Mapúa schools & Arizona State University offer opportunities to PH students

(Press Release)

iPeople, the publicly-listed Yuchengco-Ayala education partnership, has introduced a first-of-its-kind offering that enables Filipino students to immerse themselves in global educational experiences with top international universities and a top Philippine university, in a highly cost-effective manner.

Last year, iPeople school Mapúa University and its daughter schools Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna and Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao, entered into a collaboration with Arizona State University (ASU), which has been ranked America’s most innovative university, ahead of Stanford and MIT, over the past 8 years.

The collaboration is focused on Business and Health Sciences programs. In the latest US News & World Report online program rankings, ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business ranked Top 10 in the US across 8 programs and disciplines, including the #1 spot for online bachelor’s in business programs, and ASU’s online bachelor’s program in psychology was ranked #4.

Through this collaboration, the Mapúa schools also became members of the ASUCintana Alliance, a global network of 15 of the most innovative higher education institutions in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with the Mapúa schools, whom we selected as our Philippine champions, because of their long-standing reputation for innovation and academic excellence. The recent ranking of Mapúa as one of the top 4 Philippine universities, together with UP Ateneo and LaSalle, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, is clear evidence of the quality of a Mapúan education,” said Chris Hill, Chief Strategy Officer, and Head of Asia Pacific at Cintana.

Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, President of Mapúa University and Chairman of iPeople, said: “We have long been focused on delivering the hallmarks of a Mapúan education: international, digitally enhanced, outcomes-based, and research-driven. Our collaboration with global leader ASU and being part of the ASU-Cintana Alliance enable us to take these to a higher level for our students, by giving them numerous opportunities to learn with a top-ranked US university, and other leading education institutions around the world.”

At a press conference held in Mapúa’s brand new Makati campus, the most modern in the NCR, the collaborating schools introduced several groundbreaking offerings.

During their time at the Mapúa schools, students now have the opportunity to be immersed in international learning experiences in numerous ways. Firstly, they have access to ASU’s world-class content in all their ASU-enhanced courses. Secondly, students are able to participate in Global Signature Courses through state-of-the-art virtual Global Classrooms, which give them the opportunity to learn remotely from professors at member universities of the ASU-Cintana Alliance and interact with classmates from around the world, without leaving the Philippines.

Students can also participate in classes co-lectured by ASU faculty in the US. Lastly, students will have many opportunities to participate in dozens of student exchange and summer immersion programs at ASUCintana Alliance schools.

Lorenzo V. Tan, the CEO of House of Investments, the listed holding company of YGC (Yuchengco Group of Companies), and the majority shareholder of People said, “YGC has long prioritized education as one of our contributions to nation-building. It is very timely that our Mapua schools are launching this very innovative and global initiative as we celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of our past Chairman, Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco, who had always advocated for making quality education more affordable for Filipinos and had forged many successful partnerships with industry leaders from around the world.”

Cezar P. Consing, the CEO of Ayala Corporation, added: “This initiative will allow young people access to education that, while Philippine centered, is also global in quality and in reach. We want to help develop a generation of truly global Filipinos because our country deserves the best the world has to offer.”