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The Research Unit (RU) is the lead research centre in the University. It is mandated to nurture and sustain the culture of research vis-à-vis streamlining of research policies and procedures, capability development activities for university researchers and implementation of quality assurance measures for university research endeavour. The RU is under the supervision of the University President, through the Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension and International Affairs (OVPREIA). It is headed by the Research Director, Dr. Beverly B. Bicar, with the support of the Research Committee (RC), Research Ethics Committee (REC), the Asia Pacific Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences (APJSBS) Editorial Board and the faculty members of the different colleges in the university.

Bicar Beverly

Dr. Beverly B. Bicar
BukSU Research Director


Generate emergent breakthroughs in social and behavioural researches and other emerging trends in mathematics, science and technology, to improve the quality of life in society.

Strategic Goal

The goal of the RU is to produce research leaders who are able to initiate innovations in consonance with the mandates of the university.


General Objective:
The RU shall take the lead in the conduct of quality researches on the following fields: education, ecology and environment, socio-economic-political-cultural and mathematics, science and technology, as well as institutional researches.

Specific Objectives:
The RU shall strive to accomplish the following specific objectives:
1. To provide adequate support for faculty researchers
2. To enhance the research productivity of BukSU faculty and students
3. To increase the number of plantilla faculty and students who are engaged in research

University Research Agenda

The Research Agenda of the RU, as identified by the different colleges in the university, determine the kind of researches which the faculty can undertake. Research proposals are appraised based on their relevance to these focus areas. The research thrusts and priorities of BukSU are based on the research agenda of CHED, NHERA, NEDA, DOST-SEI and whenever applicable, other agencies where research occupies the depth and breadth of their activities. The university encourages researches that are multi-disciplinary and those that can benefit the neighbouring communities. The research agenda are clustered into the following broad disciplines:

I. Institutional
  • Programs/Curricular Assessment Studies on Higher Education Clusters of Disciplines, i.e. measures of impacts, transactions, processes, outputs and outcomes or results of programs/curricula
  • Policy Oriented Studies: Policy formulation, policy implementation and policy evaluation which focus on:
    • Economics of higher education
    • Financing of higher education
    • Governance and management of higher education
    • Human resource supply and demand
    • Institutional Accreditation Studies/Quality Assurance
    • Institution-building studies
    • Research Utilization Studies
  • Other Institution-related Studies
II. Education
  • Assessment in Teaching and Learning
  • Best Instructional Practices of the Different Colleges
  • Comparative Studies Related to Teaching and Learning
  • Educational Administration, Management and Supervision
  • English Language Teaching and Learning
  • Extension Projects Related to Education
  • Impact of Curriculum Reforms
  • Impact and Effectiveness Studies
  • Innovative and Integrative Teaching
  • Mathematics Teaching and Learning
  • Multidisciplinary Teacher Education Research
  • Outcomes-based Curriculum
  • Peace Education
  • Policy Formulation
  • Policy-Oriented Researches Focused on Quality and Excellence, Relevance and Responsiveness and Equity in Higher Education
  • Qualitative Studies Related to Teaching and Learning
  • Research Utilization Studies
  • R & D Researches (e.g. module construction, instructional materials development, designing trainings, designing curriculum)
  • Science Teaching and Learning
  • Sports Education
  • Strategies, Methods and Techniques in Teaching and Learning
  • Technological Inputs to Teacher Education
  • Other education-related problems/ topics including the DepEd Research Agenda
III. Health, Ecology and Environment
  • Biodiversity Studies
  • Community-based Studies on Survival
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
  • Effectiveness of Strategies, Methods and Techniques
  • Global Environment/Climate Change
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Herbal Medicines
  • Improvement of Crop Production
  • Medical Health Care
  • Policy-Oriented Researches Focused on Quality and Excellence, Relevance and Responsiveness and Equity in Higher Education
  • Population Dynamics
  • Protecting Water System
  • Researches Related to Ecology and Environment
  • Research Utilization Studies Related to Ecology and Environment
  • Studies on Pollution and Its Prevention
  • Sustainable Development and Environment
  • Other related topics/problems
IV. Socio-Economic-Political-Cultural (including Humanities and Communication)
  • Arts and Cultural Heritage
  • Brain Drain-related Studies
  • Cultural and Anthropological Studies
  • Ethnicity and Culture Studies
  • Filipino Values
  • Gender and Development Studies
  • Graft and Corruption in Government
  • Impact and Effectiveness Studies
  • Indigenous People’s Development
  • Local Governance and Management Studies
  • Morality in Media
  • Multidisciplinary Research on Philippine Literature, Arts and Sociology
  • Peace and Development Studies
  • Policy-Oriented Research on Humanities, Social Sciences, Communication, Business and Management and Governance
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Research Utilization Studies for Policy Implications and Formulation
  • Rural Development-related studies
  • Societal Problems on Violence, Rape, Incest, Homosexuality, etc.
  • Studies on Political Dilemmas
  • Studies Related to OFWs
  • Sustainable Development
  • Uplift of Women Workers
  • Urban Development and Social Housing
  • Women Empowerment
  • Other related topics/problems
V. Mathematics, Science and Technology
  • Attitudinal Studies
  • Artificial/Neural Networks
  • Assessment Tools and Techniques
  • Community-Related Studies (Development of Waste Disposal)
  • Effective Mathematics Instruction
  • Effectiveness and Impact Studies
  • Experimental Studies
  • Fractal Analysis
  • Graph Theory
  • ICT Related Studies (Computer-Aided Instruction)
  • Instructional Materials
  • Intervention Needs and Training Studies
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Multi-disciplinary Research Aimed to Advance the Frontiers of Mathematics and Science Mathematics
  • Product Development Studies in Food Technology
  • Research on the development of IT models and materials for the improvement of instructional and learning
  • Research Utilization Studies
  • Software Development
  • Social Research for the improvement of quality in education in the Institution
  • Studies and Researches
  • Studies on Animals, Insects, Plants, etc.
  • Technological Research for the Advancement of Philippine Information Technology
  • Technological Research for the Advancement of IT education in the institution
  • Use of Scientific Principles in Responding to the development Needs of the Country
  • Renewable Energy
  • Other related topics/problems

RU Personnel

The RU is headed by the Research Director, designated by the University President and confirmed by the Board of Regents. The Research Committee (RC) is the supporting arm of this unit and is under the Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension and International Affairs (VPREIA). The resident research consultant of the RU is Dr. Roberto N. Padua.

RU Personnel