MANILA, Philippines - Filipino-owned MINT College, the first college to offer free iPads to its students, will open a new facility in San Francisco, California next year.
The new facility in San Francisco will be opened in 2013. It will have a Silicon Valley startup-like atmosphere with sound studio, gaming room, internet radio station, Maclab and cafe.
MINT College has also partnered with Foothill College in Silicon Valley to offer co-branded programs in business, arts and technology. This partnership is expected to provide its colleges with an opportunity to collaborate with innovative technology and design companies.
"Being able to give our students the opportunity to work on real world projects as early as their first year at MINT is part of our overall philosophy of integrating theory and practice early on and ensuring a seamless transition into the real world," Bal Endriga, MINT College President, said in a statement.
MINT College is also offering iOS Application courses.
"At a time when corporations were still trying to figure out how to develop iOS apps, MINT was already teaching it as a course from a beginner’s level all the way to advanced programming," he said.
"In today’s fast-paced environment, it behooves all schools to be able to adapt to the latest and relevant technologies, as this will provide students with much needed advantages when looking for employment in a highly demanding and competitive global market."
MINT College is based in San Francisco but has a campus in Manila. It will open in China in 2014.
It offers both undergraduate degrees and professional courses in design, film, music, entrepreneurship, game design, information technology and computer science.