The Mapúa Institute of Technology has taken another huge step toward achieving global excellence by linking up with leading business analytics company SAS.
The partnership between Mapúa and SAS was formalized during the contract signing at the Makati campus of the Institute. Mapúa president Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea and SAS regional director in the Pacific Emmanuel Halili signed the agreement on September 21.
The partnership was initiated by SAS and was forged under the SAS Global Academic Program.
Third year students of Mapua’s School of Information Technology (SOIT) are those who would directly benefit from the partnership since the 12-unit SAS specialization track will be offered to them beginning October of this year.
Under the specialization track, a set of modules will teach students how to make effective business decisions, systematic planning, and accurate predictions by using cutting-edge analytical strategies, methods and processes.
The students will receive a certificate of completion after finishing the course, and they may opt to pursue professional SAS certification in specific tracks.
The skill to interpret and analyze data is an essential tool in modern business, especially in today’s world where there is an explosion of information, according to Dr. Vea.
“Mapúa recognizes the growing need for students to be equipped with competitive knowledge in the fields of business intelligence and analytics, especially in today’s modern business environment,” Dr. Vea said. “We believe that the course that we have developed through SAS will help our graduates acquire skills that will make them more employable.”
The Mapúa president also pointed out that the Institute is always on the lookout for ways to improve its current curriculum, saying that in the fields of Computer Science and IT, for instance, “things move very quickly.”
“So, it is important for any school to keep abreast or risk being left by the wayside… The best way to do this is to partner with the industry,” he said.
Halili, on the other hand, shared that there is a huge demand for business analytics in many companies and organizations not just in the Philippines but all over the world.
Theoretically, he said, the certificate of completion will help them get work abroad “given the design of the course but it’s still best to [stay] here and support the country.”
MHSS to benefit, too
Come October, SOIT associate dean Nilda Eliquen said 2 sections will be allotted for the SAS specialization track, and 80 students have already expressed their interest to take it up.
She witnessed the signing of the agreement along with other Mapúa representatives including Dr. Bonifacio T. Doma Jr., executive vice president for Academic Affairs, and lawyer Ethel Benitez, vice president of the legal department. SAS country operations director Maxie Ventura –Garin and SAS customer care officer Marianne Decena were also present.
“SAS plans to continue providing quality education through the SAS curriculum and practical experiences by making SAS technologies accessible to academic institutions. We aim to raise the calibre of fresh graduates in the Philippines and supply the pool of resources as demanded by the market by propagating SAS skills,” said Garin.
Representatives from Malayan High School of Science (MHSS), a Mapua subsidiary, also came to witness the signing. Present were MHSS principal Dr. Efren B. Mateo and Ferdinand Geronimo of the MHSS’ Registrar’s Office.
As a result of the partnership between Mapúa and SAS, MHSS will make use of the SAS Curriculum Pathways - the web-based, interactive, and standards-based resources in English, Math, Science, Social Studies/History and Spanish - at no cost.
“The SAS Curriculum Pathways will be rolled out to the third year level effective immediately after the training of the teachers on October 6, 2011. It will not replace our existing curriculum but rather it will complement and enrich it,” Dr. Mateo said.
He added: “The curriculum offers an alternative mode of engaging the students in the teaching-learning process. On the part of the teachers, it will add to their repertoire of teaching strategies to make teaching-learning more effective.”
Given that it is web-based and interactive, Dr. Mateo expects that there will be a greater interest in subjects like Science, Math, English and Social Studies among the students.” By nature, students love to tinker the computer and browse the web. In pedagogy, we know that interest in a subject leads to achievement.”
Dr. Vea, meantime, said the SAS Curriculum Pathways will enhance the teaching and learning process, especially the learning of high school students, at MHSS.
Mapúa Institute of Technology president Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea and SAS regional director in the Pacific Emmanuel Halili shake hands after signing an agreement on September 21 to seal their partnership. Representatives from Mapúa and SAS were also present to witness the signing.