The Mapúa education group met another milestone as it inaugurated the newest campus of Malayan Colleges in Matina, Davao City. The Malayan Colleges Mindanao (MCM) is directly under the Mapúa group, and its official opening earlier this month marks an important development in the field of science, technology, and engineering education not only in the region, but in the entire Philippines.
President Rodrigo R. Duterte led the inauguration rites of MCM. In his speech, the President congratulated the administration, faculty, staff, and students of MCM and candidly shared stories reminiscent of his time in school. The event was also attended by various officials and executives of the Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC), including YGC Chairperson Helen Y. Dee and Mapúa University and MCM president Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea.
On its first trimester of operations, MCM already has 1,200 students from all over Mindanao enrolled in its senior high school and college programs. The school offers bachelor programs in architecture; chemical, civil, computer, electrical, electronics, industrial and mechanical engineering; entertainment and multimedia computing; computer science; information systems; communication; multimedia arts and entrepreneurship. The sprawling campus in Matina can accommodate up to 8,000 students, and MCM is expecting for its enrollment to increase in the coming months. The school takes pride in its state-of-the-art learning facilities, highly competent faculty members, and learner-centered, outcomes-based curricula.
Dr. Vea said that MCM’s curriculum and thrust are both intended to boost the state and study of science and technology in the Philippines, and the core of efforts is currently in Mindanao. The school also aims to promote Mindanao studies in various areas and to eventually expand into other fields of study.
In interviews with the local media, Dr. Vea said that MCM will implement special tracks that are specifically meant to address concerns in Mindanao. For instance, he said that the mechanical and civil engineering programs of the school will include courses on agricultural engineering and other areas connected to agricultural science and development.
“The goal of Mapúa University and Malayan Colleges is to elevate the study and practice and science and technology in the Philippines. We want to train scientists, engineers, and IT experts who will develop technologies that can help the Philippines and the Filipino people address development issues. Our science, engineering, and IT programs are constantly being developed to achieve world-class standards: We aim to produce graduates whose work are globally competitive,” Dr. Vea said.