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Program on Higher Education Research and Policy Reform (HERPRP)

  • Starting August 2021, hired consultants from the call last June 2021 were finally onboarded to the program. The research consultants are expected to produce one paper on a higher education topic of their choice and to assist in the program in one of its six ongoing activities. Their outputs will be released in 2022.
  • Last November 2021, prominent personalities in higher education came together in an online roundtable discussion titled “Higher Education in EDCOM: Going Global?” to explore the implications of reconvening the Congressional Commission on Education (EDCOM) in the current Philippine higher education landscape.
  • The “Higher Education in EDCOM: Going Global?” event was spearheaded by Sen. Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian. Various insights from the University of the Philippines (UP), University of the East (UE), Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations of the Philippines (COCOPEA), and Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) were presented and tackled during the roundtable discussion.
  • In collaboration with the other programs in the UP CIDS Education Cluster, the “Making Our Way Back to the Classroom” webinar was well-attended by various stakeholders from the basic education to tertiary education sectors. Government agencies, such as the Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) shared their plans on coping with the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Last August 2, 2021, Dr. Paragas joined the initial meeting of evaluators and virtual orientation for the PBSP–REX Publishing Edukampyon 2021 Awards as one of its jury members. The awards aim to recognize outstanding initiatives of Philippine higher education institutions (HEI) amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The jury was tasked to evaluate entries for this year’s awards for potential finalists.

    The Program on Higher Education Research and Policy Reform (HERPRP) aims to chart a research agenda, systematically build an evidence base for policy analysis, and create a network of experts and researchers doing work in this sector. HERPRP also serves as a convening body seeking to build partnerships and working collaborative networks among stakeholders.

    In pursuit of these objectives, HERPRP seeks to gather experts who will collectively map out a short- and medium-term research agenda on the needs of the tertiary education sector.



    Contemporary Issues in Philippine Higher Education 3 | Monograph 736 KB 158 downloads

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    Higher Education in EDCOM 2: Going Global? | Proceedings 544 KB 44 downloads

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    Contemporary Issues in Philippine Higher Education: Monograph 2.37 MB 1670 downloads

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    Higher Education Interventions During and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Monograph 2021-03 5 MB 20 downloads

    UP CIDS Public Policy Monograph 2021-03 ...



    View the Term Reports from 2018 to 2022 for a list of ISP programs and activities, which include meetings, webinars, and/or publications (forthcoming or already published). 


    The Team

    Fernando DLC. Paragas, Ph.D.

    Department of Communication Research
    College of Mass Communication
    University of the Philippines Diliman

    Raisa Kirstie Aquino

    Senior Project Assistant

    Higher Education Research and Policy Reform Program

    Shaira Melissa T. Tengco

    Senior Project Analyst

    Higher Education Research and Policy Reform Program

    Joyce D. Quitan

    Senior Office Aide

    Higher Education Research and Policy Reform Program