Side by side its commitment to foster its tradition of academic excellence, Mapúa Institute of Technology further strengthens its presence in the local education sector through opening a campus in Davao City.
To be named Malayan Colleges Mindanao (MCM), the new Mapúa school is set to open its doors in 2018, adopting program educational objectives and desired learning outcomes that both meet global standards and address national and local concerns.
Artist perspective of Malayan Colleges Mindanao
Mapúa president and chief executive officer Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea expressed his excitement in being able to partner in mutually beneficial initiatives with various industries and organizations in Mindanao in his speech during MCM’s groundbreaking ceremony on July 20.
“We are very excited at the prospect of being able to offer, in about two years’ time, our collegiate and senior high school programs to the sons and daughters of Davao and Mindanao,” Dr. Vea remarked. “We also look forward to working with CHED, the DepEd, and other education stakeholders in providing a learning and living environment where young minds can bloom and flourish, and where the youth can attain the wherewithal to be successful in today’s much-changed and more advanced world.”
The ceremony was attended by officials from Mapúa and its sister school, Malayan Colleges Laguna, along with other Yuchengco Group of Companies executives. Representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry, and from the local government of Davao were in the ceremony, as well.
(From left to right) Rev. Fr. Ferdinand Lariosa, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources and Administration of MCL Carina Victoria Adanza, Davao City Councilor Pilar Braga, Chief Operating and Financial Officer of House of Investments Gema O. Cheng, Mapúa, MCL, MCM President Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, Project Director of MCM and Executive Vice President of MCL Engr. Dodjie S. Maestrecampo, Senior Vice President for Engineering and Marketing of EEI Corporation Oscar Mercado, Architect Gary Coscolluella of WV Coscolluella and Associates, Chief Operating Officer of LANDEV Corporation Mario Paguio, and LANDEV Corporation President Atty. Ramon Bagatsing.
“Our vision is for Malayan Colleges Mindanao to be a globally competitive school of local significance,” said Dr. Vea. “While being globally engaged, MCM shall also strive to be locally relevant. We want to be an integral part of Davao City and Mindanao, sharing community concerns and joining efforts towards further advancement.” Dr. Vea is also the president of MCL and MCM.
MCM is looking at offering a wide range of engineering and computing courses, including optional tracks in Agricultural Engineering. These optional tracks, which will be integrated in the Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs, are among the means that will make the school achieve local significance and be of service to the agricultural sector of Mindanao. Courses on Mindanao studies will likewise be part of General Education offerings and professional courses, along with pursuing further research into Mindanao issues such as energy, flooding, biodiversity, and peace and development.
As an expansion of the premier engineering school in the country, other prospective programs are Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Architecture, Computer Science, and Information Technology, much like the program offerings in Intramuros- and Makati-based Mapúa and in its sister school, MCL.
The founding of MCL in 2007 and the forthcoming campus in Davao are testaments to the strength of Mapúa—academically and in all other respects, Dr. Vea believes. With the invaluable experience acquired from building a school in Southern Tagalog from the ground up, he said the prospects of success in the case of MCM looks good since Mapúa has grown stronger and more capable.
“The excellence of Mapúa education, which we brought into MCL and are bringing into MCM, is and will continue to undoubtedly be the major factor for success,” he concluded.
Dr. Vea led the dropping of the time capsule during MCM’s groundbreaking ceremony in Davao City.