PTC-ACBET grants full accreditation to four more Mapúa engineering programs

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Further testament to the world-class quality of education that Mapúa Institute of Technology provides, four more of its engineering programs have been granted full accreditation by the Philippine Technological Council - Accreditation and Certification Board for Engineering and Technology (PTC-ACBET).

Last February 12, Mapúa was awarded with certificates of accreditation for its programs Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Environmental and Sanitary Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The certificates state that the abovementioned programs are granted accreditation by PTC-ACBET for six years beginning School Year (SY) 2015-2016 until SY 2020-2021, the highest level of accreditation given by the organization, certifying the Institute’s successful implementation of outcomes-based education (OBE) and its ability to produce graduates who can contribute to the country’s economic development.

(From left to right):Engr. Mel Ferrer, Dr Buenaventura Macatangay, Engr. Federico Monsada, Dr. Lydia Tansinsin, School of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry Luz Lozano, Chemical Engineering subject chair Dr. Alvin Caparanga, Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, and Dr. Bonifacio T. Doma, Jr.

“Mapúa is the first private educational institution in the country to have programs awarded with full accreditation by PTC-ACBET. As of now, we have eight accredited engineering programs,” said Mapúa’s Continuous Quality Improvement Office head Engr. Cesar C. Coronado.

The other PTC-ACBET-accredited engineering programs of Mapúa are Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, and Industrial Engineering, valid from SY 2012-2013 through SY 2017-2018.

(From left to right):Dr. Buenaventura Macatangay, Engr. Mel Ferrer, Engr. Federico Monsada, Dr. Lydia Tansinsin, Computer Engineering subject chair Engr. Noel Linsangan, School of Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering dean Engr. Alejandro H. Ballado, Jr., Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, and Dr. Bonifacio T. Doma, Jr.

“The PTC accreditation is important for us as a testament that we are aligned with international measures for engineering education,” said Mapúa’s Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Bonifacio T. Doma, Jr. in his opening remarks during the awarding ceremony.

Dr. Doma further noted the importance of the organization’s accreditation in the country’s bid to become a full member of the esteemed Washington Accord.

PTC is the umbrella organization of all engineering professional groups in the country and a provisional member of the Washington Accord, an international agreement for accrediting engineering academic programs. Washington Accord recognizes equivalency of engineering programs accredited by its accreditation body members representing various countries. This means that graduates of engineering programs accredited by a member organization of the Accord are recognized by its other full signatories to have met academic requirements for entry to engineering practice.

“It is really an honor for PTC to be here not only to give certificates…but to be able to help you in making the Philippines a country where engineering is a driving force. PTC has been moving to achieve global reputation for Filipino engineers,” said PTC President Engr. Federico Monsada.

(From left to right):Engr. Mel Ferrer, Dr. Buenaventura Macatangay, Engr. Federico Monsada, Dr. Lydia Tansinsin, Civil Engineering and Environmental and Sanitary Engineering faculty member Engr. Flordeliza Villaseñor, School of Civil, Environmental, and Geological Engineering dean Dr. Francis Aldrine A. Uy, Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, and Dr. Bonifacio T Doma, Jr.

Engr. Monsada further commends the Institute’s efforts in improving the way engineering education is delivered in the country.

“Your strategies pushing for a real education have been proven by what our evaluators have seen… Indeed you have pushed engineering to a higher ground,” enthused Engr. Monsada.

Envisioning itself to be among the best universities in the world, Mapúa has started the transformation of Philippine higher education to being globally recognized by being the first school in the country to adopt OBE as early as 2006, a major requirement for international accreditation like that of PTC.

OBE is a rigorous learner-centered approach to education designed to enable a school to produce graduates that are sure to meet global academic and industry standards. It focuses on outcomes, which are abilities and competencies that students acquire by the time of their graduation from a program and abilities and competencies that they are expected to acquire years after their graduation.

“We all know that the PTC accreditation is not a culmination but a beginning toward our unceasing quest to improve our education systems in achieving learning outcomes in the classroom, program outcomes by the time of graduation for our students, and educational objectives years after graduation for our graduates,” assured Dr. Doma.

(From left to right):Philippine Technological Council (PTC) executive director Engr. Mel Ferrer, Commission on Higher Education representative Dr. Buenaventura Macatangay, PTC president Engr. Federico Monsada, PTC-Accreditation and Certification Board for Engineering and Technology (ACBET) chairman Dr. Lydia Tansinsin, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering dean Engr. John Judilla, Mechanical Engineering faculty member Engr. Igmedio Isla, Mapúa president Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, and Mapúa executive vice president for academic affairs Dr. Bonifacio T. Doma, Jr.

Mapúa President Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea acknowledges the invaluable efforts that the Institute’s academic community has put in to adopt OBE and to achieve such significant accreditation.

“With PTC accreditation, it makes us more competitive now in ASEAN. We would like to commend our own people here; they really worked hard,” said Dr. Vea.

Apart from the PTC accreditation, Mapúa’s successful implementation of OBE has led to its achievement of another international accreditation of eight of its engineering programs and two of its computing programs by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the US-based ABET, respectively, the first in Southeast Asia to do so.