Way back in 1921, the need for establishing a school that would provide adequate technical training to graduates of secondary education was seriously felt.

In response to this need, the Mapúa Institute of Technology was established in 1925 with less than seventy students enrolled in Architecture and Civil Engineering.

On March 8, 1929, after a thorough examination of the school’s curriculum and an ocular inspection of the school premises conducted by the Investigating Committee, duly appointed by the Secretary of Public Instruction, government recognition was granted for the full courses in Civil Engineering and Architecture.

On June 1931, Mapúa Institute of Technology graduated the first batch of students with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. On the other hand, for the second program of the School of CEGE which is the Environmental and Sanitary Engineering, the first batch of graduates obtained their degree Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Sanitary Engineering on February 1963. Since then, the School of CEGE has been producing Board Topnotchers for both the Civil Engineering and Sanitary Engineering licensure examinations.

From the less than seventy students enrolled at Mapúa Institute of Technology in Carriedo Street, where the Institute was born, to about three thousand students today, the School of CEGE now has a permanent home in the Intramuros campus. From its humble beginnings, it has gradually gained pride to be considered as a source of well-trained Civil Engineers and Environmental and Sanitary Engineers, who has not only become prominent, but have occupied top positions in the government as well as in private companies.

The Civil Engineering (CE) program of the Mapúa Institute of Technology has recently been granted Level IV Accredited Status by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA). The program was visited by PACUCOA Commissioners on January 30, 2009 and was evaluated using the six (6) outcomes-based criteria of Level IV Accreditation. The six criteria focused on Research, Instruction and Learning, Service, Linkages, Strategic Planning, and Career Planning and Development.

With the assistance of the Continuous Quality Improvement Office (CQIO) and the Institutional and Program-level Survey Executive Committee Chairpersons, the Dean, faculty members and non-teaching staff of the School of CEGE prepared and compiled documents and records that exhibited the application of continuous quality improvement (CQI) on the processes adopted by the Institute. Exhibits were also presented to the PACUCOA Commissioners showing the various outputs per criterion vis-à-vis the desired outcomes. Moreover, exhibits showing process maps and the outputs and outcomes of each process were displayed in the Accreditation Room during the campus visit of the PACUCOA Commissioners. This has made possible the full appreciation by PACUCOA Commissioners on the outcomes-based education in the Institute as practiced by the CE program.

The Civil Engineering program of MAPÚA is the first PACUCOA Level IV accredited engineering program in the Philippines.

When the Yuchengcos took over the management of the Institute in 2000, they envisioned for the different curricular programs to be of international standards. In 2002, initially the EE, ECE and the COE programs started to prepare for the ABET substantial equivalency accreditation. In 2004 an ABET consultant was sent by ABET in accordance with ABET procedure at that time, to conduct preliminary inspection on the readiness of the program for substantial equivalency.  Taking advantage of the lesson learned and the fact that the initial ABET team visit did not consummate due to the state travel advisory by the US State Department, the Institute decided that four other programs can simultaneously prepare for ABET substantial equivalency accreditation.  Hence, in 2004, the Civil Engineering program started preparing for ABET substantial equivalency accreditation.  In 2005, new courses were introduced to make the CE curriculum compliant to the program criteria requirements of ABET and be an outcomes based curriculum.  Since then, the program
continues to improve by aligning its curricula with ABET’s requirement. Last November 5, 2010 the Commission on Higher Education or CHED awarded a Certificate of Recognition to the Civil Engineering program as a Center of Development for exhibiting potential in providing quality instruction, research and extension services as per CEB Resolution No. 448-2009. The following year, October 2011, the Civil Engineering program was granted the most awaited ABET Certification, the highest possible certification from an international accrediting body.