Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao and Arizona State University expand Dabawenyo health and business students’ access to global education


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.



About Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao. Mapúa MCM is located in Davao City, Davao del Sur, and was established in 2015. Mapúa MCM utilizes an instructional approach that combines face-to-face and online learning for its students. In recognition of its commitment to delivering an excellent technology-driven education, Mapúa MCM has been continuously awarded by Cengage for Outstanding Digital Activations since 2019, the Wiley Digital Education Award in 2021, the Anthology Catalyst Award in Teaching & Learning in 2022, and the Anthology Catalyst Award in Student experience in 2023 which recognizes institutions leveraging technology to develop educational and administrative innovations that positively influence the total learner experience inside and outside of the classroom. Learn more about Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao at



About Arizona State University. Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence, and impact. ASU is ranked #1 in the U.S. for innovation for 8 consecutive years by U.S. News and Report, the leading U.S. universities ranking system. ASU is also ranked in the Top 100 in the world for academic reputation by Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2021, and #1 Public University in the U.S. chosen by international students, according to the Institute of International Education Open Doors Report 2022. Learn more about Arizona State University at


About Cintana Education. Cintana Education enables universities around the world to increase quality and scale in order to provide more students with the education they need and deserve. Cintana provides world-class expertise and access to its own proprietary resources, as well as those of ASU, a top ranked university that shares its vision of expanding access through growth and innovation. Cintana is also building the ASU-Cintana Alliance, an international network of universities that will work together to meet the rising global demand for high quality postsecondary education. Learn more about Cintana Education at




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