AMA Computer University is the first and largest ICT University in Asia with an annual student population of 150,000 and more than 200 campuses in the Philippines and other parts of the world.
As the pioneer of computer education in the Philippines, it was the first to offer courses in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, the first to offer e-Learning, the first to provide one-to-one student-to-computer ratio, the first computer university to offer Mechatronics, the first school in the Philippines to have received ISO 9001 Certification, the first Premier Education Partner of Microsoft, the first and exclusive training partner of Avaya, and the first to branch out to key cities and municipalities in the Philippines.
To date, only AMA has developed on-line learning in the Philippines. It is also the first school in the country that is developing a University town comparable to Harvard, MIT and others in the world.
Since its establishment in 1980, AMA has graduated more than 160,000 students who are now gainfully employed in top IT companies all over the world, a development that made a name for the Philippines as the leading provider of competent computer manpower in Asia.
Realizing the Vision
But the glory that is AMA did not come overnight. It was achieved through hard work, accurate execution and determination of AMA's leadership. Named after Amable M. Aguiluz, Sr., AMA was established in 1980 as a small computer institute. Its founder, Dr. Amable R. Aguiluz V, had the firm resolve to educate the computer market based on his experience in computer sales. He was into computer distribution sometime in 1978 as sole distributor of Computer Land's microcomputers in the Philippines. Looking at computers as the wave of the future, he recognized the very urgent need to educate his fellow Filipinos and make them globally competitive. AMA proves him right.
Setting up a non-traditional school was not easy. Only 13 students enrolled at the AMA Institute of Computer Studies during the first semester and Dr. Aguiluz had second thoughts about the viability of the project. But he did not easily give up. Instead, he solved the problem of low student population by embarking on an aggressive marketing and information campaign. He mustered all the resources that he can get to make it succeed. With patience, determination and hard work, AMA started attracting more students.
The following year, a favorable public response encouraged Dr. Aguiluz V to offer a four-year degree course in Computer Science and establish the AMA Comptuer College in Makati. It drew a lot of interest from students, educators and professional alike who saw the need for information technology. By 1983, the institution grew into a network of colleges in Metro Manila. And then it went nationwide. And today international.
Capping the success of AMA as an educational institution is the conferment of University Status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).