How One University Builds Filipinos as Cutting-Edge Thinkers


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How One University Built the Filipino’s Global Reputation as a Cutting-Edge Thinker

Founded almost a century ago in 1925, Mapúa University has long been known as one of the most powerful pillars of education in the Philippines. From its stellar scholastic programs to its esteemed alumni, Mapúa University has proven how it has helped build the Filipino’s global reputation as a cutting-edge thinker and achiever.

  1. The University’s founder was the first-ever Filipino architect

    Don Tomás Mapúa founded Mapúa Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1925. He was also the first-ever registered architect in the Philippines. Throughout his career, Don Tomás received several awards and recognitions, among them Manila’s Cultural Award in Architecture in 1964.

  2. The Father of the Philippine Internet is a Mapúan.

    To some extent, we owe our Internet connection here in the Philippines to Mapúan alumnus William Torres. In 1992, he presented the idea of bringing the Internet to the Philippines. He communicated his plan with the US National Science Foundation and consulted various government agencies to sponsor this idea. As he envisioned that the Internet would be widely accessible across the country, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) helped and funded the project to install the first Internet server at the National Computer Servicer. Eventually, Torres became the chief executive of the Philippine Internet Service Organization (PISO).

  3. A Mapúan was also the Father of Philippine Geothermal Energy.

    Filipino volcanologist Arturo Alcaraz was known for his contributions in geothermal energy. In 1982, he received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service, as he paved the way for Filipinos to learn more about science—specifically, geothermal energy. His countless significant studies in science led him to receive multiple certificates and degrees around the world.

  4. Mapúa produced one of the global tech legends.

    Known for his role in developing several advances in computing technology, notably the first chipsets for IBM PCs, Diosdado P. Banatao came from humble beginnings and graduated cum laude with a degree in BS Electrical Engineering from the Mapúa Institute of Technology. His contributions to technology remain an important foundation of modern computing.

  5. The University has many programs for international opportunities.

    Recognizing that students can only learn so much within the four corners of a classroom, Mapúa maximizes learning opportunities in a global setting by establishing global partnerships and introducing international programs that enhance the potential of its students as they work alongside people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Students may go abroad to study, do research, complete on-the-job trainings, attend conferences or seminars, or do plant visits. As of today, Mapúa offers numerous international programs with its partnerships with 540 local and 30 global organizations.

    Even without leaving the grounds of Mapúa, students are exposed to global practices. Every now and then, the university holds international events and seminars that allow students to collaborate with people of different nationalities.

  6. Mapúa is the first university in Southeast Asia to receive an ABET accreditation.

    Out of Southeast Asian schools, Mapúa is the first to have received accreditation from the US-based ABET for its engineering and computing programs. With this accreditation, students are assured that they are prepared for the global practice of their chosen professions. As of this writing, Mapúa has 14 ABET-accredited 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, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, and Information Systems.

  7. Mapúa is one of the Top 500 schools in Asia.

    Mapúa University also ranks in the top 500 schools in the 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings, placing it in the upper elite among universities in the region.


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