Follow up to article: Integrating Teaching, Research, and Extension Seminar-Workshop Successfully and Meaningfully Held



We need a research and extension agenda that will

1) Express the identifiable thrusts, strengths, and niches of UP Cebu; and

2) Contribute to the goal of resilience and sustainability in the Central Visayas region and the larger community.

Applications for research and extension funding should align their research or creative work and extension project proposals along the components of the UP Cebu integrated research and extension agenda. Those that are aligned to this agenda have the priority of being funded, whereas those that lie outside it are less prioritized.

CREATES is an acronym that encapsulates the thrusts, niches, and disciplines that can be found in UP Cebu; thus, it is inclusive yet distinctive of UP Cebu’s strengths, goals, and vision-mission. It also reflects the tagline of UP Cebu, which is “Nurtured to create, inspired to innovate, and destined to serve”.

C – Creative Disciplines

R – Resilience and Sustainability Issues

E-   Environmental Resources Management

A – Advocacies for the Common Good

T – Technological Innovations

E – Educational Research and Innovations

S – Service to the Community

The fields of study or extension activity under each letter of the acronym of the agenda are listed below:

Creative disciplines include the arts, culture, design, communication, and creative industries. Creative industries which UP Cebu faculty can engage in are: Advertising, Art Markets, Craft, Design, Fashion, Video, Film and Photography, Interactive Games, Music, Performing Arts, Publishing and Printing, Computer Services and Software, and Television & Radio (broadcasting).

Resilient and sustainable communities are envisioned and aimed at by research and extension works in the fields of political science, psychology, development communication, economics, entrepreneurship, ecology, health and food security, and disaster risk management.

Environmental Management of Resources are those in the areas of climate change mitigation, environmental protection, air quality, water sustainability, natural resources conservation and development, and research on natural products.

Advocacies for the common good include good governance, media literacy, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, women empowerment, gender equality, children’s rights, human rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, poverty alleviation, peace building, social marketing for the social good, physical and mental health.

Technological innovations are what the science and technology centers in UP Cebu are aiming at. These centers are: CENVI, FIRECHECK, Cybersecurity, TBI, and ITSO. Moreover, the BS in Computer Science aims to produce software and ICT innovations that keep up with the cyber age.

Educational Research and Innovations are researches that seek to improve teaching, learning, instructional materials, pedagogy, teaching methods, and teaching effectiveness taking into consideration the issues and context at present such as multiculturalism, cybertechnology, sustainability, climate change, and terrorism.

Service to the community includes service industries, service learning, Pahinungod, and all extension projects where UP faculty and students render service to the community.