Mapúa University – Education for the Global and Digital Age

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Dr Reynaldo B Vea

A QS Showcase profile of Dr Reynaldo B Vea, president and chief executive officer of Mapúa University

“At Mapúa, we believe that we should transform our students to be able to successfully live and work in a world that is global, knowledge based, and technology driven.”
Dr Reynaldo B Vea
President and chief executive officer of Mapúa University

Upon assumption of office, Dr Reynaldo B Vea, president and chief executive officer of the Mapúa University, took up the challenge of globalisation as the cornerstone of his presidency.

Under his leadership, Mapúa blazed a trail for international accreditation of Philippine engineering and computing programmes when it became the first school in East Asia to obtain the ABET accreditation for 14 of its engineering and computing programmes. In addition, the university also had eight of its engineering programmes accredited by the Philippine Technological Council – Accreditation and Certification Board for Engineering and Technology (PTC-ACBET), the umbrella organisation of all engineering professional groups in the Philippines and a provisional member of the Washington Accord.

Furthermore, Mapúa continuously establishes linkages with international schools and industry leaders that have led to the growth of research and to the internationalisation of the university. Mapúa’s partnerships also create opportunities for students to be exposed to the international scene and experience business operations in a global scale through international internships, plant visits, as well as student exchange and summer programmes.

Dr Vea graduated as magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines (UP) with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1978. He obtained his MS degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981 and his PhD in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991 as a Fulbright-Hays scholar.

Dr Vea worked as a naval architect and marine engineer at the Hudson Shipbuilders in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and at the Herbert Engineering Corp in San Francisco, California.

He was a member of the UP College of Engineering (CoE) faculty for 23 years. In 1993, Dr Vea was appointed dean of the CoE. In the mid90s, he worked as the chairman of the Technical Panel on Engineering, Architecture and Maritime Education of Commission on Higher Education, formulating internationally benchmarked engineering curricula.

Dr Vea was elected as member of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), an august and select body of the country’s top scientists and technologists. He was elected Chairman of the Academy’s Engineering Sciences and Technology Division in May 2012.

He also served as president of the Association for Engineering Education in Southeast Asia and the Pacific (AEESEAP). In addition, Dr Vea is a founding fellow and founding executive council member of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET). He was the chairman of the Science and Technology Committee of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines from 2011 to 2017. Furthermore, he was a director of the Philippine American Educational Foundation (PAEF), otherwise known as the Fulbright Commission of the Philippines, from 2010 to 2017.

Dr Vea currently chairs the Philippine National Referencing Committee, which will reference the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) to the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF). He has also nurtured close relationships with the private sector in order to keep abreast of their needs. He has also been in the Board of Directors of several companies as well: Petrogreen Corp, Petrowind Corp, Maibarara Geothermal, Inc, Seafront Resources Group, and the House of Investments.