SAN BEDA RESEARCH CORE VALUES
The conduct of research in San Beda is grounded on the same precepts that are the hallmarks of Benedictine education:
Love of Christ and neighbor: Ensuring the well-being and safety of all persons involved in research
Animated by love of Christ and neighbor, researchers in San Beda safeguard the dignity, autonomy, and well-being of all involved in research, and minimize, if not avoid, unreasonable harm or risk of harm to research participants, researchers and others. This entails obtaining fully informed consent without coercion from research participants and respecting their rights to withdraw from the research at any time without negative consequences, and more so for vulnerable participants. Likewise, Bedan researchers uphold the anonymity of research participants and the confidentiality of information collected. Moreover, distributive justice shall be maintained by distributing the benefits and risks of research fairly among participants.
Prayer: Mindfulness to the disposition to Christ’s presence in others
Being compassionate and responsible stewards of research participants embodies the Bedan researcher’s disposition to Christ’s presence in others. Developing this disposition to this kind of attentiveness and mindfulness characterizes the Bedan’s continuing formation in prayer.
Stability: Upholding the integrity of Bedan scholarship and preserving the public’s trust in it
Researchers in the Bedan community adhere to the principles, policies and guidelines of the San Beda research system and uphold the responsible conduct of research that promote and preserve public trust and confidence. In line with this, Bedan researchers are responsible for ensuring data integrity, practicing ethical authorship and publication, and avoiding misconduct (e.g., fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism) when proposing, performing, or reviewing research, and reporting research results. Furthermore, researchers disclose and properly manage any actual or possible conflict of interest (e.g., financial benefits; religious, political, or social beliefs) that might compromise the integrity of their research.
Conversatio: Designing, implementing, and disseminating scholarly work of the highest quality, integrity, and relevance
Bedan researchers constantly strive to conceptualize, implement, and disseminate scholarly work of the highest quality, integrity, and relevance. To this end, they engage in the constant and continuous upgrading of their expertise and the appropriate research competencies that ensure the scholarly soundness, scientific rigour, and ethical merit of their work.
Obedience: Fidelity to up-to-date scientific, legal, regulatory, and ethical research standards
Bedan researchers maintain obedience in intellectual inquiry by respecting the methodological integrity of the study appropriate to each discipline, as well as by maintaining fidelity to the evidence, wherever it leads. Correspondingly, they observe and comply with up-to-date scientific, legal, regulatory, and ethical requirements relevant to the field of study and to the organizations or agencies they are collaborating with. They maintain knowledge and awareness of the applicable professional codes of practice, as well as of San Beda policies and procedures, with the support and guidance provided by the Office of Research and Innovation, and the Research Commitees of the academic units. Scholarly works conducted in the community setting respect the local practices, culture, customs, and laws without compromising the principles upheld by San Beda.
Discipline: Commitment to uphold intellectual rigour and integrity
Researchers in San Beda persevere to conceptualize, implement, and disseminate scholarly work with the utmost intellectual rigour and integrity. Adherence to the ethical and technical research standards of their respective disciplines, and to the policies and procedures emanating from the San Beda Office of Research and Innovation are instrumental in preserving public trust and confidence in Bedan scholarship.
Humility: Participating in constructive review and collaborative processes with research mentors and peers
Bedan researchers are self-reflective and aware of the limits of their research milieu and competence. Accordingly, they operate within these limits, and in partnership with mentors and peers to produce the best work attainable. Contributions produced by collaborations are appropriately represented in research proposals and reports.
San Beda’s commitment to research in the service of the common good disposes the Bedan researcher to report prospective, ongoing, and completed research in an open and timely manner in order to facilitate the validation of the scholarly work by responding constructively to inquiries from other researchers. This peer review process functions to maintain the excellence of Bedan scholarship and is the basis for the merit-based system of research support. Accordingly, Bedan researchers solicit collegial informed judgments about their work through peer review to ultimately enhance the quality of their work and maintain the excellence of Bedan scholarship.
Stewardship: Responsible use of research resources and outputs
Researchers in the Bedan community recognize that in and through their work they are ultimately accountable to the general public and thus must act accordingly. They strive to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved in research, and avoid unreasonable harm or risk of harm to research participants, researchers, and live animals, as well as to the environment. Congruently, they preserve the confidentiality of data collected, and secure the anonymity of research participants by protecting stored research documentation appropriately. They make sure that their research complies with any agreements, terms and conditions relating to the project, and allow for proper governance and transparency. Correspondingly, they participate in fair, independent, and transparent peer review of research plans, conduct of ongoing research, data, and outputs. Dissemination of outputs likewise reflects the Bedan researcher’s prudence and diligence in utilizing available resources for their scholarly undertakings.
Hospitality: Collegiality in all interactions within the research community
Bedan researchers demonstrate collegiality in all interactions within the academic community. They promote and contribute to the full, open, respectful, and timely exchange of ideas and insights emanating from their research. Furthermore, scholarly discussion, scrutiny, and debate with peers, colleagues, and mentors, are carried out in a collegial and professional manner while upholding, when required, the principle of confidentiality.
Community: Research that contributes to the social, economic, and spiritual upliftment of the Filipino and society
Research and innovation in San Beda aims to contribute to the common good, and promote respect for the dignity and integrity of persons, both individually and collectively. The fruits of Bedan scholarship are thus intended to be instrumental to the social, economic, and spiritual development of the Filipino and of society.
It is the responsibility of all researchers in San Beda to personify these Benedictine values in their scholarly undertakings to ensure that the Bedan community’s pursuit of scientia is unfailingly vitalized by the ethos of fides and virtus.
THE SAN BEDA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH VISION
San Beda University envisions itself as a credible, inventive, and efficient community of scholars and innovators who are committed to the highest standards of academic freedom, ethics and integrity, and engage in responsible, collaborative, and courageous research, development, and enterprise that transforms the ways we conceptualize, manage, study, and act in the world. Our scholarly, technological, and creative outputs demonstrate the harmony of faith and science, foster insights on the cognitive, historical, cultural, artistic, and social aspects of human life, advance a deeper understanding of ourselves and of the world around us, and are instrumental to the social, economic, and spiritual development of the Filipino and of society.
To achieve our Research Vision, the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI), under the Office of the Rector-President, oversees and manages the institutional research and scholarly activities with the aim of strengthening and expanding the quality, stature, and vitality of the University’s research enterprise.
The ORI is headed by the Vice-President for Research and Innovation, who is delegated with the authority and responsibility of:
Superintending the implementation of the University’s research policies;
Developing and updating the institutional research agenda following the annual submission of research priorities by deans and department heads;
Drawing up the budgetary requirements for institutional and college or departmental research in coordination with the Vice-President for Finance;
Managing the uptake of research outputs from leading universities, nationally, regionally, and internationally, and their beneficial use by the academic departments.
Assisting the Vice-President for Research and Innovation are the following:
Director, Research and Development Center: Develops and implements the University’s research capacity-building program to hone the technical, cognitive, and behavioral research skills of faculty and graduate students. The Director manages the San Beda Research Development Center
Associate for Research Integrity: Ensures that the design, implementation, and evaluation of prospective and ongoing research projects in the University are in accordance with local and global scientific, disciplinary, and ethical standards.
Associate for Project Management and Resource Generation: Assists in the acquisition and administration of research grants to ensure compliance with institutional guidelines and terms stipulated by external contract and / or grant agreements.
Associate for Dissemination and Publication: Oversees the planning, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of research dissemination activities and services to promote and support research sharing & collaboration.