the contents. Soon, video lectures will be captured and edited,” shared Engr. Mary Christine A. Tomas, director of Center for Teaching and Learning – Digital.
Mapúa University also vows to engage more in research, development, and innovation (RDI) in the coming years.
After receiving the prestigious World Summit Award last year, the Universal Structural Health Evaluation and Recording System (USHER), one of Mapúa’s RDI efforts, will be launched as the first technology commercialization project of the University.
“One of our goals is to produce research that are translatable into products, systems, or processes that would be useful to the people and to the planet,” Dr. Vea noted.
With all the recognitions and accolades it has achieved over the years, Mapúa University looks ahead into the coming years with a clear vision of becoming one of the best universities in the world.
This article is part of Mapúa University’s special supplement for its 94th founding anniversary released in the Philippine Star on January 21, 2019.