Mapua Institute of Technology

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Mapua Institute of Technology
Founder Don Tomas Mapua
Address Muralla St. Intramuros, Manila, Philippines 1002

The Mapúa Institute of Technology (MIT, Mapúa Tech or simply Mapúa) is a private, non-sectarian, Filipino tertiary institute located in Intramuros, Manila and in Makati. This reputable institution produces engineers that become topnotchers in the engineering board exams. It is the first institution to implement the four-term academic calendar among the colleges and universities throughout the country. As of 2006, diplomas and official documents issued by the institute includes a footnote with the message "Malayan Colleges operating under the name of Mapúa Institute of Technology" noting the implementation of the name change of the administration.

Mapúa is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association since its inclusion in 1930 as the Mapua Cardinals.

The institute has gained prominence as the premier engineering school in the country under the stewardship of Don Tomas Mapua and later, his son Oscar Mapua. During this period, the Institute consistently dominated the top 10 and even the top 20 slots in most licensure exams for architecture and engineering, year after year. It also consistently achieved the highest passing rates in the board exams among other competing schools in architecture and the various fields of engineering.

The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) has granted Level III Second Re-accreditation status to eight (8) engineering programs of the Institute namely; Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Environmental and Sanitary Engineering. In August 2006, the Mapúa IT Center will be visited by PACUCOA accreditors for Level I accreditation.



On 25 January 1925, Don Tomás Mapúa founded the Mapúa Institute of Technology. At first the Institute only provided students with programs for architecture and civil engineering especially for those who worked during the day. There were only 80 students and a dozen of faculty members at that time and classes were held in a rented commercial building in Carriedo Street in Quiapo, Manila. In 1928, the establishment of the Mapúa High School was taken into action.

In World War II, the institute was used as garrison by the Japanese forces during their occupation in Manila. By this time, all classes were suspended and the senior students were forced to graduate prematurely. In 1945 the Institute suffered total destruction during the liberation of Manila. As a part of the rehabilitation program, the former De Luxe Fashion School in Doroteo Jose was acquired and housed the high school department in 1948. In 1951, the Mapúa family acquired a piece of land from the La Corporacion Fransicana where the present Intramuros Campus stands. The construction of the buildings was not completed until 1963, through the campus opened its doors to students in 1956.

On December 1999, the institute was passed on to the Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC) headed by Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco and appointed Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea as president. Due to space constraints on the Intramuros Campus, the old RCBC Building in Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. in Makati City was bought and converted into the Mapúa Makati Campus, where the School of Information Technology was moved in 2002. A spin-off of the School of IT, the Mapúa IT Center, as the Makati Campus is named, was established. On the other hand, the operation of the Mapúa High School was closed down on 2005.

On 10 February 2005, as a part of Mapúa's plans for elevating from institute to university status, the administration announced the renaming of the institute to Malayan University, based on the Malayan Insurance Company of the Yuchengcos. But while waiting to become eligible for university status, the name "Malayan Colleges" will be used and the name "Mapúa Institute of Technology" will be retained for the College of Engineering, Architecture and IT. This move was very unpopular with the students and the alumni. On February 14, the students protested outside the campus where Muralla Street at Intramuros was filled with Mapúa students clad in black shirts protesting against the decision of the administration and criticized them for not consulting the students before making such a decision. This event would go down in history of Mapúa as the "Black Valentine" protest. Despite the efforts of the students, faculty and alumni against the decision, the Board of Trustees and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) have approved the name change and will be implemented in the near future.

Projects, Products and Services


  • Mapúa was the first institute in the Philippines to feature a RFID or Radio Frequency ID card system which they call "CARDINAL Plus" which stands for CARD and Integrated Network Access Log-in Plus. It is a two-piece plastic PVC card with a microchip and antenna inserted in between. The CARDINAL Plus functions not only as an identification card but acts as a Library card and is capable of storing information such as student logs, grades, guidance records, schedules, and more.
  • Mapúa offers a 24-7 Wireless Internet for students with its "BISHOP" (Broadband IP Systems Hotspots for On-the-go People) service. BISHOP makes good use of the Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) technology, and operates on the 802.11b and 802.11g Wi-Fi standards.
  • The Institute also offers an online student information, enrollment and load reservation service through its MyMapúa service.
  • Mapúa also has its own special SIM card, the Mapúa Cardinal SIM which is powered by Globe Telecom. The Cardinal SIM contains all the usual features of a regular Globe SIM card with the addition of the MapuaTXT service, which allows students to receive important school announcements on their mobile phones.


  • Mapúa is the home of an award-winning robotics team. They have designed an observation-class underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) designed for underwater surveillance applications, and a humanoid robot is now in the works. The robotics team is organized into divisions aimed at emulating a systems engineering approach to student-led research and development in a multidisciplinary environment.

Degree Programs

Intramuros Campus

  • School of Architecture and Planning, Industrial Design and the Built Environment
    • Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture Design, Project Construction Management
  • School of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Sanitary Engineering
    • Civil Engineering, Environmental and Sanitary Engineering
  • School of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
    • Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry
  • School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering and Computer Engineering
    • Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Communications Engineering
  • School of Earth and Material Science Engineering
    • Materials Science and Engineering, Geology and Geological Engineering
  • School of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
    • Engineering Management, Industrial Engineering
  • School of Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • School of Languages, Humanities and Social Sciences
    • AB Psychology, BS Psychology

Makati Campus

  • School of Information Technology
    • Computer Science, Information Management, Information Technology
  • San Lorenzo Ruiz School of Health Sciences
    • Nursing

Enrique T. Yuchengco School of Business & Management

    • Accountancy, Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management

Mapúa IT Center

  • Associate in Digital Arts and Design
  • Associate in Management Systems Technology
  • Associate in Information Systems
  • Associate in Network Technology


  • First institute to implement the four-term academic calendar.
  • Opened the San Lorenzo Ruiz School of Health Sciences and provided Nursing programs at the Makati Campus on July 2004.
  • The new Malayan High School of Science in Pandacan, Manila, which was envisioned to specialize in programs related to science and technology, opened in June 2006.
  • The Intramuros Campus started to provide Psychology programs while the Makati Campus started its Business Administration and Accountancy programs in 2005, and Hotel and Restaurant Management for 2006.
  • The Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL), located in Cabuyao, Laguna opened in 2007. MCL will initially offer Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Information Technology under the Mapua School of Engineering and Accountancy under the E.T Yuchengco School of Business and Management.




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