4th Regional Con on Promoting World-class Education and 2nd RDE Con jointly conducted by OVPRDE

Monday October 14,2019

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Highlighting the many research endeavours undertaken by various BU faculty-researchers, the offices under the Office of the BU Vice President for Research, Development and Extension (OVPRDE) jointly conducted the 4th Regional Conference on Promoting World-class Education and the 2nd Regional Research, Development and Extension (RDE) Conference last October 10 and 11 at the BU East Campus in Legazpi City.

With the theme: “ Global Citizenship Education for Transformative Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement”, the event focused on the significance of developing researches that will positively impact the Filipino communities in line with its evolution towards global inclusion.

In the morning of October 10, the activity began with an opening program, which was attended by the researchers, the BU officials, the deans and directors of the many BU colleges and institutes, students, guests from partnered government and private organizations, and visitors from other higher education institutions (HEIs).

The program kicked-off with the presentation of the participants, which was done by BU’s Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Dr. Rebecca Rosario O. Bercasio.

Afterwards, those in attendance were welcomed by BU’s VPRDE Dr. Amelia A. Dorosan. Dr. Dorosan also gave a talk about the dynamic nature of modern education and research, adapting the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Next to address the participants is BU President Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, who discussed the value of high-impacting research work. As per the BU President, there research should be done based on a researcher’s desire to contribute to the betterment of society, rather than the need for credits and recognition.

After the University President concluded his talk, the Regional Centre for Science and Mathematics Education (RCSMEd) Director Prof. Magnolia Vida A. Cano took the stage and introduced the guest keynote speaker –the De La Salle Araneta University’s Night College Program Chairperson Prof. Alicia A. Pedracio.

Staying true to the theme of the conference, Prof. Pedracio gave an in-depth lecture about the Global Citizenship Education (GCEd). She stressed the importance in the proper adaptation of the GCEd in the constantly-changing educational landscape.

According to Prof. Pedracio, GCEd focuses on the inclusive aspect of modern education, wherein the learning system is no longer exclusive to a country or locality, but must be adaptive to global needs, given the easy access to worldwide information and communication.

After her talk, BU President Dr. Mascariñas and VPRDE Dr. Dorosan conferred a certificate and token of appreciation to Prof. Pedracio for sharing her knowledge through her discussion.

After the awarding ceremony, the program proceeded to the next phase of the activity, starting with the explanation of the mechanics of the parallel sessions for the research presentation which was done by Publication and Knowledge Management Division (PKMD) Director Prof. Carlos V. Cortez Jr.

To officially introduce the invited evaluators for the researches, BU’s Research, Development and Management Division (RDMD) Director Dr. Luis Amano led the presentation of evaluators for each thematic category.

During the said gathering, a total of 70 competing and non-competing researches were presented by BU’s faculty researchers, composed of 55 competing and 15 non-competing presentations. These researches were created by more than a hundred BU researchers and were categorized into eight (8) thematic priorities.

For the competing research presentations, the themes are Educational Policy, Leadership and Management (10 researches), Curriculum Innovation and Pedagogy (12 researches), Institutional and Policy Research (14 researches), Climate Change and Natural Resources Management (7 researches), and Global Competitiveness of Business and Industry (3 researches). The non-competing researches were categorized in the themes of Social Innovation and Development (12 researches) and Technological Innovation and Development (12 researches).

Since the researches were already provided to the evaluators beforehand, the presenters were only given five minutes for their presentation, while ten more minutes were allotted for questions and critiquing. Aside from the evaluators, the audience were also given the opportunity to ask their questions to the researchers for further clarity.