As part of its commitment to delivering education for the global and digital age, Mapúa University boosts its internationalization efforts, ensuring its students’ professional readiness and competitiveness.
Through the Office of International Career and Exchange Programs (ICEP), Mapúa consistently forges linkages and partnerships with various companies and universities abroad for its international programs.
“International programs help our students become more aware and adapt to alternative and multi-faceted approaches to learning. It allows them to learn independence, expand their horizons, and gain different perspectives, which are traits that are needed to be globally competitive,” said Engr. Rosette Eira Camus, director of ICEP.
In 2010, the University started to focus on international on-the-job-trainings and has since sent nearly 400 students to various companies in different parts of the world, such as China, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, the United States, and Vietnam.
Mapúa also conducts international plant visits, giving students the global exposure they need in the industry, student exchanges with reputable educational institutions all over the world, summer and winter programs, and seminars and conferences. To date, the University has 84 partner institutions for its international programs.
According to Engr. Camus, international programs provide students exposure to and understanding of global scenarios from different cultural perspectives, which ultimately create opportunities in expanding their horizons and career prospects.
“Our international programs’ objective is simply give our students the international experience that is now necessary to jumpstart their careers. What we have now is a global economy, and to launch a career anywhere, one must have great talent coupled with a fresh global perspective,” Engr. Camus adds.
Further increasing opportunities for its students to have international experience, the University will be holding its first Global Week, a fair featuring Mapúa’s partner universities and their exchange programs, from April 22 to 26.
Global Week will allow Mapúa students to learn more about the different student exchange opportunities presented by the programs offered by partner universities. They will also gain valuable insights on technical topics through different lectures to be conducted by guest professors.
Different cultural activities are also slated during the Global Week for the promotion of Mapúa, and the Philippines in general, as a destination of choice for exchange programs.
Engr. Camus further shares that faculty members will also benefit from the activities of Global Week, which will provide them with a venue to collaborate for research and other projects.
“Having this kind of programs enables Mapúa to increase its footprint in the global field and to strengthening its brand of world-class education,” said Engr. Camus.
This article is part of Mapúa University’s special supplement for its 94th founding anniversary released in the Philippine Star on January 21, 2019.