A perspective view of Mapúa’s two-storey research center. By December 2014, the research center will be completed and start catering to Mapúa faculty and students.
As part of its strategic initiatives to internationalize its education, Mapúa Institute of Technology has included the construction of its two-storey research center in its campus redevelopment plans for 2013-2014. The construction of the research building began early 2014 and is expected to be completed by December.
"The construction is now at 47%; it will be completed by December. By the start of 2015, we will see a fully usable research building to aid our faculty and students in their academic works," said Mapúa’s assistant vice president for administration Geraldine C. Gochioco.
The state-of-the-art facility, which will be located in front of the administration building, will house the research laboratories for industrial design and engineering programs, dry and wet laboratories, microprocessor, instrumentation, and communication laboratories, among others, utilizing top-of-the-line equipment. The center will also have an Innovation and Technology Support Office, which will be responsible for giving strategic direction to the Institute’s research and development (R&D). It will also be tasked to convert Mapúa’s R&D outputs into patents, designs, utility models, and even spin-off companies.
Mapúa president and chief executive officer Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea said that the research center is meant to further develop the research capabilities of the Institute. For him, the ultimate goal is to generate new knowledge that will help address societal issues and concerns.
“With the construction of this research building, I call upon our faculty and students to rise up to the challenge of pushing the envelopes of knowledge ever further outward, and in the process, produce technologies that are ultimately useful to people and beneficial to the Institute,” Dr. Vea said during the groundbreaking ceremony last September 2013.
As the Mapúa research center nears its completion, the Institute gets closer to the full attainment of its program outcomes.
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