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UE gets an All-iMac Classroom




This photo might not be believable 5 years ago but more and more schools and universities are switching to Macs in their classroom — this one was shot in one of the classrooms of the University of the East.

This one could be for a multimedia class (I am told by one student there that it’s for mixed-use and usually for the Java programming class. I think this is an old photo from a year ago.

I’m sure a lot of Philippine schools (especially La Salle, Benilde and Ateneo) have classrooms like these for a year or two now but every time I see one, I just can’t help but be amazed. During my college years as a computer engineering student, we only had an IBM PC clone 486-DX4 100MHz (and we still had to share them!).

And to think that most public schools in the country lack enough classrooms, books and desks, it’s ironic that we get to see the other end of that spectrum.

I also hear this is one way to attract new incoming students. Now that’s a truly Apple-inspired marketing campaign.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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75 Responses

  1. Reanzer says:

    You should also research and post about UPLB’s “Mac” classrooms, considering that you UP has barely enough budget to improve its classroom,teaching apparatus or its teachers’ salaries.

    • wiel says:

      You’re absolutely right! The lecture halls, and some lecture rooms (as in CEM 103), where large classes of ~200 students have an iMac on them. I know because I have classes on those rooms. Just great. :|

  2. HiERARCH says:

    yeah, a nation of contrast. glad to see these institutions setting a trend, an apparent affirmation that the country is somehow economically improving

  3. allan says:

    We also have one at Malayan Colleges Laguna and it was there since it started in 2007. :)

  4. a says:

    how about dlsu-csb having a classroom full of iMac G3

  5. Jaypee says:

    in AMA makati also have a “MAC-lab” :D

  6. richard sebastian says:

    i dont think macs are advisable for engineering students though

  7. JmBalicano says:

    I graduated a year before this course began its existence. Would’ve taken it up as an elective if I had the opportunity. Alas, I graduated on time :P

  8. rbsoriano says:

    In University of Pangasinan, we have 1 Mac Lab with 50 units of iMac, I don’t know what’s the configuration of the units though.

  9. Linux tsukai says:

    It’s a sign of progress. The irony is we are ten steps behind other major colleges and universities in asia. Having an i-mac is not necessarily a good thing and a good buy. If only schools started building their computer from scratch, buy parts at a factory price and assemble with their own workforce, who knows how much they could save (with better hardware and specs and price)than buying a ready made Mac. They could also include a logo of their school in it as a trademark and that would be great.

    • Ben says:

      Building computers in businesses (or any form of institution) is not the same as building computers for personal use. If they purchased a bunch of hardware from a vendor, they’ll be offered with a service contract similar to service contracts given to enterprises. That is why you see Dells, Lenovo’s, HPs and IBMs on most universities and other educational institutions.

      They save much more in the later years with the post sales support that’s packaged with the purchase, than by investing on a “deeper” inhouse IT department.

      Other than that, they also don’t need to research on viable hardware in the future since the sales department of the vendor will likely up-sell their current hardware.

    • Linux_tsukai says:

      I know clearly what Ben is trying to say. And I won’t dispute that under the present conditions. There is indeed a huge difference when building a computer for personal use and building something for an entire institution. I also agree that with your point about contracts and benefits of future upgrades. But that is looking only at a viewpoint of a salesman and that of a costumer who wants a hassle-free transaction. It is perhaps the reason why the Philippines is steps behind other nation.

      If you have been to India, some universities (particularly in Andhra) contract vendors for parts alone. They then assemble them according to their level of use. High-end specs for High demanding applications while just basic specs for low demanding ones. This way they just hand down the higher end spec every two or three years and dispose the lower spec computers back to the vendors for 20-50percent off their next purchase by volume. All parts are under warranty so they just have them replaced if proved defective. Students and teachers are trained to maintain and do the upgrades themselves (BIOS, firmwares, drivers, softwares, etc). The use of Linux free distributions also allows them to costumize almost everything about the system the build! The beauty of it is the government is fully supportive of this alternative style and cost-effective way of learning that they are given incentives and priority. Well you know the difference in our country.

      P.S. I Love how they put their heart into it and I just know how good it is to use something you build yourself. And imagine your school logo on it!

  10. Dan says:

    Visit Xavier School. They have these Mac Labs :)

  11. Ben says:

    Expensive hardware isn’t uncommon for schools that you pay for a premium. I’d be more surprised on government institutions using iMacs (which they do FYI)

    And since the multimedia industry prefers Apple products in their offices, wouldn’t you also want the same experience as a student?

  12. avchix says:

    Ha ha! I’m sure this is just an specialized class but with this type of marketing ploy it’s no wonder apple sales are up.
    But really who in the right (business wise)frame of mind would prefer a mac over pc?
    With mac you don’t have any choice and you will be paying a premium for their product,
    with a pc its not just Windowsâ„¢
    There are other free os out there.
    Ubuntu is one.

    • Ben says:

      Offices of Behringer, Summit media, Blizzard, etc. Alot of multimedia companies integrate Macs onto their offices.

      Just walk into one of their offices and you’ll see.

  13. Num Lock says:

    This is good but remember, these days it is more important to have faster net connection and choice of software at an affordable price.

  14. thejorlanb says:

    This is just for “multimedia” classes only. For programming and engineering purposes, this would suck.

    • DJ says:

      I disagree. Mac OS X is a fully-certified Unix operating system, making it surprisingly compatible with Linux and other operating systems traditionally associated as being ‘software developer-friendly’. If you’re a serious programming/computer science student, the choice of hardware and operating system will usually be of little consequence, unless of course you’re intentionally trying to familiarize yourself with specific platforms.

      Besides, remember that Apple’s iOS platform is one of the most lucrative environments that developers can work in these days.

  15. john says:

    they should have known better putting in mac so kids wont play games on PC I bet if their engineering students are smart enough they will deploy PC with Linux OS

  16. MarionCast says:

    Wow. “IBM PC clone” — didn’t know one could pirate computers back then!

  17. Faust says:

    Truly I can’t believe in my eyes seeing this one, I’ve seen this around in Facebook and is indeed true, how I wish we had this one in public schools. *cough hard*

  18. Iyan Sommerset says:

    WTF? IMHO, we should be using more freaking *Linux* classrooms. Ubuntu or Edubuntu!

  19. BIBImint says:

    waah goodluck to all the parents whos paying the tuition fees with this upgrade on all computer natured subjects and courses.

  20. edmar6969 says:

    nag pe-facebook lang ang mga yan… :-)

  21. Kyle says:

    I’d be partially fine if these were for media arts students, but for Java programming? Seriously? The Mac keyboard is terrible for programming, and having to use a virtualized Windows can be even more confusing to newbies.

  22. booboo says:

    bakit may special article dito for UE? taga-UE na si yuga? at may especially pa yung mga elitist schools like Areneoh, Lasawle, and Beneerd. marami na may ganyan, even the public ones.

    • UEGrad says:

      Booboo ka talaga. Hindi special article ito. Regular article lang katulad ng ibang sulat dito. Siguro yung mga special articles yung may malalaking pictures sa taas palagi yung mga reviews. Magbasa ka naman.

  23. SoundMagic says:

    I rarely see a non marketing/advertising/media arts company using Macs.

    Ive been in 6 big companies already and there is no sign of a Mac being used.

    Seriously, there are a lot of things you can do more in Windows/Linux than OSX. For serious stuff, use a windows/linux… for ease of use/out of the box usage.. use Macs… plain and simple…

  24. Ajjie says:

    UST is also on Macs.

  25. Carl says:

    wala akong masabi.
    clone pc dn noong kapanahunan q.
    in the end, nasa student pa rin naman yan. :D

  26. Demetreo says:

    Whatever! Kahit Mac pa yan, wala pa ring binatbat ang quality ng education sa UE compared mo sa Big 3 (UP, Ateneo, DLSU) no! It’s all part of some marketing ploy to attract students. If it were me (and I’m glad I chose it), I’d rather be in a school with great facilities and excellent educational offerings.

    • christian says:

      Mr. Demetreo your comment is quite unfair. Why? First, the image at the left is not competing nor arguing the quality of “Big 3”. Citing the three schools only served as basis of quality (for which we know, they have established their prestige). Second, If the post is intended for marketing the school, then what is wrong with that? In fact, even these “Big 3” are also conducting a STS (school-to-school) marketing program.

    • alainL says:

      I didn’t know UP was conducting marketing campaigns. That would be idiotic. Walang budget ang UP. Lol

    • anonymous says:

      very well said demetreo agree ako sa sinabi mo, one more thing ang UE walang kwenta gaya nyan nag papasikat lang na kaya nila sumabay sa mga bagong technology ,but ung mga student nila hindi nila iniisip ,facilities bulok,man power service nila bulok din ,security lalo na kht mag dala pa ata ako ng knife eh makakapasok lang ako, at ang isa pang kinaiinisan ko eh ung mga prof na akala ko ka galing galing mag turo hindi naman lahat na ituturo tapos mag papa exam kuno kayo na NEVER NYO NAMAN NAITURO SA STUDENT!!! BIG FAIL TALAGA ANG UE walang kwenta puro porma !!

    • MR.CHRISTIAN NABASA KO NA YANG COMMENT MO NA IYAN SA PAGE NYO AT ANG MASASABI KO LANG AYUS AYUSIN NYO ANG PAG TUTURO NYO SA ESTUDYANTE NYO PURO KAYO KAYABANGAN, MAY MAC NGA PERO HINDI NAMAN LAHAT NG SUBJECT NA DAPAT AY SA MAC EH HINDI NAGAGAMIT GAYA NG PHOTOSHOP WHICH IS SA BULOK NA COMPUTER PARIN KAME GUMAGAMIT ,ISA PA PINAGAGAWA NYO NG THESIS ANG ESTUDYANTE PERO KAYONG MGA PROF HINDI NAG TURO KUNG PAANO GUMAWA NG SYSTEM PURO BASIC NA LANG BA? ABA NAG BABAYAD KAME PARA TURUAN NIYO HINDI PARA MAG TANUNG TANUNG LANG KAME KUNG KANI KANINO WALANG KWENTA TALAGA SA UE WAG NA KAYO MAG ARAL DIYAN SAYANG LANG PERA NIYO BULOK NA FACILITIES AT SERVICE’S PATI EDUCATION BULOK NAKIKIPAG PLASTIKAN LANG KASI KAYO SA MGA ACCREDITORS KAYA TUMATAAS ANG CCSS PERO SA TOTOO LANG BULOK ANG SYSTEMA WALANG KWENTA MAG TURO KAYO NG MAAYOS !!! ANG MAHAL NG TUITION FEE AH PERO UNG BINABAYARAN NAMIN SA FACILITIES HINDI LAHAT NA KUKUHA

    • Will says:

      ‘PAMANTASANngSILANGAN’ hindi na tayu elementary pra turuan tayo palage, kaya nga college sariling sikap din. pano ka matututo kung umaaasa ka lng lage sa PROF. kaya nga thesis kelangan ntn gumawa ng para sa sarili ntn.

    • Mr. Nicolas says:

      First, we are comparing Computer Studies here faggots. UE is the best school in computer studies in manila for your information. What’s the basis? Visit the website of PAASCU (I doubt if you guys know the meaning of PAASCU)

      Second, it’s not about the school but the students. They have better facilities because they have BETTER tuition fees. UP, DLSU and ATENEO are founded not only as Educational Institutions but also as Research Facilities so they have better quality education in general.

      Third, the MAC is for the new course of the university. It is called BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ENTERTAINMENT MAJOR IN GAME DEVELOPMENT.

      Fourth, Saan ba kayong school galing at kung makalait kayo? As if you guys are from Ateneo, UP or DLSU. We from DLSU are trained to be humble and I our brothers from ATENEO as well. No student or alumni of these schools will engage in this petty talk. Wag po kayong mag feeling. :)

      If education is expensive, try ignorance.
      I’m an alumni of UE and studying my Master’s Degree at DLSU.

    • Mr. Nicolas says:

      First, we are comparing Computer Studies here faggots. UE is the best school in computer studies in manila for your information. What’s the basis? Visit the website of PAASCU (I doubt if you guys know the meaning of PAASCU)

      Second, it’s not about the school but the students. They have better facilities because they have BETTER tuition fees. UP, DLSU and ATENEO are founded not only as Educational Institutions but also as Research Facilities so they have better quality education in general.

      Third, the MAC is for the new course of the university. It is called BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ENTERTAINMENT MAJOR IN GAME DEVELOPMENT.

      Fourth, Saan ba kayong school galing at kung makalait kayo? As if you guys are from Ateneo, UP or DLSU. We from DLSU are trained to be humble and I our brothers from ATENEO as well. No student or alumni of these schools will engage in this petty talk. Wag po kayong mag feeling. :)

      If education is expensive, try ignorance.
      I’m an alumni of UE and studying my Master’s Degree at DLSU..

  27. armand says:

    Mr. Demetreo. ingat ingat naman sa snasabe. Wala naman sa BIG3 yan, nsa estudyante na un. Tsaka kung walang quality ang UE di dpat di sya pasok sa top10 :)

  28. 10th Squad Captain says:

    U MAD DEMETREO? Analyze the capabilities of computer studies in UE first.

  29. neojohan says:

    Mas ok sana kung LINUX na lang.

  30. askdaj says:

    Masyado namang violent reaction, sino ba ang nagsabi na puro mac lang ang gagamitin ng mga student? FYI we are also using other platforms and operating systems, binili ung mac para maging mas malawak ung kaalaman ng mga estudyante when it comes to other operating systems and other environments than windows.

  31. jabet says:

    yabang ng Demetreo ah! remember ex-pres.GMA is from Ateneo and she’s the most corrupt we ever had. ang di ko lang maintindihan sa La Salle at Ateneo ay kung bakit ang mahal-mahal ng tuition gayong dala-dala nila pangalan ng Diyos. Isn’t that un-christian? UE has given the underprivileged a chance for a quality education!

    • alainL says:

      Underprivileged? Di ba mahal din tuition sa UE. Lol. UP po ang nagbibigay ng quality education sa mga deserving na underprivileged.

    • Name: says:

      fyi Mr.Alain, compared sa ibang state universities, mahal din ang tuition sa UP. Hindi lahat ng magagaling nakakapasok sa UP dahil hindi lahat may kakayahang mag-aral dun financially speaking.

  32. daniel says:

    dapat ung mga Computer Engineering, CS at IT students pinag-assemble ng PC, hindi ung bibili ng walang kwentang computer… para may experience ung mga student… hindi naman upgradeable at cost-effective yan eh. katamaran ata yan :) hindi naman pwede i-repair..

  33. oo says:

    Nice. I believe only engineering students in UP get to have the Macs on top of the Win 7 PCs. Others are on Win 7 or Linux based OS.

  34. anonymous says:

    dyan magaling ang ue mag pasikat puro bili ng bili ng kung ano ano pero ung facilities service’s eh walang ka kwenta kwenta kaya nag sisisi talaga ako at bakit pa ako nag titiyaga sa ue na yan

    • UE HATERS XD says:

      taga ue ka rin ba classmate ? tama ka! wala naman yung mac nila display lang hindi naman lagi nagagamit hahaha.

  35. alainL says:

    Why do I look at the pic and think: DRONES.

  36. Tek_ph says:

    DLSU-CSB already maintains a Mac lab since more than 10 yrs ago used primarily for Multimedia arts purpose e.g. Video editing, photoshop, Illustrator etc.

    Though I am somewhat against schools using Macs outside of those Media functions as it does not teach them real world computing disciplines e.g. PC assembly, troubleshooting, experience on compiling apps on Unix & etc.

    In the real corporate world Macs are next to being useless machines unless you are on a design related firm

  37. Wakocoke says:

    LOL bakit mac yung ginagamit sa programming!?

    Y U NO WINDOWS?

    or baka multimedia arts yung course ng mga yan

    • Error404 says:

      at bakit nman ndi? kung ako papipiliin MAC gagamitin ko sa programming, kahit ilan software pa install mo sa MAC ganun pa rin ang performance unlike sa windows sa umpisa lang mabilis.(at mas pipiliin ko pa linux kesa windows)

      FYI: Facebook engineers MAC lahat gamit.

  38. PS Vita says:

    Wow… It’s so nice to see a school using an high-end technology…

  39. Marketting SHam says:

    It’s just another excuse to be more expensive. Just like mac.

  40. amang says:

    dapat mag invest narin ang mga ibang schools sa ganitong technology. UP ba meron ng MAC laboratory? or puro opensource lang?

    • anonymous says:

      hay nako mag iinvest nga tapos anu? payabang na kaya ng school na iyon na bumili ng ganyan nako service’s at standard muna ayusin nila bago mag pa yabang ng ganyan

    • JM says:

      Ewan ko kung meron na sa Com Sci, pero sa Engg Lib may iMacs sa computing facility/learning commons. Mixed-use.

  41. Clare says:

    Foundation University in Dumaguete has been an all iMac university almost 5 years ago already. In fact, their HS dept has been on paperless education since 2009. They use iPads.

  42. anony says:

    Sa mga nanglalait sa UE at nagsisisi na nag aral kayu duon. bka naman ksi mahihina tlga kayo kaya d kayo natuto sa UE? haha

    • nene03 says:

      I like what you said.. haha… I have known lots of people who graduated from UE.. and they are all successful.. and I am one of them.. It depends on the person.. look at those people who have blatant disregard to UE, they see their cup half empty, half full. Those are the people who have long on complaints, but short on solutions. – not a real warrior..:P

    • nene03 says:

      I like what you said.. haha… I have known lots of people who graduated from UE.. and they are all successful.. and I am one of them.. It depends on the person.. look at those people who have blatant disregard to UE, they see their cups half empty, half full. Those are the people who have long on complaints, but short on solutions. – not a real warrior..:P

  43. mac says:

    Lyceum University already had this iMac Lab 3 years ago and still running.

  44. erickkk says:

    Should be LINUX. I don’t find any reasons for using MAC other than FAD

  45. ompet says:

    year 2010 dati nang mga branded pc ginagamit ng ue. dell and ibm pc..

  46. Rose says:

    Dipende nmn un sa kaalaman ng tao ^_^
    pag-isipan nyo muna ang mga snasbi nyo bago kau mag-post…ee bka malay nyo, mas magaling pa ang ibng estudyante sa ue kesa sa inyo =)) kya wlng bnibigay na biyaya sa inyo ang diyos ee,puro kainggitan ang binibigay nyo sa kapwa nyo,ee alm nyo nmn na biyaya na ng diyos sakanila un ^_^

  47. Rica says:

    Hindi ko alam kung bakit ang negative niyo masyado. Diba sabi sa article na multimedia class ang gumagamit nito? Wag niyo sabihing walang kwenta to. Kung kayo ay nasa class na yon and bulok yung computer na gamit mo, I’m positive that you would want something better. Kahit anong course ka pa. Gugustuhin mo yung best facilities sa pag-aaral mo. Ganyan ang reactions niyo kasi hindi kayo yung gagamit. Imagine how happy the students who will use these are. Because they don’t need to work with trashy computers anymore.

    We always complain for better equipments and now that it has been given, still we complain.

    Sa mga UE students na nagrereklamo, think about it. Siguro nauna lang sila. And baka kayo na yung sumunod na bigyan ng magandang kagamitan.

    Let’s not argue anymore.

  48. Codecifer says:

    I am very proud to say that the remote area in Palawan specifically Rio Tuba will be having a Computer Laboratory equipped with IMac. LSVMS is an integrated school with elementary and High School only.

  49. anonymousshit says:

    Tangina bulok naman talaga lalo na yung mga prof, pakshet 2013 ako nag computer aided design, fine arts ako, hanggang noon puro makakapal pa yung mga monitors nito lang napalitan! ang mas malala pa, yung prof na nagtuturo, walang alam sa photoshop puro basic lang, di pa ata marunong magmasking yung putangnang sipsip sa faculty na yon eh. at di lang yon, uso tag team among profs lalo na pag di ka nila trip.. masaya lang hahaha pota

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