University Research – Innovation and Social Engagement Center


A flagship research-intensive center broadly enabling discovery and innovation in pursuit of excellence across disciplines to benefit UDM, the City of Manila, and beyond.


URISE is dedicated to creativity and innovation in knowledge advancement through alignment of its scholarly endeavors towards education 4.0.  It strives to lead high-quality diverse research programs, publications, training and development, and data translation into social benefits with the unified contributions and efforts of faculty, staff, and students demonstrating professional capability and expertise across all programs.

Core Values













  • Advancing knowledge that has academic relevance for sustainable development in education.
  • Promoting innovation and high-impact research engaging both stakeholders and industry partners for the benefit of the City of Manila and the nation.
  • Improving educational practice through Evidence-Based – Practice (EBP).


  1. To build a reputation for quality research and innovation that addresses academic and societal challenges while empowering the University’s scientific community.
  2. Provide strong leadership, governance, and policy for research and extension to support academics through innovative-producing education.
  3. Nurture creativity and creative minds while fostering a research culture of excellence to reshape and reposition UDM.
  4. Become the venue for intellectual discourse and hub for research educational innovations.
  5. Map unique strengths of UDM and its scientific community to form the framework unique for each discipline as well as for cross-disciplinary efforts.
  6. Promote a multidisciplinary research approach within and outside the University to create a wider perspective on inventive solutions to problems.
  7. Develop research capability through developmental activities, coaching, and mentorship programs through the sharing of research expertise.
  8. Increase the number of peer-reviewed research projects with a spectrum of themes across all disciplines to reflect a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  9. Publish high-quality research ensured by rigorous peer review and other creative works of students, faculty, and non-teaching personnel to promote a free exchange of knowledge.
  10. Award funding or financial assistance in the form of grant-in-aid, specialty grant, and thesis/dissertation grant.
  11. Enhance educational practice through the utilization of scientific and technological breakthroughs as well as policy-oriented research outputs.
  12. Collaborate to create scholarly networks and partnerships encompassing both national and international presence for expertise sharing and exchange of cutting-edge research trends.
  13. Recruit the best talents for the Research Team, cultivating a creative environment in which people are empowered to think outside the box and ingeniously imaginative.
  14. Develop critical infrastructure and technologies to support research priorities and extension programs with sustainable impact across leadership and governance, policy, education, health, economics, technology, security, and environment geared to benefit UDM and the lives of all
  15. Recognize milestones and achievements, through a reward system, of research champions, faculty, students, and the scientific community of the university in general.

Universidad De Manila Research Agenda

The Universidad De Manila (UDM), a local University of the City of Manila established pursuant to Ordinance No. 7885 initially known as the City College of Manila and now UDM with the passage of the City Ordinance No.8120 is driven to make a difference through Research and Development by generating projects that have societal impact. The university acknowledges research as a critical pillar of the University’s ultimate functions apart from high-quality instruction and social engagement.

The Universidad De Manila – Research Agenda 2021-2026 will guide the university’s research endeavors and stakeholders in their Research and Development activities over the next five years. This is founded based on the extensive engagement and consultation from university leaders, outstanding expertise of university stakeholders, and program offerings that are aligned with the country’s national research agenda as defined by concerned agencies such as the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

This agenda prepares the university towards research excellence and positions UDM as a premier research center making important contributions to the City of Manila and society. The plan recognizes the university’s research strengths and identifies priorities and associated objectives for enhancing and leveraging the finest of UDM research into practical applications in the field of academics and practice while putting a premium to the best interest of our stakeholders and industry partners.

The University seeks to create a culture and environment that fosters and rewards creativity and innovation, provide leadership and support for campus-wide research development and productivity, advocate for capacity building as well as designing of a dynamic and relevant curriculum that vitally reflects research and development in general. These goals are geared to create solutions to local challenges with the global impact posed by emerging developments in education and technology. It will also open doors for more robust partnerships and opportunities for research and other significant academic areas that will ultimately increase the competitive edge of the university.


The advent of the educational revolution in the 21st century made research a university function to advance knowledge and discovery in academia. Research by universities remains a prime source of knowledge and innovation. It continues to be the basis for sustainable development in today’s highly technological milieu. As a result, a great number of higher educational institutions faced the dual challenge of training highly skilled human capital to get involved in research while ensuring adequate investment in high–level research and pursuing reforms to build education systems with quality teaching and research.

Universidad de Manila (UDM) is no exemption. It has to overcome the same challenges to survive in a fast-changing educational and technological landscape. The University Research -Innovation and Social Engagement Center has to act promptly to keep abreast with the demands of Education 4.0 and industry 4.0, which is innovative-producing education responsive to the global knowledge economy as a whole.

The goal of institutionalizing the research agenda is to respond to the standards of research in academia by promoting excellence-driven research culture and environment, enhancing research capability and productivity, initiating quality publications, and developing collaborative networks.

The CHED Memorandum Order (CMO Number 46 Series of 2012) also stipulates the Policy Standard to Enhance Quality Assurance in Philippine Higher Education through an Outcomes-based and Typology – based QA by providing the five key areas of an assessment framework for institutional performance including governance and management; quality of teaching and learning; quality of professional exposure, research, and creative work; student support and community relations. The compliance of UDM is crucial for its recognition as a Higher Education Institution (HEI) by the CHED. Under the National Higher Education Research Agenda 2 (NHERA), research is one of the major functions of higher educational institutions, hence, the university is mandated to institutionalize the development and implementation of a research framework and agenda. The CHED is authorized to monitor and evaluate compliance of these programs of HEI’s including LUC’s for incentives with the imposition of sanctions if necessary.
Ultimately, research as an academic dictum engages UDM to institutionalize research and other creative activities to foster scholarly, relevant, and sustainable research works through generation, protection, dissemination, and knowledge application because these are integral to the substantial intellectual, technological, health, social, environmental, cultural, and economic contributions a university offers to society.

Research Agenda

1. Accelerating Human Potentials for Impact
2. Safety, Security, and Justice
3. Science and Emerging Technologies
4. Responsive Health Systems
5. Education and Industry Training
6. Business and Economic Advancement
7. Public Governance and Policy Development
8. Environmental Management and Disaster Risk Reduction
9. Manila Heritage, Culture and the Arts
10. Gender and Development Studies

The Universidad De Manila Research Thrusts and Priorities (2021-2026)

The University Research Agenda, with its interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary thrusts and priorities, is oriented around academic and social development. Its thrusts and priorities are anchored in the country’s long-term vision – Ambisyon Natin 2040, the country’s long-term development Agenda 2030, in conjunction with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and coined under the CHED NHERA 1 and 2, NHURA and NIBRA.
The UDM Research Thrusts and Priorities (2021-2026) have been developed with input from its stakeholders, particularly faculty and students, and in response to the needs of communities and partner industries.

The following are the University’s priority inter-disciplinary research programs:
• Criminal Justice
• Health
• Education
• Engineering and Technology
• Arts and Sciences
• Business, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship
• Public Management and Governance
• Law