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University Research Agenda and Theme

University Research Agenda

To facilitate AQ Research Culture, the University Academic Research sets the University Research Agenda with the following directions:

  1. To conduct basic researches that will provide basis for developing new knowledge and applied researches that will contextualize prevailing knowledge in the different academic fields which are relevant to Aquinian transformative education through defined AQ research categories:
    1. Developing New Knowledge in the Languages, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and the Humanities
    2. Sustained Growth with Equity and Stability,
    3. Promoting Full, Decent, and Productive Employment,
    4. Enhancing Competitiveness of Industry and Services,
    5. Building Strengths in Information and Communication Technology,
    6. Tourism Development,
    7. Accelerating Infrastructure Development,
    8. Modernizing Agriculture and Fisheries,
    9. Social Equity Through Agrarian Reform,
    10. Sustainable Management and Natural Resources,
    11. Investing in Education and Training,
    12. Enhancing Health Care,
    13. Access to Shelter,
    14. Protecting Vulnerable Groups,
    15. Balanced Regional Development,
    16. Securing Peace and Development,
    17. Fighting Poverty with Good Governance,
  2. To integrate research with the university's extension programs by conducting research in a particular field of advocacy:
    1. Transformative Education,
    2. Environment and Biodiversity,
    3. Good Governance,
    4. Sustainable Development,
    5. Disaster Management,
    6. Peace,
    7. Bikol Culture,
    8. Gender and Development,
    9. Human Rights,
    10. People Empowerment,
    11. Health,
    12. Nationalization of Vital Industries, and
    13. Consumers' Rights;
  3. To conduct research that will provide data and information for administrative policy making in quality assurance key result areas:
    1. Governance and Management,
    2. Quality of Teaching and Research,
    3. Support for Students,
    4. Relations with the Community, and
    5. Management of Resources.

University Research Theme

AY 2008 - 2009
Development in the Context of Disaster-Prone Region

Responding to the high vulnerability and low capacity reality of the people in the region Enriching the University Research Agenda through the identified research theme Identifying priorities for institutional, graduate, and undergraduate researches Originating unities for the integration of instruction, research, and extension services

AY 2009 - 2011
Development in the Context of Social, Cultural, and Environmental Spheres

  • Social: Correct Regional Imbalances and Accelerate Industrial Growth
    • Social Equity Through Agrarian Reform
    • Modernizing Agriculture and Fisheries
    • Accelerating Infrastructure Development
    • Tourism Development
    • Sustained Growth with Equity and Stability
    • Enhancing Competitiveness of Industry and Services
    • Promoting Full, Decent, and Productive Employment
  • Cultural: Ways and Forms of the richness of indigenous and contemporary cultures
    • Developing Concepts, Models, and Frameworks of Cultural Practices
    • Showcasing local cultures and arts
    • Appreciating multifaceted human expressions of cultural values
    • Bicol Studies: Methodology and Approaches
    • Bicol studies: Trends, Directions, and Agenda for Future Research
    • Bicol Archaeology and Prehistory
    • Bicol History: Spanish, American, and Japanese Periods
    • Bicol Folklore and Oral History
    • Bicol Lingustic Studies
    • Bicol Festivals
    • Bicol Music and Dance
    • Bicol Religion and Popular Religiosity
    • Bicol Economic and demographic History
    • Bicol Churches
    • Bicol Heritage Preservation
    • Bicol Food and Culture
    • Bicol Politics
    • Bicol Gender Studies
    • Bicol Health Issues
    • Bicol Herbal Medicine, Beliefs, and Customs
    • Bicol Environment: Forest and Marine
  • Environmental: Sustainable Management and Natural Resources
    • Sustainable Use of Water
    • Managing Marine Resources
    • Reducing Waste
    • Improving Energy Efficiency through Alternative Renewable Sources

Integration of Instruction, Research, and Extension

Aquinas University of Legazpi as a dynamic and proficient center of education rests on the premise that education should be transformative, creative, and relevant. It is an academic institution that believes in excellence and perfection and therefore should establish mechanisms ensuring the creation and production of new knowledge significant to the Bikol region, national community, and the world. This can be done best through a rationalized integration of instruction, research, and extension. Research serves as medium that connects instruction to the extension activities of the university. Convergence of the three pillars would mean higher quality of education and realization of higher academic standard.

Main Objectives

  1. To consolidate efforts of the different departments in integrating instruction, research, and extension
  2. To streamline the research program with the research agenda and the academic formation on convergence

General Objectives

  1. To establish research as the link between instruction and extension activities in the university
  2. To bridge the gap between theoria learned in the instruction and praxis found in the extension activities through academic research
  3. To ground instruction to the community extension programs of the university
  4. To conduct researches based on the needs and priorities of the Bikol region in particular and of the nation in general
  5. To realize the university thrust of convergence
  6. To establish research culture in the AQ community through well articulated research agenda
  7. To create an action group that would serve as the pool of researchers of the university

Specific Objectives

  1. To research on the relevance and effectiveness of curricular programs to the interests and achievements of students in the different disciplines
  2. To research on strategies, programs, and projects for livelihood and sustainable development
  3. To research on the richness of indigenous culture and the ways and forms by which it can be developed, showcased, and appreciated
  4. To research on systems and procedures, theories and concepts, models and frameworks on the different disciplines for full realization of transformative education


  1. systematic, rationalized, well-coordinated, participatory research programs and activities in the university
  2. members (administrators, faculty, personnel, and students) of the Aquinian community are research-based and are reflective of the research culture in the university
  3. the university contributes in the empowerment of the Bikolano people in their various activities through research
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