UST’s social sciences, education research center named outstanding institution by NRCP

The Research Center for Social Sciences and Education (RCSSED) will receive an oustanding institution award from the country’s largest multidisciplinary network of researchers and scientists, the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP)

NRCP approved Council Resolution 2024-06 to grant RCSSED the “Outstanding Institution Award (Cluster 1)” for the year 2023. The February 1, 2024 letter of NRCP writes that the Outstanding Institution Award “is given to outstanding institutions in recognition of their dedicated support and / or significant contribution to the growth and development of basic sciences, humanities, and the arts in the Philippines.”

NRCP will give the said award during its 2024 Annual Scientific Conference and General Assembly, slated this March 12 at the Philippine International Convention Center. 

RCSSED becomes the third UST research center to win this NRCP award, after the Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences (RCNAS, 2015) and the Research Center for Culture, Arts and Humanities (RCCAH, 2021).

RCSSED was formed in January 2017 as a spin-off center from the former Research Center for Culture, Education and Social Issues (RCCESI), where RCCAH also came from. Prof. Belinda D.V. de Castro, PhD of the College of Commerce and Business Administrator is RCSSED’s first director.

RCSSED took its roots from predecessor research centers that include the Social Research Center (SRC), the Institute of Development Education (IDE), and the Center for Educational Research and Development (CERD).

The criteria for NRCP’s outstanding institution award include: 

  • Publications in refereed and reputable journals (50 percent);
  • External linkages and extension services, including support to policy formulation (20 percent);
  • Research or service awards and recognitions received (15 percent); and
  • Number of undergraduate and graduate students trained or number of personnel trained (15 percent).

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