Welcome to the official website of the University of San Carlos – Commission on Higher Education – Zonal Research Center (USC CHED ZRC). It is with great pleasure that we share with you information in regard to USC ZRC’s activities, opportunities, past and future events, and other relevant links.
For those who are not familiar with the CHED Zonal Research Center, a brief recollection follows. Republic Act No. 7722, known as the “Higher Education Act of 1994” created the Commission on Higher Education and among its functions is the mandate relative to research (Section 8, RA 7722). In line with these developments, the National Higher Education Research Agenda (NHERA) Phase One, 1998-2008, was established. It was in 2001, three years after the implementation of NHERA-1 when the Zonal Research Center, as a component, was founded.
The Commission on Higher Education is mandated to enhance the research functions of higher education institutions (HEIs) in the Philippines. Pursuant to this, CHED created nine Zonal Research Centers to decentralize the promotion and management of research. The USC ZRC, hosted by USC since the founding of ZRCs, is supported by CHED for the purpose of managing research activities and enhancing research productivity of HEIs in its identified area of jurisdiction. In 2011, a total of 14 ZRCs have been established by CHED throughout the country; USC’s mandate is to in charge of the provinces of Bohol and Cebu.
It is our hope that through this website, you will be able to take a glimpse of the initiatives being undertaken in fulfilling our Zonal Research Program that is based on Region VII’s development vision and goals: Business and Industry Development, and Socioeconomic Development. For the former, research programs will consist of business, industry, ancillary industries, spatial development-related studies. For the latter, research programs will cover areas such as poverty alleviation, reduction of income inequality, good governance, and education-related studies. In addition, the conduct of basic researches and policy studies are likewise encouraged.
We are now in NHERA Phase 2 (2009-2018) and ZRC Batch 3 (2008-2011) of the ZRC program. The present mandate for all ZRCs is four-pronged: Establishment and Maintenance of the Research Management Information System (RMIS); Research Capability Development; Networking and Linkages; and, Research Utilization.
The University of San Carlos CHED Zonal Research Center Team