Research, Development & Extension

The University of Southern Mindanao is a research university, which is involved in different research, development and extension (RDE) engagements and activities. Research directions are geared towards the university themes and priority areas such as education and literacy; environmental protection and conservation; food security and poverty alleviation; health and proper nutrition; engineering and technology; preservation of arts, culture, language and literature; promotion of peace, gender equality and development; and halal. These are conducted in different colleges and research centers in the university.

The university is inclined to the development of products, technologies, innovations and discoveries of new ideas and information. This is facilitated through research engagements of faculty, full-time researchers and undergraduate/graduate students. The activity is geared towards providing products and services to the end-consumers and other stakeholders of the university from various fields.

Research and development outputs must be disseminated through extension. This is materialized through seminars, trainings, community engagements and various approaches. In addition, as part of its information dissemination, the university also promotes publication and patenting of research outputs and provides subsequent incentives.

RDE engagements in the university is under the supervision of the Office of the Vice-President for Research, Development and Extension (OVPRDE) in collaboration with the University Research and Development Executive Council (URDEC). RDE is executed in different centers and offices.

VP for RD & E

The Office of the Vice-President Research, Development and Extension (OVPRDE) oversees and monitors research, development and extension programs.


The University of Southern Mindanao Agricultural Research Center (USMARC), being the research arm of the University of Southern Mindanao, was established on January 1989.

R & D

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The Research Publication Services Office (RPSO) functions as an avenue for the dissemination of research outputs generated by faculty, students and researchers.