True to its commitment in delivering global education to students, Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao (Mapúa MCM)’s Alfonso T. Yuchengco College of Business and College of Health Sciences collaborate with Arizona State University (ASU), the No. 1 in Innovation among universities in the U.S. for nine consecutive years—according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 rankings. Dr. Rick Shangraw, Jr., President of Cintana Education, affirmed this undertaking and solidified the ongoing relationship during his most recent visit to Mapúa MCM.
In this collaboration, Mapúa MCM students and faculty are provided with unparalleled opportunities to explore high-quality, global education in business and health sciences. Dr. Shangraw emphasized the collaborative nature of the initiative, stating, “Students and faculty are given the chance to engage in excellent programs and courses, both at Mapúa MCM and Arizona State University. They can enroll in ASU or study online at other state universities, earning degrees from both institutions.”
One of the notable aspects of this collaboration is the synergistic network of both institutions. Mapúa MCM has made its mark on the global stage when its business students competed in the 2023 Grand Finals of the International Student Start-Up Idea Competition in New Delhi, India. ASU’s pursuit of excellence in innovation further emphasizes the exceptional educational experience provided to MMCM students.
The collaboration extends beyond academics, offering scholarships, loan programs, and other financial aid programs to ease the burden on students. Dr. Shangraw elaborated, “We are actively working to make their experience more affordable, understanding the financial challenges faced by Filipino students.”
Moreover, students benefit from real-world experiential learning, industry-driven problem solving, and modern tech-enabled simulation environments. Dr. Shangraw emphasized ASU’s commitment to preparing students for the future, stating, “We focus on digital skill sets, essential in the era of rapid technological transformation. ASU, through the Cintana Alliance, offers a vast array of courses, ensuring students are well-equipped for the evolving global landscape.”
Dr. Shangraw stressed the importance of nurturing not just students’ academic abilities but also their character and values. He emphasized the significance of internships and community engagement, highlighting ASU’s commitment to being a responsible and responsive community partner.
In essence, Dr. Shangraw’s visit serves as a reaffirmation of the enduring partnership between Arizona State University, Cintana Education, and Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao. Together, they continue to shape the educational journey of Filipino students, providing them with a holistic, globally relevant, and transformative learning experience.