HomeUE Research Bulletinvol. 21 no. 1 (2019)

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs): Challenges on Research SustainabilityAuthors

Alexander C Balcoba | Mark Cleeford L. Quitoras | Avelina Raqueño | Jennifer Florida



The dynamic interactions of the trifocal functions of higher education institutions (HEIs), which include teaching, research, and community extension, are perceived to be the catalyst for the nation’s sustainable development. In a complex knowledge society, advancement in research and development has become the growing concern for most universities. The need for research has been growing exponentially not only in the Philippine higher education institutions (HEIs) but also in other countries. This paper describes the challenges encountered by private higher education institutions in fostering research sustainability. It focuses on the respondents’ motivation towards doing research explained by their attitude and interest. The study also examines the administrative support of three (3) universities in the Philippines. Results show that faculty deloading, publication incentives, subsidies for paper/poster presentation, subsidies for seminars/workshops on research capability building, ranking points, and access to research equipment and facilities are common research incentives given by the administration of the three universities. The respondents strongly agreed that they were supported by their administrations in doing research. On the other hand, the universities need to strengthen the interest and the attitude of their faculty to be motivated in doing research.