Twenty-three members of the State Universities and Colleges-Association of Colleges of Agriculture in the Philippines Inc. (SUC-ACAP) received a 10-week online training on Research Designs and Methods for Higher Education Institutions in the Philippines. Philippines (Research4HEIs).
Implemented by the Southeast Asia Regional Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture (Searca), the training will run until March 11.
The training is provided under the auspices of a Searca Commission on Higher Education (CHED) project titled “Upgrading Philippine Higher Education Institutions in Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Resources ( LevelUPHEI Afar)”.
Searca Director Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio said the Searca-CHED partnership is in line with the center’s push for government to harness the intellectual capital of higher education institutions to strengthen food security and recovery. economic by fostering a “knowledge economy” amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
He stressed that research should not be done solely for academic exercise. It must meet the needs of society, that is, to produce food, solve hunger and malnutrition and help transform farmers into profitable entrepreneurs.
The Research4HEIs training is designed to build participants’ ability to develop a research framework focused on their goals and hypotheses with an in-depth knowledge of the conditions during their research.
Searca enlisted faculty members from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) to design and facilitate the training course.
It is coordinated by Professor Maria Ana T. Quimbo of the UPLB Institute of Governance and Rural Development, and co-facilitated by 13 faculty members and experts in quantitative and qualitative research methods from the Institute of Statistics and the Department of Social Sciences of the UPLB.
A major outcome of the Research4HEIs training is a reintegration action plan which includes the development of a research proposal.
The action plan will allow participants to apply the learnings and skills acquired during the training to solve specific and practical problems related to their area of interest, for which they will receive constructive and academic feedback.
The Research4HEIs training is one of two Searca e-learning events for SUC-ACAP members under the Searca-CHED project.
The Strategic Communication Planning Workshop: Improving Communication Skills for Higher Education Institutions in the Philippines is also underway and will end on March 14.