Mapua University has formally announced its partnership with Arizona State University (ASU) for a joint initiative to expand the access of Filipino students to high quality international education in both business and health sciences through the ASU-Cintana Alliance.

The press launch was held at the new MAPUA University Makati Campus with Mapua University President Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea and Arizona State University President Dr. Michael M. Crow (via remote screen).

Also joining the press briefing were Ayala Group Managing Director and iPeople President Fred Ayala, Mapua University Partnership Executive Director Dr. Bonifacio T. Doma, Jr., and Cintana Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Asia Chris Hill.

Mapua, a premier engineering and technological university in the Philippines which has received the QS 4-Stars Ranking in Asia will be the one and only school in the country to be recognized as a member of the ASU-Cintana Alliance.


Ayala Group Managing Director and iPeople President Fred Ayala sharing a brief history on how the Mapua-ASU collaboration came to be

The ASU-Cintana Alliance is a global network of innovative universities in the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, working together to build and scale high-quality academic programs that respond to their country’s economic and social needs. ASU-Cintana Alliance members benefit from access to Arizona State University’s resources such as curricula, expertise in digital learning and insights into how to build world-class research programs.


Cintana Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Asia Chris Hill explains why the Mapua-ASU collaboration is win for Filipino students

ASU is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as #1 in the U.S. for Innovation, and Top 10 for Best Undergraduate Teaching. ASU is also ranked by Times Higher Education as # 1 in the U.S and #2 in the world for global impact in research, outreach and stewardship.


Arizona State University President Dr. Michael M. Crow (via remote screen)

We are delighted to launch this new collaborative effort with one of the top universities in the Philippines and its subsidiary colleges,” said Michael M. Crow, President of Arizona State University. “We are selective about finding the right partners. The Mapúa schools share our vision of delivering high-quality, global education at scale to our students, in order to help individuals thrive and to make our world a better place. We look forward to working together and advancing ways in which these colleges can continue to innovate to meet the needs of students as we move ahead.”

Starting in August 2022, Mapua’s E.T. Yuchengco School of Business will offer ASU-enhanced courses at Mapua’s brand new, 8-story campus in Makati, the country’s premier business district.

Here’s a quick visual tour of the new Makati campus:

Business students will benefit from Mapua’s strategic collaboration with ASU, which is home to the #1 Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs according to U.S. News & World Report. This will further enhance students’ opportunities to learn from industry practitioners and pursue internships at some of the country’s leading companies.

At the same time, content and curricula from ASU will be incorporated into key health sciences pre-med programs, including the BS in biology and BS in psychology degree tracks. These will be offered at Mapua’s Intramuros campus, as well as at its subsidiary schools: Malayan College Laguna in Cabuyao, Laguna and Malayan College Mindanao in Davao City. Additional health sciences courses will be offered next school year.

This groundbreaking collaboration will provide students with a highly differentiated education that will be centered on three core pillars – international exposure, real-world experiential learning and digital expertise.


Mapua University Partnership Executive Director Dr. Bonifacio T. Doma, Jr. explaining the 3 key differentiators of the Mapua-ASU collaboration

By grounding this new collaboration around these three core pillars, Mapua students will now be able to access ASU’s world-class content and curricula and participate in Global Signature Courses with faculty and classmates from other countries conducted in a state-of-the-art Global Classrooms facility, which will give them a broader worldview and more international network.

Students will also be immersed in real-world experiential learning co-designed with industry partners, through problem-based learning and modern tech-enabled simulation environments. To round out their experience, they will have enhanced opportunities to learn the digital skill sets necessary for this era of rapid technological transformation, by leveraging ASU’s digital expertise. These experiences will enable Mapua graduates to hit the ground running in cutting-edge careers here and abroad.

Mapua students will also be provided with access to unique international exchange programs and summer immersion opportunities at ASU and other universities around the world, through Mapua’s membership in the ASU-Cintana Alliance.


Mapua University President Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea

“International, research-driven, digitally-enhanced and outcomes-based: this is the character of Mapúan education,” said Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, President of Mapúa University. “Our strategic collaboration with ASU enables us to push the envelope further, by providing our students with the opportunity to learn with a top U.S university. Our goal is to further enable a new generation of forward-looking Filipino business and health professionals to transform lives and society positively.”

Aside from collaboration in the areas of Business and Health Sciences, the partnership may soon open doors to Filipino students for research collaboration and studies regarding earth and space exploration which is also what ASU is known for all over the world.

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