For over two decades, the country’s largest integrated telco PLDT Inc. has supported the computer science program of the Ateneo de Manila University, through its Professorial Chair donation. Manuel V Pangilinan and the companies and foundations under his leadership, have also donated 14 Professorial Chairs to the University of the Philippines College of Engineering to aid in their research studies on innovative and tech developments for the country. Through the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Pangilinan also committed to donate another professorial chair to the College of Engineering. The MVP Group also provided two more professorial chairs to the UP College of Science.
The Professorial Chair donation is part of PLDT’s commitment to the advancement of communication and technology in the country, including support for colleges and institutions devoted to the study of Computer Science and Information Technology.
“We remain grateful to you for the generous contribution of the PLDT Foundation Inc. toward the establishment of the PLDT Professorial Chair in Computer Science. Our Professorial Chairs such as the PLDT Chair have been instrumental in the continuing formation of our teachers, which enables them to impart a world class Jesuit and Ateneo education to our students. We thank you for being a valued partner in this urgent mission to transform lives and communities through the gift of an Ateneo education,” said Ateneo de Manila University President Roberto C. Yap, SJ.
“Technology has the power to transform lives. As a Company, we believe that the best enabler of change comes from the innovative minds of those who aspire to make a difference in the world today. With education as one of our company’s strongest advocacy pillars, we hope to create a culture of excellence that brings our country to even greater heights. In PLDT, our goal is to have no learner left behind. We are privileged to be a part of Ateneo’s magis culture – a partnership forged to go above and beyond; and always more,” said PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V Pangilinan.
Recognizing the Ateneo’s pursuits of academic excellence in the fields of Computer Science and Management Information Systems, the Professorial Chair grant was given to assist the University in carrying out its objectives and maintaining various activities and projects. The PLDT Professorial Chair in Computer Science was established on June 11, 1999 by the then-PLDT Foundation Inc.