CNU launches 5 new research institutes

|July 02,2017 - 08:37 PM

Staying true to its vision as a leading multidisciplinary research university of education, the Cebu Normal University (CNU) launched its five research institutes.

The creation of these research institutes is in line with the Philippine Development Plan for 2017-2022 and with the Commission on Higher Education’s Strategic Plan and Public Higher Education Reform Agenda of 2014.

Most importantly, these institutional innovations are the response of the university to the local and global challenges that continue to shape our society.

The five institutes are for Innovative Instructional Delivery, Computational Mathematics and Physics, Ageing and Health, Public Governance, and Tropical Biology and Pharmacological Biotechnology.

The Institute for Research in Innovative Instructional Delivery (IRIID) promotes innovative ethno-Malayan culture and heritage for quality teaching and learning in a fast-changing environment in the 21st century. It aims to enhance innovative and effective instructional delivery that shapes the recognition of an authentic Filipino identity. The IRIID director is Dr. Reynaldo Inocian (inocianr@cnu.edu.ph).

The Research Institute in Computational Mathematics and Physics (RICMP) commits to producing both theoretical and practical advancements in the field of mathematics and physics. The institute aims to develop educational technology that will support students, teachers, and researchers, and novel numerical models and algorithms that will provide solutions to regional problems arising in measurement science and applications. The RICMP director is Dr. Roberto Corcino (corcinor@cnu.edu.ph).

The Research Institute for Ageing and Health (RIAH) serves as knowledge producer and innovator in the field of gerontology and public health to promote the ability of the aging population to cope with and adapt to a dynamically changing environment. Its allied aim is to be a resource center for gerontology and health care innovations in the country. The RIAH director is Dr. Laurence Garcia (garcial@cnu.edu.ph).

The Research Institute for Public Governance (RIPG) specializes in local governance that is attuned to the peculiarities of the socio-environmental, economic and political conditions of southern Philippines. This institute aims to empower local government officials through research and training services. The RIPG director is Dr. Gary Lapiz (lapizg@cnu.edu.ph).

Finally, the Research Institute for Tropical Biology and Pharmacological Biotechnology (RITBPB) is designed to spearhead cutting-edge researches, develop home-grown technologies and provide educational training services/continuing professional education in tropical biology and pharmacological biotechnology. Further, this institute utilizes their technical expertise by providing analytical services to niche industries.

The RITBPB director is Dr. Milagros Greif (greifm@cnu.edu.ph).

These research institutes therefore perform expansive functions as they also serve as training facilities and resource centers enabling a clear link between the institutes’ expertise and the public utilization of knowledge. The vice president for Research, Extension and Publications, Dr. Angeline Pogoy (pogoya@cnu.edu.ph) maintains an oversight of these institutes.

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