Information Technology has come a long way since the dawn of the information age. More and more educational institutions are looking into it as a central focus of their academic offerings.
An inevitable chasm between the industry and the academic is established but the responsibility lies heavily in the education.
In line with the far reaching transformation of Mapúa Institute of Technology (now Mapúa University), their newly formed School of Information Technology recognizes its value as an integral part of molding individuals that will be innovators in the field of Information Technology.
Founded in 2000, Mapúa’s School of Information Technology (SoIT) continues to grow as one of the premier IT educational institutions in the country. Throughout the past decade, the school has achieved tremendous success. From a single program of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, it now offers four undergraduate programs, namely, Computer Science (CS), Entertainment and Multimedia Computing (EMC), Information Systems (IS), and Information Technology (IT). In 2011, two of its programs – BS Computer Science and BS Information Technology – were granted accreditation by ABET. By 2016, the Commission on Higher Education granted Mapúa, through the School of IT, as a “Center of Excellence in Information Technology Education.” Recently, BS Information Systems was granted accreditation by ABET together with the re-accreditation of its first two programs.
The School of IT is located at 333 Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenue corner Nicanor Garcia Street, Barangay Bel-Air, City of Makati. The Institute’s 8,500-square-meter campus in Makati City is a three-storey building along Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (formerly Buendia) and is easily accessible via passenger jeepneys, buses, and cars. It has a student population of more than 2,000 under the four bachelor degree programs (CS, EMC, IS, and IT) and two masters program (MS CS and MIT). The campus lobby has four units of 32” LED monitors and two units of 46” LED monitors, where announcements and other important events are posted to keep the students informed and up-to-date. The school is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to support its programs such as specialized computer laboratories in Cisco and HP-UNIX and one Apple and several Windows computer laboratories. Its library is equipped with a multimedia room, OPAC, and online databases of periodicals, general references among others.