What’s New for AdZU in Research?

To streamline and strengthen the research efforts in the University, the Ateneo de Zamboanga University underwent major revamps in its different research units in the university. This is in line with the university’s thrust towards increased quality research and publication under the five-year strategic plan, also known as the ADZUSTRATPLAN17/22.

First of the two major reforms is the renaming of the former Ateneo Research Center (ARC). More than just a change in its name, the new University Research Office (URO) was restructured to fine tune AdZU’s research activities, expanding and strengthening its role in cultivating a culture of research in the University.

Father President Karel S San Juan SJ appointed Dr Robert V Panaguiton Dean for Research last November 2018 to head URO and coordinate all research matters across the different units in the University. The Dean for Research is also responsible for planning, implementing, and monitoring the university’s research initiatives as stipulated in the University’s Strategic Plan.

The second major reform in research is the reconstitution of the University Research and Publication Council (URPC), the highest policy-making body for all university engagements in research and publications. Among the URPC’s functions include setting the University Research Agenda, crafting policies for research and publication, promoting research through mentoring, supervision and training; reviewing and approving research proposals, and supervising the new URO, Asia Mindanaw Journal and Research Ethics committee. Under the new set-up, URO serves as the secretariat of the URPC, providing clerical, logistic and technical support.

The URPC is composed of men and women “built for the purpose,” stated newly-appointed Assistant to the Dean for Research, Gerald James Ebal. He describes the people behind URPC as academicians equipped with the necessary expertise and experience needed to better the community’s research efforts. URPC is chaired by Dr Panaguiton. Its members include Fr San Juan, Fr Marcos Louis D Catalan Jr SJ, VP for Higher Education; Fr Stephen T Abuan SJ, VP for Basic Education; John Mayo M Enriquez, Assistant to the President for Social Development; Dr Robin A Delos Reyes, Dean, School of Liberal Arts; Dr Dorothy Joann Lei O Labrador, Faculty, School of Education; Dr Jocelyn D Partosa, Faculty, College of Science and Information Technology; and Ebal.

Together, the URPC and the URO expand the scope and raise the level in generating research projects. Within and beyond AdZU, URPC and URO recognize their responsibility to keep the academic community in touch with its internal and external realities and direct all their research endeavors towards knowledge building within the Zamboanga Peninsula and the entire Mindanao.