Research Programs

The following research programs, with built-in dynamics of flexibility, will serve as a guide in the formulation of research proposals and the basis of approving research support by the University. The Research Thrusts and Priorities (2021-2026) are coined within the agenda and shall be periodically updated when new research directions and opportunities emerge.

  • Accelerate Human Capital Development. The digitalization and automation brought by the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, will have a long-term evolutionary effect on occupations and job profiles, changes in employment forms, and a greater role for the current knowledge economy. This research program’s objective is to conduct empirical studies that will capacitate human resources to this new era of disruption. Additionally, the program emphasizes achieving educational objectives, acquiring necessary 21st-century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, computing and ICT skills, collaboration, communication, and cross-cultural understanding.
  • Innovation Stimulation and Technology Adoption. Advancing science, technology, and innovation (STI) by increasing the use of scientific and technological breakthroughs to institutionalize knowledge advancement in engineering, health, business, education, criminal justice, social welfare, government, and other areas. This research program is focused on promoting and accelerating the adoption of new technologies and on stimulating cutting-edge innovation towards sustainable development and impact.
  • Safe, Secure, and Peaceful Community. The twenty-first century is more complex, intricate, and technologically dependent than any previous century. A safe community embraces a methodology and infrastructure that encourages collaboration among all community sectors to safeguard citizens’ well-being and property. This research program aims to generate studies, research, and possibly even technologies and processes that will improve safety, risk management, and overall peace and community engagement.
  • Clean and Healthy Environment. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development emphasizes the critical connections between development, the environment, human well-being, and full enjoyment of a broad range of human rights, including the rights to life, health, food, water, and sanitation. This research program focuses on studies and researchers that examine the relationships between environmental quality and human health and well-being. Additionally, it will address the broader drivers of these connections, such as inequality, unplanned urbanization, migration, unhealthy and wasteful lifestyles, and unsustainable consumption and production patterns.
  • Effective and Efficient Governance. Effective and efficient governance is critical to the well-being of any country. Governance is the exercise of political, economic, administrative, or other authority or power to manage a country’s resources and affairs. This research program examines the mechanisms, processes, and institutions by which citizens and groups express their interests, exercise their legal rights, fulfill their obligations, and resolve their conflicts. Additionally, the program emphasizes empirical evidence of effective and efficient governance concerning the functioning of the public sector, emphasizing accountability and oversight. It is concerned with the public sector’s performance in terms of the link between policy and implementation. It establishes a framework within which the public can debate the role of government in resolving public issues and other stakeholders’ roles.
  • Promotion of Philippine Culture, Heritage, and Values. Enhancing the social fabric entails increasing cultural awareness, identifying and instilling values for the common good, cultivating creativity, and incorporating cultural sensitivity into governance and development efforts. This research program focuses on preserving Manila City’s intangible cultural heritage, increasing public access to cultural resources, preserving living traditions, and promoting the corpus of Filipino values.
  • Gender Sensitivity and Equality. This research program supports the Magna Carta of Women (Republic Act No. 9710) which promotes gender and development towards a participatory and empowering process, equitable, sustainable, free from violence, respectful of human rights, supportive of self-determination, and actualization of human potentials. The fundamental value of gender equality should be reflected in the development of research studies and knowledge exploration where women are viewed as active agents of development in academia and society in general.

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