Four Mapúa engineering programs receive PTC's full accreditation

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Mapúa Institute of Technology is the first academic institution with programs to be awarded with full accreditation by the Philippine Technological Council, the umbrella organization of all engineering professional groups in the country. The certificates were received by: (from left) Engr. Rex Aurelius Robielos, dean of School of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management; Engr. Flordeliza Villasenor, faculty, School of Civil, Environmental, and Geological Engineering (CEGE); Engr. Divina Gonzales, Civil Engineering program coordinator, School of CEGE; Engr. Ronald Santiago, subject chair, Electrical Engineering, School of Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering (EECE); and Engr. Alejandro Ballado, subject chair, Electronics Engineering, School of EECE.

Four engineering programs of Mapúa Institute of Technology recently received full accreditation from the Philippine Technological Council (PTC), paving way to broader opportunities for the Institute and its graduates.

PTC, the umbrella organization of all engineering professional groups in the country and the sole body recognized by the Commission on Higher Education to accredit engineering programs, awarded a six-year accreditation to Mapúa's industrial engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and electronics engineering programs. It is the highest among the organization's three levels of accreditation.

The Council cited that among the reasons for the accreditation are Mapúa's successful implementation of the outcomes-based education and its demonstrated ability to produce quality engineers who can contribute to the country's economic development.

According to Engr. Rex Aurelius Robielos, dean of the School of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management and officer-in-charge of Continuous Quality Improvement Office, the ultimate objective of the accreditation is the benchmarking of the Institute's programs.

"Mapúa values standards and quality. This PTC accreditation is a strategy to ensure that the programs offered here are comparable with those in other countries," he said. "This further means that Mapúa, as the country's premier engineering school, meets international academic requirements and standards for entry to the practice of engineering in other countries."

Tapping international students from countries like Saudi Arabia and Timor Leste is also part of the long-term objective of the accreditation.

Apart from PTC, the two-part evaluation, which started January last year, was also observed by representatives from the Engineers Australia and the Institution of Engineering Education Taiwan, which are full signatory members of the Washington Accord (WA).

An international agreement, WA recognizes the substantial equivalency of engineering programs accredited by member countries and recommends that graduates of programs accredited by any of the signatory bodies be recognized by the other bodies as having met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering.

PTC was granted a provisionary membership status to the Accord last year, which means that it has been identified as having the accreditation procedures that are potentially suitable for the purposes of the Accord.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Bonifacio T. Doma, Jr., Mapúa's executive vice president for academic affairs, said that once PTC becomes a full member of the Accord, engineering graduates will have better mobility to practice their profession in numerous countries around the world.

PTC president Engr. Federico Monsada also said: "The ultimate objective of accreditation and continuous quality improvement of our engineering education is to gain acceptance and recognition of our capabilities as Filipino engineering professionals."

Mapúa is among the pioneering schools in PTC accreditation, and is the first institution to gain full accreditation for its four programs. Prior to this, ten programs of Mapúa are already accredited by ABET, the sole recognized accreditor of engineering and computing programs in the USA.