By Francis Thaise A. Cimene

Being in the academe I should say has developed me not only intellectually, psychologically, socially, and spiritually but most importantly in character. Given the right environment like Capitol University where I serve as an educator and administrator for the last 13 years, this is always a possibility. Every University professor is required to do research or else he has nothing to profess. Doing research not only help solves problems, contributes to the body of knowledge, enhances instruction both in pedagogy and content, but also makes one cultivates humility. Indeed, research is a humbling experience for a researcher knows that there are a lot of limitations in every study which could be inherent in the research methodology or in the field of inquiry. That’s why in every research conducted, there is always a recommendation for future studies. This makes research a never-ending quest for the truth.

A number of graduate students are scared of research. The threat seems so real that they eventually dropped out and all because of research. Shall we say then that research is for the brave and not for the faint-hearted? I guess so but if you can hear one of Dr. Imelda Pagtulon-an’s lecture on research, you will not fail to hear such words as “research is beautiful.” I took my Elementary Statistics subject under her and that was the first of the six Statistics subjects I had taken while earning my five degrees. I was truly blessed to be under her for her passion for her students and her profession made me embraced Mathematics, though I confess that that subject is really my weakness. My experience in her class made me conclude that professors who are experts in the field can make complicated things simple. In a way, those who truly understand what life is all about can simply life. They know what they can live with and what they can live without.

At this point, may I take the opportunity to inform the readers of the upcoming 8th PAIR Asian Conference on Academic Journals and Higher Education Research and the Asian Research Journalism Workshop on August 17-20, 2011 in Pryce Plaza Hotel, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City. In accordance with the pertinent provisions of Republic Act No. 7722 otherwise known as the “Higher Education Act of 1994” this Conference is endorsed by the Commission of Higher Education Region 10.

The theme of the Asian Conference is “Practical and Breakthrough Solutions for a Sustainable Asian Region.” The event focuses on the following streams:

• Quality Assurance of Journal Publications- Experiences on restricted/subscription and open access journals; Journal ranking system; Journal impact factor; inclusion in Scopus, Elsevier, and Thomson Reuters Master List; Directory of Open Access Journals; Philippine Electronic Journals, Philippine Journal Online, Electronic- International Scientific Research Journal Consortium Web analytics of global utilization; stories of journal quality transformations.

• Health- Basic and clinical, social, ethno medical, modeling, and health education.

• Biodiversity and Conservation- Species diversity, ecological diversity, genetic diversity, biodiversity modeling and biodiversity education.

• Business and Governance- Business administration, corporate management, public governance and business education.

• Institutional Research, Education, Social Science, and other Disciplines- Social science and humanities, philosophy, religion, mathematics, science engineering and technology.

• Video Research- Research documentary of field work, experiences on research projects, best practices in research management (maximum of 20mins).

The objectives of the conference are: (1) to learn from the experiences and best practices of Asian researchers on academic journals and research; (2) to advocate for practical and breakthrough solutions to the issues and problems in Asia; (3) to disseminate latest research findings in biodiversity and conservation, business and governance, health, and higher education; (4) to forge partnerships and linkages with Asian researchers; to strengthen capability of student journalists for research advocacy; and (5) to translate scientific information into popular media for wider dissemination and utilization.

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