Research Through Grants in Aid
This component of the ZRP seeks to encourage research participation by providing support to undertakings in line with the ZRC’s research agenda. The approved research agenda focuses on four principal areas: State of the Higher Education Institutions, Business and Society, Academic-Industry Linkage, and Urbanization.
Lifestyle Impact of Urbanization
The fast-paced and technology-oriented nature of an urbanized or rapidly developing area has contributed to dramatic changes in the lifestyle of many Filipinos. As a consequence of this change, disorders that used to be prevalent only in first world countries are becoming prevalent in a country like ours, affecting not only adults but the youth as well. One of the diseases that are becoming alarming is diabetes, a metabolic disease that is highly associated with food intake.
Other diseases include those that result from excessive intake of salt, sugar and fats that are common ingredients of convenience food. For the youth who spend most of their waking hours in school, the diet is influenced not only by food served at home but in school as well. And for these youth, diseases are aggravated by the diminishing rate of physical activity as they shift to educational and leisure activities that are technology- and computer- driven. The study aims to determine if there is a way that such diseases can be prevented through education. The end-result is an advocacy campaign addressed to the youth.
Students' Expectations of HEIs in the Modern Age
The view and expectations of students have changed with globalization and the introduction of technology. Because of this, there are changing expectations of what institutions, especially educational institutions, should offer. A study to determine students’ expectations of higher education institutions in the context of today’s modernized age is thus proposed. Output of the study is expected to result in changes in the curriculum and knowledge delivery.
Applications of Technological Advances on Education
This research project aims to develop a model or framework that will help explain the sustainability of family-owned educational institutions, particularly those at the tertiary level (i.e. colleges and universities). This will require a thorough understanding of the overlaps of family, ownership, and management structures, and how these overlaps contribute to shaping the organizational cultures of family-owned schools.
The assumption is that the organizational cultures of educational institutions influence their response to the business environment, and could partly explain their business performance, and the sustainability of their operations, even as the school remains family-managed or family-owned. The development of this framework will be done primarily through several case studies, coupled with an extensive review of related literature.
Sustainability of Family-Owned HEIs
A majority of HEIs in the country are privately owned and managed either by religious orders, foundations, or families. Of particular interest is the family-owned and managed HEI, now currently run by 2nd or 3rd generation family members. The added dimension of “family” in an already competitive environment of HEIs brings one to wonder how these HEIs will survive.
Impact of Advances in ICT on Family Values
The introduction of revolutionary information and communications technology has changed the pace of society. The ability to receive on-time information has resulted in the constant search for quick-fix solutions to any problem. This has considerably changed the value system of the Filipino family, particularly the youth. If these are desired values, then the influx of information and its affect on lifestyle is of no consequence. If these values are undesirable, then intervention may be required and may be the responsibility of the educational system for which many youth spend most of their time in.
Aligning Competency Skills of ICT Graduates vis-à-vis Industry Needs
The field of information and communications technology is one of the most-rapidly changing discipline areas of today. But while the rate of technological development is accelerating, the capacity of educational institutions to adjust to the human resource requirements of the industry has not been enhanced. As a result, fresh ICT graduates who enter the labor force find most of the theories and skills they learned in school inadequate to meet their employer’s expectations. This is a two-phase research project. The first phase will focus on the gathering of data about industry needs, while the second phase will be devoted to data collection on the skills and competencies of HEI graduates. Data gaps will then be analyzed and policy recommendations will be provided.