The University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS) is the university system’s unit for interdisciplinary and collaborative research on areas of national concerns such as science and technology policies, educational policies, development efforts, political dynamics and regional and international relations.
Since the 1990s, UP CIDS has been in the forefront of endeavors towards understanding the dynamics of peacebuilding, especially in Mindanao. Beginning in 2014, UP CIDS has been organizing research programs, round table discussion and forums on ASEAN integration, national marine policy, migration, environmental governance, sustainable energy and China studies, among others.
A UP President’s Executive Order (EO) No. 9, dated September 1985, stated objectives and functions of the Center as follows:
- Develop, organize and manage research issues of national significance. Such issues, because of their importance and inherent complexity, require an integrative and collaborative approach and also more sophisticated research methodologies and skills;
- Encourage and support research and study on these issues by various units of the University and individual scholars;
- Secure fundings from public or private persons and agencies; and
- Ensure that the research recommendations and outputs of the Center are published and openly disseminated.