HomeThe Asia-Pacific Education Researchervol. 18 no. 2 (2009)

The Context of Research Training in the Philippines: Some Key Areas and Their Implications

Angelito Calma

Discipline: Development



Universities in the Philippines are moving towards enhancing research while the government is seeking to work with them in promoting research nationally. However, there is a concern on the current capacities of universities to train and develop academic staff and students in research. Thus, there is a fundamental need to sketch the landscape within which research training is situated in the Philippines. This paper broadly focuses on critically reviewing the context of research training in Graduate Schools in the Philippines and identifying key areas in research training participated in by graduate students and academic staff. This study involved the participation of executives from the government and selected higher education institutions. Results have permitted the establishment of a sequence for graduate research degrees which illustrate the different stages in the candidature of Masters (thesis), PhD, and doctorate students. The study has revealed the view among participants that more attention needs to be paid to the academic staff’s own research training in order for them to effectively carry out their academic and leadership roles.