The Mapua Institute of Technology is now Mapua University after it received its university status grant from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Thursday.
“The grant of university status caps a protracted process of quality enhancement in Mapúa education and of research capability building. We feel fulfilled and honored by this award. It behooves us to strive to reach greater heights," said Mapúa president and chief executive officer Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea in a news release posted on the University's website.
The Mapua University also gained recognition in terms of research capabilities, wherein research projects were conducted to solve industry and community problems worldwide.
In relation to this, the number of research publications in "reputable and internationally refereed journals" has increased, which was considered as a significant criterion for the university status grant.
Moreover, the institution has been taking steps in its implementation of various international programs and forging linkages across the globe through the Office of Admissions and International Programs and the Office of International Linkages for Research and Development.
Founded in 1925 by the country’s first and foremost architect Tomas Mapúa, the school is a recognized higher education institution for engineering and technology.
It pioneered the adoption of the outcomes-based education system (OBE) in 2006 in order to align its programs to international standards. —Anna Felicia Bajo/KG, GMA News