7 Reasons You Should Study in Mapua If You Wish to Become a Bad-Ass Engineer

The Mapua Institute of Technology is, undoubtedly, a popular engineering school in the Philippines. It is often dubbed as the MIT of Asia (referencing the world-renowned MIT or Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, USA). Producing top-notch, Mapua belongs to the roster of respectable institutions of higher learning in the field of engineering.

A Little About Mapua

Within the walls of the Philippines’ most popular heritage site of Intramuros lies the country’s seat of technological education excellence. Don Tomas Mapúa, the first registered Filipino architect, founded Mapúa Institute of Technology (MIT) on January 25, 1925, with the vision of it becoming an educational institution that would give the necessary emphasis on the growing importance of science and technology in the improvement of the country’s economy and the quality of life of its citizens. This vision led to MIT’s pioneering of technical course offerings in the country, beginning with the programs Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (CE) and B.S. Architecture (AR).

For almost nine decades of excellence in technical instruction, MIT has grown to be the Philippines’ biggest engineering school, with at least 15 undergraduate and 18 graduate engineering programs. Its enrollees account for at least 16% of the total student population in B.S. in Chemical (ChE), Civil (CE), Computer (CpE), Electrical (EE), Electronics (ECE), Environmental and Sanitary (EnSE), Industrial (IE), and Mechanical Engineering (ME) programs of the top 10 engineering schools in the country, based on Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) 2010 enrollment data. MIT’s program offerings in other fields of study have also expanded particularly in Architecture and Design, Information Technology (IT), Business and Management, Multimedia Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences, and Health Science.

1. Mapua Institute of Technology is a good and respectable school known for its academic excellence, especially in engineering

MIT’s efforts to continuously improve the quality of its education have been notable. For demonstrating high standards in classroom instruction, research, and extension service, CHED declared the Institute as National Center of Development for CE, CpE, CS (Computer Science), EE, ECE, IE, IT, and ME programs. Industry partnership has also been given more focus in the recent years by the Institute.

International and institutional linkages is also a top priority for the Mapua. Currently, it has tie-ups with hundreds of local and international educational institutions, organizations, and companies for its faculty development, collaborative researches, and student internships.

The Mapua Institute of Technology is well above gold standards of higher education institutions. It has a number of accreditation under its name. The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) affirmed the Institute’s high standards in educational operations, granting Level IV accreditation to its CE program and Level III accreditation to its CpE, EE, ECE, EnSE, and IE programs. From 2010 to 2011, MIT has proven itself at par with other first-rate universities around the world when ABET, Inc. granted its first accreditation seal in the entire East Asia to its eight Engineering programs (ChE, CE, CpE, EE, ECE, EnSE, IE, and ME) and two computing programs (B.S. Computer Science and B.S. Information Technology), putting it ahead of the rest of educational institutions in the country.

2. Mapua Institute of Technology enjoys a terrific employer reputation in the Philippines. Expect to get hired immediately if you graduate from MIT.

3. Mapua’s Quarter System decongests their curriculum and eases their student’s quarterly load. You can surely devote more time and focus on your studies per quarter.

The maximum number of units per quarter or term you can get under Mapua’s Quarter System is 15 units – that’s 15 hours a week.

  1. Mapua Institute of Technology enjoys a terrific employer reputation in the world, as well.

An alumnus of Mapua who got his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 2006 says, “[Mapua] produce sought-after graduates here and abroad. Go to Singapore and you’ll know what I mean. Nothing beats a diploma from Mapua in this side of the world.”

Indeed, Mapua Institute of Technology has earned the reputation of being one of the best (if not the best) engineering schools in the Philippines. Its graduates are sought after at home and abroad.

  1. Mapua Institute of Technology houses state-of-the-art engineering and instructional facilities.

Mapua Institute of Technology invests a lot on their facilities and equipment. For the past several years, we’ve seen Mapua undergoing many facelifts and equipment acquisition. Students from the Mapua attest to the terrific instructional facilities they have on campus. With a state-of-the art, facilities, learning can never be more exciting and fun!

  1. Mapua offers a laid back school environment conducive to learning.

Situated in the walled city of Intramuros, the Mapua Institute of Technology is sure to give you a terrific ambiance. A student of the Mapua remarks, “In Mapua, the ambiance was not stressful at all. Everything is laid back.” Indeed, the Spanish-era architecture and look-and-feel of the campus and the Intramuros is sure to give you a relaxing learning environment.

Mapua is also not keen on imposing too many rules regarding uniform, and they are quite generous when it comes to their student’s study schedule.  “We don’t even have to wear uniforms and after our first semester (they are now on the quarterly system), you get to pick your own schedule. Imagine not having to wake up early because you enjoy staying up late at night. Priceless,” a Mapua student writes on a review article about Mapua.

7 Mapua values engineering for the environment. Take pride in the fact that your school-to-be is a champion of green engineering and environment protection.

Did you know that it is Mapua’s official policy to do everything they do for the environment? Enshrined in the core values of the Mapua is the promotion of green engineering.

Its website reads:

“Alongside its pursuit of academic excellence, MIT also endeavors to be part of the solution to the global issue of climate change. MIT has long been an advocate of environment conservation and engineering for the environment, beginning with the opening of its B.S. Environmental and Sanitary Engineering (EnSE) program in 1958, followed by the opening of its Master of Science in Environmental Engineering program in 2001 and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering program in 2004. Furthermore, the Institute has also included environmental engineering and environmental science courses in all of its engineering and non-engineering programs, respectively. MIT believes that these courses are enough introductions for all the students to understand the real situation of the environment. It is also believed that these courses are sufficient to train them to be able to design, construct, and implement sustainable solutions to environmental problems.”

The Mapua also monitors its carbon footprint – a joint effort by its faculty and its students. The Mapua is also busy with its extension services dedicated to address environmental concerns through education.

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