CBRD Director Dr. Raymund Habaradas served as one of the facilitators of the Flagship Course on the Management of Research in SUCs, which was jointly sponsored by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP). He facilitated the session on “Pathways to Research Excellence: Building a Research Culture in SUCs” for the first batch of participants in Cebu City on June 3, 2013, and for the second batch in Antipolo City on September 30, 2013. Each batch included about 70 vice presidents / directors for research and research officers of state universities and colleges (SUCs) from different parts of the country.
Habaradas emphasized how building an organizational culture supportive of scholarly research takes time. He cited the experience of De La Salle University (DLSU), which took several decades to become a truly research-oriented university. Building a supportive culture for research, he said, requires an understanding of how key organizational dimensions interact with each other. He showed how DLSU, over the years, came up with clear goals and strategies, set up the appropriate organization structure, and invested in technology and resources that encouraged its faculty members to engage in both individual and collaborative research.
During the workshop, he asked the participants to share their experiences and the challenges they they face in promoting research in their respective schools. He asked each group to choose a university of one of their group members, and to prepare a ‘research pathway’ (i.e., to come up with proposed goals, strategies, structures, and resources) culminating in the year 2020. This exercise allowed them to generate preliminary inputs for the detailed Action Plan and Project (APP) that they are required to produce to successfully complete the flagship course.