OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND EXTENSION SERVICES AGENDA
AY 2016- 2022
Research and extension have always been considered as inherent functions of Benguet State University even when it operated only as a farm school in the 1920s. Back then, students were included with the love of scientific inquiry and ingrained with the commitment to serve their communities well, not being only excellent examples of a what a successful farmer should be; but also by persisting in carrying out genuine agricultural development in the countryside (REMO, 2015).
As a chartered institution in 1971, Mountain State Agricultural College (MSAC) was mandated to do research and extension, in addition to instruction as trilogy of functions. A new organizational structure was adopted which included the Department of Experiment Station. The organizational structure was revised in 1977 thus, creating the Research and Experiment Station, and the Extension and Continuing Education Division. In 1984, a new governance schema of the College created the Office of the Vice President for Research and Development Support Services.
With the conversion of the College into Benguet State University (BSU) in 1986, R and E programs were placed under the Office of the Vice President for Research and Extension (OVPRE). The move enabled the University‘s R and E programs to be more systematic and relevant to the needs of the University and to the region as well.
Presently, the OVPRE supervises the activities of the Office of Research Services, the Office of Extension Services, and the different Research Centers/ Institutes. The OVPRE also coordinates with the Highland Agriculture, Aquatic Resources Research and Development Consortium (HARRDEC), a consortium of research, extension and development agencies in the Cordillera Administrative Region which is based in BSU. Also, the University is a consortium member of the Cordillera Regional Health and Development Consortium under the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology.