Food franchise in the Philippines is not the only big thing. Education is equally important. In a third world country, like the Philippines, quality and affordable education is the most sought after necessity after food. AMA Computer Learning Center Franchise stands tall when it comes to franchise – able business. And you can get your hands into the education industry.
With poverty being rampant in the Philippines, most parents could no longer afford to send their sons and daughters to college which results to many undergraduates that find it difficult to find jobs. Seeing this demand Dr. Amable R. Aguiluz V decided to found AMA Institute which was named after the initials of his father Amable Mendoza Aguiluz. The institute focused on Computer related courses because at that time there was no institution in the country that was willing to offer computer education to professionals. Since the institute focuses and aims to provide good quality computer education, they made a unique curriculum which enables each student to be stationed to one computer for optimum learning purposes. Dr. Amable R. Aguiluz opened the first school along Shaw Boulevard on October 20, 1980. At that time AMA Instute of Computer Studies offered short-term courses such as Electronic Data Processing Fundamentals, Basic Programming, and Technology Career. Although they only aimed to help their fellowmen, their good intentions were doubted to the point that only two students enrolled during the first semester but being determined not to give up they pushed through and endured hardships just to prove that they only want to provide good quality education at an affordable rate.
Just after a year from their debut, AMA Institute became AMA Computer College in June 1981, it then offered a full four-year course of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. At that time student population quickly rose from 600 during 1983 to 2,000 in 1985 in their first official campus which was located in Makati City. Aiming to quench the yet again growing demand for quality education, they established their main campus in Quezon City and later on two provincial campuses in Cebu and Davao City.
A few years later AMA Computer College then underwent a drastic change due to the passage of Philippines Higher Education Act of 1994 which deregulated academic fees of privately owned educational institutions. Using this to their advantage, they opted for a tuition fee increase and used the money to fund marketing and advertising campaigns to solve their low student population. Such campaigns included Television Commercial Advertisements of famous personalities. Seeing that this strategy was effective, profit oriented schools like AMA Computer College started to grow in the Philippines and competition grew more and more.
Another great innovation was made in 1986 when AMA Computer Learning Center or ACLC and AMA Telecommunication & Electronic Learning Center came to be. AMA Telecommunication & Electronic Learning Center offers short-course programs and two-year technical/vocational courses for those who wish to acquire employment skills which are quite in demand abroad. They were the first school in the Philippines to focus of telecommunication, electronics, and other related technologies.
Perhaps another great accomplishment of AMA was to be the first school in the Philippines to fully integrate the Internet to their curriculum. Bearing great technological achievements and knowledge they were able to connect all major AMA Colleges throughout the Philippines by a specialized Local Area Network which made them a nationwide school system in which they were the first to achieve. AMA being an international entity was also able to held teleconference between their high school students and another high school class in Canada by the year 1994.
During 1991, Dr. Aguiluz was able to gain full accreditation for AMA Computer College in the American League of Colleges and Universities in which no other Filipino and non-American school has been able to accomplish.
By the year 2001 AMA Computer College of Quezon City was finally acknowledged and granted the University status by the Philippine Government’s Commission on Higher Education or CHED, giving it another name of AMA Computer University. Two years after being a full pledged University, Carnegie Mellon University arranged a partnership with AMA to use its curriculum and courses through e-learning. ICarnegie was said to approach AMA’s biggest rival which was STI but they opted to stick with AMA. Mr. Allan Fisher, iCarnegie’s President and CEO said that “the academic relationship between STI and iCarnegie went well, the business side of the agreement did not go as planned though”.
Providing good quality education at an affordable rate can be done, AMA has proved that quality isn’t to be sacrified because of the lack of money. As of today AMA is known to give out plans which will enable those who can’t afford to pay expensive tuition fees to still finish their studies. Aiding those who are less fortunate and focusing on things that are really needed for their employment, AMA has decreased full four-year courses into 3 years and 1 semester which equates to less cost. But they don’t stop there because even after graduating, AMA makes sure that their graduates will land a job suitable and related to the course they’ve finished. AMA has been known internationally to provide highly trained, productive and skilled professionals to compete in the international market; they uphold the pride and standards of every AMA institute in the Philippines.
How much is the Total Investment needed to start my own AMA Computer College Franchise?
It varies depending on the final building size you want, although estimates would range from P4 million to P5 million.
What is the minimum area requirement for an AMA Computer College Franchise?
Floor area should be atleast 500 square meters for the school, and should have at least 30 computers.
What are the Fees to be paid before being able to have my own AMA Computer College Franchise?
Investment will cover the Franchise Fee, Leasehold, Improvement and equipment procurement.
How much is the Return on Investment? How long will it take me to get it back?
It will vary depending on how well your school performs. Although estimates of Return on Investment Recovery is two years.
Why should I invest on a School rather than any other Franchises out there?
School Businesses are less risky because they are not directly affected by economic crisis, and has the unique ability to grow further depending on how well you manage and operate it.
Contact Person: Ms. Josephine B. Legaspi
Contact No: 373-3901
Address: 59 Panay Ave. Q. C.
Target Franchise Area: Metro Manila , Visayas, Mindanao