MAPUA University (Mapua), one of the country’s top engineering and technical universities, has long observed a trend towards micro-skills and continuing education, with most employers now favoring graduates who have skills beyond what is in the classroom is taught. As such, upgrading skills to minimize skills gaps is no longer a nice-to-have, but a must-have—a new normal—for future professionals.
That’s why, since 2019, Mapua has seen this trend as an opportunity to help build students who are globally ready through a partnership with a leading global online learning platform – Coursera.
More recently, Mapua, along with Yuchengco-led educational institutions under iPeople, expanded this partnership to continuously provide learners with industry-recognized micro-certifications and improve their employability here and abroad.
“It’s really something for our students because not only will they have a Mapua degree, they will also have bankable certificates that prove their ability,” said Mapua University President and iPeople Inc. Chairman, Dr. Reynaldo Vea, at a November 3 press conference announcing the extension of the partnership.
Online courses from top international universities and technology leaders have been introduced and integrated into Mapua’s college curriculum to enhance students’ extracurricular learning experience.
“Students learn about international educational standards and we can deal with global companies by including them in our education system. With these complementary courses, we fill in gaps in the curriculum with high-quality material that increases the employability of our students,” he added.
The partnership between Mapua and Coursera has so far impacted over 11,700 unique learners with more than 100,000 enrollments from Mapúa and its 100% owned Malayan Colleges Laguna and Mapua Malayan Colleges Mindanao combined.
“Based on the success, we are excited to expand our partnership across all iPeople Inc. schools’ programs (Mapua University, Malayan Colleges Laguna, Mapua Malayan Colleges Mindanao, University of Nueva Caceres, and National Teachers College) to bring their students and alumni to the support new age skills development and prepare for the high-paying jobs of the future,” said Raghav Gupta, Managing Director of Coursera Asia Pacific.
“It’s also exciting to enable faculty upskilling at scale, empowering them to deliver excellence in education that keeps pace with the demands of the digital economy,” he added.
Vea also believes that Coursera’s internationalization of education aligns perfectly with her vision to create a talent pipeline of qualified graduates and transform Mapua into a digital, research-driven, results-driven, international domain.
Recently, Mapua was recognized as one of the top universities in the world for 2023 by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.
“THE’s new recognition for Mapua University is a guarantee of the overall excellence and global competitiveness of Mapua education. We are honored and honored to have worked with them on this journey – to enable quality online learning, to enable on-the-job training (OJT) and to prepare their students for professional success in the rapidly changing knowledge-based economy,” Gupta added.
Mapua is the first university in the Philippines to deploy Coursera to 6,000 students in 2019, with more than 58,000 Coursera course completions and nearly 50 percent of the skills being developed in data science.
Since then, complementary courses have been made available online not only to its students but also to its faculty members to help them develop hands-on learning projects, and even to its alumni to support their lifelong learning and introduce career transition opportunities.