Mapúa University has named Dr. Dodjie Maestrecampo as the new president and chief executive officer, making him its fourth president since 1925. The announcement was made at the university’s Intramuros campus, where Dr. Maestrecampo shared his vision and plans for the country’s leading engineering and technological institution. He succeeds Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, who completed his tenure last June after 23 years of service.
Known for his visionary academic leadership in technology and education for over 30 years, Dr. Maestrecampo concurrently serves as president of Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna and Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao, higher education institutions (HEIs) under the Mapúa University system and the Ayala-Yuchengco education partnership iPeople, Inc.
Under his leadership, the university will continue to introduce more groundbreaking, future-ready programs and courses to enable students to hone global competencies using cutting-edge technologies.
“I am humbled and deeply honored to be elected as the President of Mapúa University. I am grateful for the trust and confidence that the university has placed in me. In today’s rapidly changing world, it is more important than ever for Mapúa to be at the forefront of education. We must equip our students with the knowledge, skills, and values they need to succeed in an extremely agile workforce”, said Dr. Dodjie Maestrecampo, Mapúa University president and chief executive officer.
“I am committed to leading Mapúa into a new era of excellence and ensuring that our university is where students can thrive, learn, and grow. I will also work to make Mapúa a more accessible and inclusive institution. I look forward to working with the Mapúa community to build a brighter future for our university and our country”, he added.
Before becoming head of the three HEIs, Dr. Maestrecampo served as Mapúa’s executive vice president for academic affairs, prioritizing the university system’s expansion. He established and headed the operations of then Malayan Colleges Laguna in 2006, followed by then Malayan Colleges Mindanao, in 2017.
His expertise in technology and education was instrumental in steering the digital transformation of both Mapúa Malayan Colleges. His foresight and emphasis on integrating digital technologies into the schools’ teaching and learning systems enabled them to seamlessly deliver consistent, international standard, outcomes-based, research-driven education despite the challenges before, during, and after the pandemic.
Dr. Maestrecampo also played a central role in establishing linkages with international universities that facilitated global exposure for students. He also initiated numerous research and development programs to help advance various industries and society.