• October 4, 2023

Mapúa University and Cisco are teaming up to establish the Philippines’ first digital university. In this partnership, Cisco will deploy state-of-the-art technology to upgrade the university’s classrooms for improved hybrid learning.

The initiative is part of Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program in the Philippines, UGNAYAN 2030. 

Cisco will provide Mapúa University with a full range of purpose-built artificial intelligence (AI)-powered collaboration tools, including the Cisco Webex Meeting Suite, Webex Boards, and devices, and Meraki Wireless and Smart Cameras, to help create inclusive and engaging learning experiences in hybrid classrooms.

To harness the full potential of the digital classroom experience, Mapúa and Cisco have developed a training curriculum for teachers that focuses on blended, hybrid learning. A specialized training program will be rolled out to ensure that teachers and students are taught to effectively use Cisco devices and solutions so they can communicate, collaborate and learn effectively from anywhere. 

Mapúa has also set its sights on achieving several other key milestones as part of its comprehensive approach to creating a modernized campus. This includes making education accessible across borders by offering fully online Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs. 

Mapúa will support upskilling and micro-credential initiatives through online courses in accredited learning and certification platforms. This builds on the university’s standing as one of the largest partners for the Cisco Networking Academy in the Philippines.

“The pandemic has revealed the power of hybrid learning in keeping students and teachers connected from anywhere and at any time. But these experiences are only possible with the right connectivity, collaboration and right level of cyber security, said Dr. Dodjie S. Maestrecampo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mapúa University

“I am confident that this partnership will transform the learning experience Mapúa University will offer its students moving forward,” he added.

“The future of education is changing, as hybrid learning opens opportunities to increase access and drive continuity of engagement. Technology has been a huge enabler in building the bridge to learning without boundaries,” Zaza Soriano-Nicart, Cisco Philippines Managing Director, shared.

“Through our CDA program, Cisco is proud and thrilled to be a part of Mapúa University’s transformative journey to bring students together in immersive and engaging ways and empower them to learn not just within the confines of a classroom but their homes and anywhere in between.”

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