Calamba, Laguna—Miriam College marks a new chapter in its rich and colorful 85-year history with the soft launch held May 9, 2012 of its second campus in Nuvali—slated to open in 2014. Nuvali is Ayala Land Inc.’s 1840-hectare eco-city development in Santa Rosa and Canlubang, Calamba, Laguna,
On a 15-hectare property in Nuvali, Miriam College will build a co-educational campus to cater to a larger and more diverse sector of society. “Miriam College will embark on a new and broader expression of its vision and mission. We want to provide our unique brand of holistic education to the emerging markets in the south,” says Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus.
The establishment of Miriam College-Nuvali is a result of a rigorous process of research, consultation and careful deliberation that started as early as 2006, involving the whole Miriam College community. Comprehensive studies, focus group discussions and consultations with various sectors and the potential market helped determine demand for a Miriam College education as well as the feasibility and sustainability of putting up a second campus in Laguna.
Of the many locations considered, Ayala Land’s Nuvali project was chosen because of its proximity to the Quezon City campus, the rapid economic growth in the area and, more importantly, the consistent values and philosophy it shares with Miriam College on many aspects: sustainability, community development and environmental advocacy.
With its shared values and philosophy, Nuvali and Miriam College see an empowering partnership that can better impact communities in the area. “We can be partners in imparting the philosophy of balance, nurturing young minds and teaching the importance of community and environment through Miriam College’s excellent academic programs infused with Christian values. Each complements the other by believing that the ‘integrity of creation’, which is one of Miriam College’s core values, is the key to this partnership,” says Aniceto V. Bisnar, Jr., General Manager of NUVALI
For its second campus, Miriam College will not only bring the same academic standards enjoyed by its Quezon City campus but introduce new and innovative programs combining real and virtual learning tools. “We intend to look into a new pedagogy, to develop exciting programs that will prepare young girls and boys for the 21st century world we live in—global, digital, fast-paced, complex and change-oriented,” adds Dr. Lapus.
To benefit the community are Miriam College’s social programs that include the Miriam Adult Education or MAE, its night school for out-of-school youth and its advocacy in the areas of peace, women, environment, teacher-training and community involvement. “With the help of MAE, members of the community will be able to learn basic life-skills, technical knowledge and values to help them improve their lives and eventually, their social status. Similarly, Nuvali has its own livelihood and training programs, providing opportunities to hundreds of people from the communities. Sustainable products such as special paving blocks, hollow blocks, baskets and bags using recycled paper are being used and promoted by Nuvali,” says John Estacio, Nuvali Operations Manager
Miriam College-Nuvali is covered by a 10-year development plan starting with the Basic Education pre-school, grade school (Grades 1-2) and high school (1st-2nd Year). The Higher Education unit is scheduled to begin on the 5th year (2019). Construction will be in phases with special emphasis on an environmentally-sustainable school that is at the same time safe, student-friendly and conducive to living and learning. A 50-50 percentage will be devoted to structures and open spaces; building designs will adapt to the existing terrain, climate, and environment; and sustainable energy sources will be utilized.
As it explores new horizons on its 85th year, Miriam College draws inspiration from the pioneering spirit of its Maryknoll founders, who, armed with courage and deep faith, established the school in 1926. “We remain rooted in the legacy our founders have left as we break new grounds and face new challenges in our mission to form leaders in service for the 21st century,” concludes Dr. Lapus.