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Triple Recognition for Global Excellence Awarded to Mapúa MCL

Mapúa MCL Time Higher Education Award.

Triple recognition for global excellence awarded to Mapúa MCL

By Lois Gabrielle D. Tobias

 

This 2024, Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna (Mapúa MCL) continues to make its way to the forefront of the global movement towards sustainability, innovation, and excellence. With a series of impressive achievements in the international education landscape, Mapúa MCL strives to elevate education, both locally and worldwide.

 

Mapúa MCL Time Higher Education Award.

 

Out of 2,152 universities from 125 countries globally, Mapúa MCL placed within the 1501+ range in the Times Higher Education Impact Ranking (THE) 2024. Through THE’s carefully adjusted indicators to assess universities’ commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Mapúa MCL was highlighted for its strong performance in SDGs 3 (Good Health and Well-being), 5 (Gender Equality), 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

 

Mapúa MCL QS Evaulation.

 

Further solidifying its dedication to excellence, Mapúa MCL has again been rated as a 3-star institution by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Rating System for 2024. Along with this rating, they received 5 QS Stars in three distinct categories: Employability, Online Learning, and Social Responsibility. A 3-star rating signifies excellence across various areas, including quality teaching, employability, research, and innovative teaching methods.

 

Mapúa MCL WURI Award.

Mapúa MCL WURI Award.

 

This June 2024, Mapúa MCL’s dedication to fostering innovation is recognized in the World University Rankings for Innovation (WURI). Mapúa MCL secured the 84th rank in Leadership and the 91st rank in Student Support and Engagement, out of more than 1000 institutions assessed. The WURI uses 13 categories to comprehensively measure higher education institutions’ real contributions to industry and society, emphasizing innovative education, research, and social engagement.

Previously, Mapúa MCL was recognized for its remarkable efforts as CALABARZON’s 1st ISO 21001:2018 – EOMS Certified School, meaning Mapúa MCL’s Educational Organizations Management System, with the integration of its program offerings, is certified compliant with the latest version of ISO 21001:2018 – proof that the institution has built an effective framework to always keep the students’ best interests in mind.

Mapúa MCL students from the B.S. Architecture program also made history by becoming the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associates accredited by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) in Southeast Asia, where Mapúa MCL is the first and only current USGBC Gold Member. The institution has underscored its dedication to producing future leaders who are well-versed in sustainable and environmentally conscious approaches to construction and design.

These achievements showcase the institution’s commitment to academic excellence, social responsibility, and fostering a cutting-edge educational experience for its students. Mapúa MCL’s dedication to joining the global movement enables it to be an institution that gives importance to its core values above others.

Mapúa MCL Sails Towards Achieving Maritime Sustainability: Dr. Reynaldo Vea’s Vision for Philippine Shipping by 2050

Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea giving a presentation entitled "Net Zero for Philippine Shipping by 2050: A Possibility?".

Mapúa MCL Sails Towards Achieving Maritime Sustainability: Dr. Reynaldo Vea’s Vision for Philippine Shipping by 2050

 

By: Ivana Ruth Vidal 

Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, the Chairman and CEO of iPeople, Inc., and former President and CEO of Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna (Mapúa MCL), delivered an impactful presentation on June 25, 2024, at the Francisco Balagtas Auditorium, Mapúa MCL. The talk titled “Net Zero for Philippine Shipping by 2050: A Possibility?”, explored the intricate challenges and promising opportunities the maritime industry faces in its quest for carbon neutrality, directly aligning with Sustainable Development Goal 13 (SDG 13) on climate action. 

 

Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea giving a presentation entitled "Net Zero for Philippine Shipping by 2050: A Possibility?".

 

This event also welcomed the following esteemed institutions and organizations from the government, academe, and industrial sectors: 

  1. Philippine Coast Guard – Southern Tagalog  
  2. Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) 
  3. Laguna Lake Development Authority 
  4. UP Resilience Institute 
  5. Asian Institute of Maritime Studies 
  6. Panpacific University 
  7. United Marine Training Center 
  8. University of Batangas 
  9. Colegio de San Juan de Letran 
  10. Philippine Merchant Marine School 
  11. MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy 
  12. Philippine Transmarine Carriers 
  13. Maibarara Geothermal Inc. 
  14. Mitsui Shipping Lines 
  15. Maersk-Filipinas Crewing Inc. 

 

 

At the core of Dr. Vea’s lecture was the presentation of his research fellowship paper, “A Marine Transportation System for a Prosperous, Archipelagic, Maritime Nation,” written for the National Academy of Science and Technology-Philippines (NAST-PH). This paper drew extensively from PAGTANAW 2050, the Philippine Science, Technology, and Innovation (ST&I) Foresight document, offering a comprehensive view of the future pathways for sustainable maritime development in the Philippines. 

Dr. Vea emphasized the critical role of science, technology, and innovation (ST&I) in steering the maritime industry toward a sustainable future. Dr. Vea highlighted the need cohesive efforts across multiple sectors to achieve the ambitious goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. The talk underscored the importance of collaboration among stakeholders from the government, academe, private sector, and research organizations. 

The event witnessed enthusiastic participation from these external stakeholders, all eager to contribute to the discourse and explore collaborative opportunities. This multi-sectoral engagement aims to build upon Dr. Vea’s insights and foster meaningful partnerships that could drive the Philippine maritime industry towards a sustainable and prosperous future. 

 

Francisco Balagtas Auditorium.

 

A highlight of the event was the engaging open forum session moderated by Ms. Jocelyn Bellin, Director of the Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement, who facilitated a dynamic and insightful discussion. Reactors C/E Mark Angelo Delmo from Euronav Ship Management and Mapúa MCL Alpha batch alumnus and Dr. Brandon Sibbaluca, MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy, contributed their expertise, providing valuable perspectives and questions that enriched the dialogue. Their participation emphasized the collaborative spirit of the event, expressing the importance of diverse viewpoints in addressing the complex challenges of achieving carbon neutrality in the maritime industry.  

Mapúa MCL’s Commitment to Sustainability 

Mapúa MCL’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond this event. The institution has been proactive in integrating sustainability into its core values and operations. For more information on Mapúa MCL’s sustainability initiatives and efforts, visit here. 

Dr. Vea’s presentation is a significant step forward in the journey towards a net-zero future for the Philippine maritime industry. It not only provided a platform for sharing critical insights and research but also set the stage for future collaborations aimed at achieving sustainable development goals, particularly SDG 13. 

 

Dr. Vea receiving an appreciation award.

 

This event symbolizes a pivotal moment in the collective effort to transform the maritime industry, highlighting the essential role of continued dialogue, research, and innovation in navigating the pressing challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability. 

Mapúa MCL Psychology Students Empower Dapdap Elementary School with Mental Health and Disaster Preparedness Skills

Mapúa MCL Psychology Students Empower Dapdap Elementary School with Mental Health and Disaster Preparedness Skills 4.

Mapúa MCL Psychology Students Empower Dapdap Elementary School with Mental Health and Disaster Preparedness Skills

 

by Lois Gabrielle D. Tobias

 

On November 10, 2023, thirty (30) Dapdap Elementary School students from Grades 5 and 6 participated in a project led by B.S. Psychology students from Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna (Mapúa MCL) taking up “Disaster and Mental Health Psychology.” The activity aimed to bridge the gap between age groups, raise awareness about mental health, and prepare younger students for disasters.

 

 

“Community engagement isn’t optional, it is vital,” shared by Ms. Ma. Jo Kristine Tolentino, a participating student. They understood the challenge of teaching young children about mental health. Their goal was to equip students with tools to stay safe and manage their emotions before, during, and after disasters. Age-appropriate and interactive activities encouraged participation and collaboration. 

 

Mapúa MCL Psychology Students Empower Dapdap Elementary School with Mental Health and Disaster Preparedness Skills 3.

 

This activity formed a key takeaway on how introducing mental health concepts to children at an early age is crucial. It helps break down stigmas and fosters a more supportive and compassionate society by equipping children with tools to care for their own well-being.

Leveraging their disaster and mental health psychology knowledge, the Mapúa MCL B.S. Psychology students created interactive activities focused on the elementary students’ well-being. They introduced the concept of mental health and its importance, followed by coping skills for disaster situations. “Calmness kits” containing stress balls were also provided to help students practice relaxation techniques. Additionally, the elementary students received “kindness activity notebooks” to encourage acts of kindness towards themselves and others, fostering a sense of community support.

 

Mapúa MCL Psychology Students Empower Dapdap Elementary School with Mental Health and Disaster Preparedness Skills 4.

 

According to Prof. Mahjalin Araiza Diez, Program Chair of the B.S. Psychology program, these service-learning activities offer invaluable benefits for students. First, they can apply classroom knowledge (mental health concepts and coping skills) in real-world settings. Second, they gain communication, facilitation, and program development experience. Interacting with younger students fosters empathy and a deeper understanding of diverse community needs.

The B.S. Psychology program is committed to service-learning. The program always looks for new opportunities to partner with communities and create impactful experiences for their students. Looking forward, they would focus on different mental health topics relevant to specific communities, such as working with senior citizens on issues related to aging or collaborating with youth centers on topics with self-esteem and body image or other mental health concerns.

Mapúa MCL Psychology Students Finish Virtual Summer Program under YARSI University

MMCL and Universitas Yarsi.

Mapúa MCL Psychology Students Finish Virtual Summer Program under YARSI University

 

By Lois Gabrielle D. Tobias

 

MMCL and Universitas Yarsi.

Fifteen B.S. Psychology students from Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna (Mapúa MCL) recently participated in a virtual summer program organized by YARSI University in Jakarta, Indonesia. The program, titled “Byte-sized Resilience: Mental Wellness for Society 5.0 and Beyond SDGs,” aimed to address critical mental health challenges arising from the rapid advancements in technology and society last February 27 and March 1 to 2 and 8, 2024.

The B.S. Psychology student attendees are the following: Leila Arrabela C. Diaz, Mensa Christi A. Martinez, Hazel J. Cordero, Janna Chris T. Mendez, Caitlin Chelsy A. Tan, Czhakkia Laynne V. Tolentino, Yensid Arnelle D. Lopez, Jermaine Ian R. Salazar, Ashley Reign S. Valenzuela, Audrey Anne N. Contreras, Nicole Franchezca H. Maaba, Sophia Clare Cantalejo, Ma. Jo Kristine A. Tolentino, Patricia Angeli N. Banaticla, and Mary Elika E. Lopez.

This program was carried out by the Faculty of Psychology at YARSI University which emphasized health psychology and its participation in the success of SDGs goals related to health, welfare, equality, and the environment. The program was divided into four short courses, mainly topics on Mental Health First Aid, Digital Gender Divide, Community Resilience For Better Mental Health, Mental Health, Climate Change, and Food Security.

“My major takeaway was understanding how environmental changes can affect people’s mental well-being, leading to stress and anxiety.” said Leila Arrabela C. Diaz, one of the participants of the program, “As a psychology student, the insights I gained from the program on mental wellness at YARSI University will significantly influence both my personal approach to mental well-being and my contributions to the community meaning recognizing the potential impact of climate change and food security on my well-being and implementing coping strategies.”

On a broader scale, she plans to utilize the knowledge and tools gained from the program to contribute to the community’s mental health initiatives. This involves advocating for policies that address both environmental sustainability and mental wellness.

Mapúa MCL’s Psychology program opens opportunities for its students to gain knowledge from the institution and others, highlighting Mapúa MCL’s dedication to continuous learning and collaboration especially in helping address the evolving challenges of mental health in our rapidly changing world.

Mapúa MCL Professor taught a Global Signature Course at Universum International College

Prof. Mabeth B. Francia, RGC, RPm, RPSy and Dr. Donjeta Zejnullahu Pllana.

Mapúa MCL Professor taught a Global Signature Course at Universum International College

 

By Lois Gabrielle D. Tobias 

 

Prof. Mabeth B. Francia, RGC, RPm, RPSy and Dr. Donjeta Zejnullahu Pllana.

Global Signature Course speakers, Prof. Mabeth B. Francia, RGC, RPm, RPSy (left) from Mapúa MCL and Dr. Donjeta Zejnullahu Pllana (right), from the Universum International College.

 

Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna’s (Mapúa MCL) College of Health Sciences (CHS) professor recently shared her expertise on a global scale. On May 3, 2024, Prof. Mabeth B. Francia, RGC, RPm, RPsy, of the B.S. Psychology program, delivered a lecture on a Global Signature Course to a Research Methodology class at Universum International College in Kosovo. The lecture was focused on handling stress during Thesis writing.

With much experience as a Guidance Counselor and now as a Professor, Prof. Francia showcased her expertise and willingness to share her knowledge with an international audience and the global scene. It opened an opportunity for further collaborations such as Universum International College’s Dr. Donjeta Zejnullahu Pllana also delivering a lecture titled “Psychological Tactics that Marketers Use to Influence Purchasing Behavior” to Mapúa MCL’s Social Psychology class on May 10, 2024.

The students both from Mapúa MCL and Universum International College gave positive feedback on the topics presented to them and actively participated in the discussion. These lectures allow Mapúa MCL and its partner institutions to improve educational quality, and faculty development, and build international relationships.

PIChE Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna Chapters hold Southern Luzon Regional Symposium 2024 at Mapúa MCL

A group photo of chemical engineering professionals at the PIChE Regional Symposium.

 

 

PIChE Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna Chapters hold Southern Luzon Regional Symposium 2024 at Mapúa MCL

 

Article by: Angela Amor Balagon

 

A group photo of chemical engineering professionals at the PIChE Regional Symposium.

 

Chemical engineering professionals and students in South Luzon geared up for a transformative event focused on integrating sustainability principles into chemical engineering practice. The Francisco Balagtas Auditorium at Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna (Mapúa MCL) buzzed with energy on Saturday, May 25, 2024, as this year’s Southern Luzon Regional Symposium “Reimagining System for a Sustainable Future” unfolded. The event was a collaborative effort between the Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers (PIChE) Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna Chapters, with support from AMCON, ICI Systems Inc., JGC Philippines, Inc., and Universal Robina Corporation, boasting a full-house venue.  

Participants delved into crucial discussions and an open forum. The symposium encouraged cooperation among attendees and offered technical insights, empowering them to actively contribute to sustainability initiatives and implement sustainable systems in their respective areas of expertise—laying the groundwork for a sustainable tomorrow that transcends borders and disciplines.

 

 

The symposium covered a wide range of topics, from waste management and environmental preservation to climate change mitigation and corporate sustainability efforts, providing valuable insights and recommendations. 

Dr. Monet Concepcion M. Detras from the University of the Philippines Los Baños discussed “Thermochemical Conversion Technologies for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Management,” focusing on optimizing biochar production from MSW through pyrolysis. MSW management faces several challenges today, including technological adaptation, economic capital, regulatory issues, environmental health, and public perception. Despite these challenges, Dr. Detras highlighted the opportunities in MSW management, such as energy generation, environmental benefits, integration of technological advancements into sustainable solutions, among others. 

 

Dr. Detras.

In photo: Dr. Detras

 

Engr. Sherwin B. Valeroso, PIChE Cavite President and Supervising Environmental Management Specialist from the General Trias City Government, presented “Localized Issues on Sustainable Development and the Manila Bay Clean-up, Rehabilitation, and Preservation Program (MBCRPP): Onwards Achieving Class SB Level Water Quality,” focusing on recommendations for improving the water quality of Manila Bay. Engr. Valeroso shared the goal of achieving Class SB level for Manila Bay to make it suitable for ecotourism, recreational activities, and primary contact recreation such as swimming and skin diving. Additionally, he shared his achievements for the Operational Plan of Manila Bay Coastal Strategy (OPMBCS) implementations—highlighting localized solutions to issues of sustainable development. 

 

Engr. Valeroso.

In photo: Engr. Valeroso 

 

Mr. Jimson Solatre from Energy Development Corporation presented “Journey to Net Zero: Understanding the IPCC Report, Climate Change Impacts, and Strategies for a Sustainable Future,” emphasizing long-term responses. Mr. Solatre presented the Sixth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment report, the importance of net-zero emissions, technologies, and strategies to combat climate change. He also shared Energy Development Corporation’s Net Zero Carbon Alliance (NZCA) on corporate responsibility and green financing. With a collaborative effort in the Philippines’ private sector, including companies like Unilever, Mondelez International, and Converge, NZCA targets carbon neutrality by 2050. 

 

Mr. Solatre.

In photo: Mr. Solatre

 

Engr. Meg Anne Santos, a chemical engineering graduate of Mapúa MCL Class of 2013, and the current Head of Sustainability at Nestlé Philippines, discussed “Sustainability at Nestlé Philippines,” emphasizing the company’s endeavors towards achieving sustainability goals such as waste reduction, renewable energy use, and regenerative agriculture, where they aim to achieve net zero by 2050. Nestlé’s milestone min transitioning towards 100% renewable energy encourages its competitors to shift to renewable energy, reduce plastic packaging, and invest in sustainability. Engr. Santos shared Nestlé’s environmental commitment—”binawasan ang plastic pero hindi ang laman” (Reduced plastic but not the contents)—while ensuring their products remain high-quality and affordable, making them accessible to the masses. 

 

Engr. Meg Anne Santos.

In photo: Engr. Meg Anne Santos 

 

Dr. Rex B. Demafelis from the University of the Philippines Los Baños tackled “Becoming a Partner to the United Nations’ Race to Zero Campaign,” showcasing initiatives toward carbon neutrality and sustainability. Dr. Demafelis, the current Dean of the UPLB College of Chemical Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology, shared his accomplishments in interdisciplinary biofuels research and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). He encourages universities and colleges to take part in the Race to Zero, a global initiative to pledge and commit to achieving zero carbon emissions by 2030. 

 

Dr. Rex B. Demafelis.

In photo: Dr. Rex B. Demafelis 

 

Dr. Nathaniel Dugos, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Engineer and the National President of PIChE, shared insights on “Navigating the ChE Profession’s Core Principles and Practices” as well as the roles and responsibilities of PIChE and its members. Dr. Dugos, a professor and member of the curriculum committee and council of chemical engineering at De La Salle University, Manila, discussed career progression and specialization programs for chemical engineers. 

 

Dr. Nathaniel Dugos.

In photo: Dr. Nathaniel Dugos 

 

The event was graced by Engr. Alexander Jimuel Vibar, also a chemical engineering graduate at Mapúa MCL Class of 2020, and ranked 6th in the October 2021 Chemical Engineer Licensure Examination, representing JGC Philippines, Inc. – the largest Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) company in the country. Engr. Vibar, who is currently a process engineer at JGC, imparted insights into his career journey and professional experiences during the event. 

 

Engr. Vibar.

In photo: Engr. Vibar

 

Also present at the event are Dr. Myra G. Borines, President of PIChE Laguna, and Engr. Albert A. Samuela, ASEAN Engineer and President of PIChE Batangas, and Engr. Jesuniño R. Aquino, the Dean and Chemical Engineering Program Chair at Mapùa Malayan Colleges Laguna, taking pride in the success of Mapúa MCL alumni who participated in the event. 

 

In photo: of PIChE Laguna Pres. Boriner and PIChE Batangas Pres. Samuela 

 

Group photo of Dean Aquino with ACE-MMCL Representatives.

In photo: Dean Aquino w/ ACES-MMCL Representatives

 

The event was filled with excitement, featuring three minor cash prizes and a major prize of a 32” smart television. Additionally, student volunteers and interns from the Association of Chemical Engineering Mapúa MCL (ACES – MMCL), KAMALAYAN, the Mapúa MCL media partner, and Batangas State University Alangilan contributed by assisting and facilitating throughout the event. 

 

Collage of the participants for the PIChE Symposium.

 

Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna and Sunway University, Malaysia collaborate for Faculty Mobility and Development

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Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna and Sunway University, Malaysia collaborate for Faculty Mobility and Development

 

Dr. Ronald Delos Reyes with two participants at Sunway University.

 

Two higher education institutions collaborate for internationalization of teaching and learning through faculty mobility. Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna appointed Dr. Ronald Delos Reyes, faculty member and researcher from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Health Sciences for a 2-week engagement at Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from May 2 to 14, 2024.

 

Dr. Delos Reyes teaching students at Sunway University.

Dr. Delos Reyes taking a group photo with his students.

 

Assistant Vice-President for External Relations and Global Linkages Prof. James Ronald O. Mesina explained that “faculty mobility is one of the core priorities under Mapúa MCL’s internationalization activities. By sending faculty members to an exchange activity for teaching in a university, he or she carries along his expertise as a teacher to another venue, which is a global classroom. In turn, when the Instructor returns, he or she brings home a rich experience and fresh insights that were obtained from the exchange experience. Even the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) International Affairs Service highlights the importance of internationalization in higher education with the core purpose of enriching the curriculum down to teaching, learning and research”.

The Office for External Relations and Global Linkages (OERGL), in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), College of Health Sciences (CHS), and Mapúa University’s Office of the Partnership Executive Director (OPED) did the coordination activities with Sunway University to plan out Dr. Delos Reyes’ 2-week engagement.

Part of his activities during the faculty mobility engagement are the following:

  1. Facilitation of Physics courses in collaboration with Dr. Jeevanithya Krishnan, Senior Teaching Fellow at the Centre for American Education; Materials Science courses in collaboration with Prof. Mohammad Khalid of the School of Engineering and Technology. Prof. Khalid also heads the newly established Research Entity, the Sunway Centre for Electrochemical Energy and Sustainable Technology (SCEEST).
  2. Discussions and interview with student staffers of The Americana, the official publication of Sunway’s School of American Education.
  3. Collaboration with Sunway Distinguished Professor and Head of the Centre for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilisation Professor Mohamed Kheireddine Aroua. During the meeting, potential research activities were discussed.
  4. Tour of the School of Engineering facilities with Ir Dr Savier Kong Zong Yang and Dr Richard Wong Teck Ken.
  5. Presentation of research work from the industry and academe to upperclass chemical engineering students under Ir Dr Savier Kong Zong Yang that illustrated applications of engineering principles.
  6. Discussions with Dr. Tan Kim Han about MXene-based advance materials synthesis and various applications; with graduate student Zaed presenting on MXene on water purification; with Dr. Norulsamani presenting Mxene in fuel cell applications; and Dr. Jayesh on advanced materials energy storage.

The use of the MXene produced by the Research Centre for Nano-Materials and Energy Technology (RCNMET) under Prof. Saidur Rahman, Distinguished Research Professor, will be the starting point for further collaboration through the integrative courses (Student Thesis, Capstone Project) of the Civil Engineering program of MITL.

 

Dr. Delos Reyes at the faculty mobility. experience.

 

After the faculty mobility experience, Dr. Delos Reyes shared that “This initial faculty mobility tour of residency, with the exception of a few “Murphy’s Law” moments, was perfectly executed. The two-week format is just right for this type of engagement as it accommodates the learning curve of the  exchange faculty as well as the host institution. It is not too short that the participant will always be in a rush to attend a lot of activities within the given time. Also it is not too long that fatigue of the weary traveler sets in and thoughts turn to home”.

OERGL led in the design of the 2-week engagement with support and cooperation from Sunway’s School of American Education Dean, Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr. -Ing Sim, Tze Ying. Dr. Delos Reyes added, “The itinerary and pacing was ideal because there was time to settle in, digest and reflect on the day to day activities. It incorporated spaces for informal, unplanned encounters and independent exploration.  At a deeper level this makes it a more meaningful and productive experience for the participant. I have always believed that people across any spectrum have more things in common than differences.

 

Dr. Delos Reyes at the faculty mobility. experience.

 

On future collaboration between Mapúa and MCL, Dr. Delos Reyes described it as promising. “I saw and heard the same concerns, dreams, aspirations, and hopes which are the very foundations of a successful partnership and collaboration. I believe that the strengths of both institutions, MMCL and Sunway University, can fill in each other’s gaps and areas for development. This can serve as an impetus for others from both sides to have a chance to participate in this program.  My heartfelt gratitude for allowing me to serve MMCL in this endeavor”.

For OERGL, Prof. Mesina is likewise optimistic about the partnership with Sunway stressing that this engagement is made possible through Cintana Education, an alliance of universities that Mapúa MCL is a member. In the future, more faculty and student exchange activities are set to further globalize Mapúa MCL’s teaching, learning, and research.

Mapúa schools in the limelight for championing global sustainability and innovation   

Mapúa schools in the limelight for championing global sustainability and innovation.

Mapúa schools in the limelight for championing global sustainability and innovation

 

Mapúa schools in the limelight for championing global sustainability and innovation.

 

Beyond its renowned ranking as a top global institution, Mapúa University, along with its esteemed subsidiaries Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna and Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao, has long established itself as a global powerhouse fostering sustainability and innovation to build a sustainable future for the country and the world. Through its commitment to upholding this purpose, the Mapúa schools has earned notable recognition from the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings and World University Rankings for Innovation (WURI).

For 5 consecutive years, flagship school Mapúa University has been recognized as an institution for people and the planet by THE Impact Rankings, a global performance table that evaluates universities based on their alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Securing its spot in the 801-1000 bracket, Mapúa ranked for all 17 SDGs and specifically excelled in 4 goals, namely SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation (62.5-71.7), SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production (57.7-65.4), SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy (55.5-59.5), and SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals (52.9-59.7).

Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna also achieved the milestone of being a newly ranked school in the THE Impact Rankings this year. Debuting with a 1501+ ranking out of the 2,152 institutions evaluated, Mapúa MCL acquired the best scores in SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being (Rank 1001+), SDG 5 – Gender Equality (Rank 1001+), SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation (Rank 801+), and SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals (Rank 1501+).

After its first venture, Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao gained inclusion in the THE Impact Rankings as well, earning Rank 1001+ in SDG 5 – Gender Equality and SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, while placing 1501 in SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals.

Truly a premier innovative institution, the Mapúa group also secured top rankings in the recently announced WURI 2024. WURI aims to spotlight higher education institutions that excel in contributing to industry and society, with emphasis on innovative education, research, and engagement to society, using 13 categories for comprehensive measurement.

Mapúa University garnered spots in Category A3 Industrial Applications for USHER Technologies, ranking 39th, and Category A6 Social Responsibility for its Dunong Lingkod Program, ranking 95th. Out of more than the 1,000 schools assessed, Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna also ranked 84th in Leadership and 91st in Student and Support Engagement. Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao’s global competitiveness shone as well with its inclusion in Student Support and Engagement (Rank 82), Symbol (Rank 54), and Culture/Values (Rank 82).

“Mapúa school’s innovative and collective commitment to building a sustainable future for all is a testament to its mission to leave a positive impact on the world. By proactively addressing the realities of global issues, Mapúa empowers its learners to tap and strengthen their critical thinking skills, equipping them with the kind of knowledge that inspires them to be part of the sustainability movement. This active engagement, for Mapúa, is the ultimate measure of success as an educational institution”. Mapúa schools President and CEO Dr. Dodjie S. Maestrecampo stated.

By fostering a sustainable environment across its communities, the Mapúa schools aim to make an impact by leading the youth to advocate for excellence not only in academics but in solving real-world issues. And as its centennial milestone is closely approaching, Mapúa University aspires to continue its legacy as a global leader outside the bounds of higher education for the next 100 years and beyond.

 

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About Mapúa University. Mapúa University is the country’s premier engineering and technological school and one of the best universities in the world. It is among the top 6% of the world’s higher educational institutions, and one of only four Philippine universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings (WUR) 2024. It is a Quacquarelli Symonds-rated 4 Star institution and among the top 100 universities in Southeast Asia. Mapúa University is one of the iPeople schools, a Yuchengco-Ayala education partnership, providing first-class education for a century through academically excellent programs in Engineering and Sciences, Architecture and Design, Information Technology, Communication and Media Studies, and Senior High School. Mapúa also provides access to international education in Business and Management and Health Sciences through its collaboration with Arizona State University, the most innovative university in the US. Learn more about Mapúa University at https://www.mapua.edu.ph/.

About Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna. Mapúa MCL is located in Cabuyao, Laguna, and offered its first programs in 2007. One of the best board exam performing private schools in Calabarzon, Mapúa MCL is the youngest ever school to attain CHED Autonomous Status in the country. Having first earned an overall rating of 3 Stars from the the UK-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Star Rating System in 2020, it once again earned 3 QS Stars along with five stars in the Employability, Online Learning, and Social Responsibility, and ratings in five other categories this 2024. It is also the first ISO 21001:2018 – EOMS Certified School in Calabarzon. As one of the iPeople schools, a Yuchengco-Ayala education partnership, Mapúa MCL currently has over 6,000 students and offers programs in architecture, engineering, computer science, IT, multimedia arts, business, accountancy, hotel & restaurant management, health sciences, as well as senior high school. Mapúa MCL has also partnered with two international institutions: Business College of Athens, Greece, for its first post-graduate maritime degrees; and Arizona State University for the programs under the College of Health Sciences and the E.T. Yuchengco College of Business. This 2024, Mapúa MCL has started offering B.S. Aeronautical Engineering under the newly established Mapúa-Laguna Institute of Aviation. Learn more about Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna at https://www.mcl.edu.ph/.

About Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao. Mapúa MCM is located in Davao City, Davao del Sur, and was established in 2015. Mapúa MCM utilizes an instructional approach that combines face-to-face and online learning for its students. In recognition of its commitment to delivering an excellent technology-driven education, Mapúa MCM has been continuously awarded by Cengage for Outstanding Digital Activations since 2019, the Wiley Digital Education Award in 2021, the Anthology Catalyst Award in Teaching & Learning in 2022, and the Anthology Catalyst Award in Student experience in 2023 which recognizes institutions leveraging technology to develop educational and administrative innovations that positively influence the total learner experience inside and outside of the classroom. Mapúa MCM is a part of the iPeople schools, a Yuchengco-Ayala education partnership, providing first-class education for a century through academically excellent programs in Engineering and Architecture, Arts and Science, Information Science, Business, Health Sciences, and Junior and Senior High School. Mapúa MCM also provides access to international education in Business and Management and Health Sciences through its collaboration with Arizona State University, the most innovative university in the US. Learn more about Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao at https://mcm.edu.ph/

Mapúa MCL alumna and MGI reservoir engineer accepted to the UNESCO Geothermal Training Programme

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Mapúa MCL alumna and MGI reservoir engineer accepted to the UNESCO Geothermal Training Programme

 

By: Vanessa G. Peralta, PetroEnergy Resources Corporation 

Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna (Mapúa MCL) alumna and Maibarara Geothermal Inc. (MGI) reservoir engineer, Engr. Diana Lee Navarro has been accepted to the six-month Geothermal Training Programme offered by the GRO training center in Iceland under UNESCO. The program will be held from May 28 to November 15, 2024.

 

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Engr. Navarro is a licensed Chemical Engineer from Mapúa MCL’s Batch 2020 who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. Chemical Engineering degree.

Since joining MGI in 2023 as a reservoir engineer, Engr. Navarro has analyzed wellbore and reservoir performance using both surface and subsurface data. This analysis enables her to forecast steam reserves, conduct wellbore simulations, and optimize production and injection well utilization for efficient resource management.

In the six-month program, Engr. Navarro will undergo a rigorous training program that will dive into various aspects of geothermal exploration, development, and resource management.

Engr. Navarro’s achievements in the Engineering field stand as a demonstration of Mapúa MCL’s commitment to academic excellence. Mapúa MCL continues to strive in providing knowledge and practical skills that its graduates could apply in their future professions and endeavors.

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Mapúa MCL’s Faculty Research Colloquium: Sustaining Innovative Breakthroughs and Academic Excellence

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Mapúa MCL’s Faculty Research Colloquium: Sustaining Innovative Breakthroughs and Academic Excellence

 

By Lois Gabrielle D. Tobias

Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna’s (Mapúa MCL) 18th Foundation Week sparked a journey towards sustainable research with its Faculty Research Colloquium. Held on January 25, 2024, the event served as a platform for knowledge exchange, fostering collaboration, and celebrating academic excellence, all aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

 

Dr. Hermie V. Articona, Director of the Research Promotion and Coordination Office (RPCO), outlined their goals: to embed sustainability within the institution and contribute to the SDGs through research. He encouraged participants to delve into fields like smart technologies, renewable energy, and climate change, highlighting upcoming ideation summits, workshops, and research centers dedicated to finding sustainable solutions.

“This year, our goal is to fully support the publication of research works of our faculty members abroad,” said Dr. Articona, about the institution’s goals in research. “Also, we will continuously hold ideation summits, research colloquia for faculty members and students, research proposal workshops, and other events that would help nurture our ‘innovation’ gene. We are also planning to put up research centers at Mapúa MCL and pushing for more research collaborations.”

The following research studies were presented:

 

  • “Students’ Academic Performance Comparison under Different Modalities of Mapúa MCL FLUX for Engineering Dynamics.” aligned with SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and SDG 4: Quality Education by Prof. Ramon P. Velasco from the College of Arts and Science
  • “Development of a Web-Based Student Curriculum Guide and Portfolio.” aligned with SDG 4: Quality Education by Prof. Khristian G. Kikuchi from the College of Computer and Information Science
  • “Teaching Disaster Risk Reduction and Management to Secondary School Students using Online Interactive Course.” aligned with SDG 13: Climate Action by Prof. Banjie G. Sarmiento from the College of Health Sciences
  • “The Role of Loan-Related Risk Appetite in the Relationship Between Financial Risk Consideration and MSME Growth Decision: A Mediation Analysis.” aligned with SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth by Prof. Donn Enrique L. Moreno from the E.T. Yuchengco College of Business
  • “Development of Wood-Plastic Soil Tray Composite (WPSTC) using Polymerized Coir-Wood Dust for Green Roof Structures.” aligned with SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities by Ar. Wilfredo G. Gacutan and Engr. Hermie M. Del Pilar from the Mapúa Institute of Technology Laguna.

The colloquium not only showcased successful research endeavors but also served as a powerful call to action. By recognizing and encouraging further exploration in sustainable fields, Mapúa MCL paves the way for a brighter future, both for its institution and the community.