Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Extension, & Development

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About The Office

This Office takes charge of the research, extension and development programs of the Mindanao State University in addition to its primary function which is instruction. As an institution of higher learning, the conduct of research for knowledge production and extension programs/projects to disseminate the new knowledge, innovations as well as technology is considered an essential part of its mandated functions so as for the University to contribute to the sustained socio-cultural, economic, political, and ecological development of the surrounding communities especially that of the Bangsamoro and indigenous peoples. To perform this mandated function, the Office has to gain the support of the various colleges and other units of the University as well as that of the higher authorities for fund allocation. Since its expected work is comprehensive, it has to develop and strengthen its linkages with the local, national and international institutions doing research and development work for outsourcing of resources to fund the needed research, extension and development services. This Office is housed at the Mamitua Saber Research  Center (MSRC) located close to the MSU Administrative Building. The various offices under the umbrella of the OVCRED are as follows: Mamitua Saber Research Center, University Extension Service Center, Technology Innovation Center, and Ceramics Development Center.

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Sohra B. Masnar
Supply and Record Officer/Property Custodian

San Isidro Hall,
Mindanao State University
Marawi City, Philippines

Mon – Fri 8:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

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Historical Background

 When Mindanao State University opened in 1961, its research and extensions functions also began in earnest. An Institute of Research for Filipino Culture was created to assist the University in the Implementation of the University Charter through research on “Filipino native culture, the arts, sciences, philosophy and literature”. In 1967, it was restricted and called the University Research  Center (URC). In 1989, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension (OVCRE) was established with the primary goal of bringing together the various units/colleges in the University involved in research and extension activities. There were two major offices that operated under the aegis of OVRCE: the Office of the Director of Research or the Mamitua Saber Research Center (MSRC) and the Office of the Director of Extension or the Present University Extension Services Center (UESC). Four other offices were originally placed under the OVCRE, namely: the University Museum that housed the Aga Khan and Natural Science Museums, Ceramics Development Center, and the Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao (formerly the Muslim Mindanao Development Institute). READ MORE…

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Goals and Objectives



  • To gain leadership in high-impact, society centric research and development programs that are aligned with the BARMM Education Code, the harmonized Research and Development Agenda, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Philippine Technology Transfer Act and other relevant legal mandates.
  • To cultivate a research culture in the University that highly values faithful compliance with ethical guidelines, collaborations, productivity, social  and economic impact of research.
  • To develop research niche for MSU Main Campus that would set apart from other HEI’s and harness the indigenous natural resources in the MINSUPALA Region.


  • To develop a comprehensive and integrated research, extension and development programs of MSU Main Campus with emphasis on food security, public health and safety, conservation and utilization of natural resources particularly the protection and development of Lake Lanao watershed and its environs, promotions of entrepreneurship and growth of industry; preservation of indigenous cultural heritage and combatting violent extremism.
  • To promote the development of research centers in the MSU Main Campus that will focus on major resources in the Lanao Provinces and neighboring areas.
  • To strengthen the university’s research and extension workforce and develop a pool of experts in various fields by supporting relevant in-service trainings and benchmarking activities of university personnel, and their active participation in seminars, colloquia, symposia and conferences in their respective fields of specialization.
  • To increase and strengthen collaborations and linkages of MSU with local, national and international institutions and agencies that can support and complement its comprehensive research, extension and development programs.

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1st MSU Marawi Research and Development Summit

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Extension (OVPRE) together with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Extension, and Development (OVCRED), Mamitua Saber Research Center (MSRC), and University Extension Services Center (UESC) organized the 1st MSU Marawi Research and Development Summit held at Estregan Beach Resort, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte on June 15-17, 2023.
Among the participants were the select University Officials, Research and Extension Coordinators, Department Chairpersons of different colleges, the campus heads of the integrated campuses along with their representatives such as MSU-Lanao del Norte Agricultural College (LNAC), MSU-Lanao National College of Arts and Trades (LNCAT), MSU-Maigo School of Arts and Trades (MSAT), MSU-Buug, MSU-Main Campus Bataraza and Sindangan Extensions, and other technical support staff of MSU administrative offices.
The three-day summit highlighted the different workshops on finalization of thematic areas of R&D, submission of R&D interests, prioritization of scoring metrics, strategies to hit the target by college or unit, and charting college R&D roadmap.

MSU officials who took the leadership of this Office

Through the years that passed since the creation of this Office, several MSU officials took the leadership of this Office, and all were designated as the Vice Chancellors were Dr. Mamitua Saber as the first head followed by Dr. Cosain Derico, Dr. Nagasura Madale, Prof. Saidali Mohammad, Dr. Ismael Disoma, Dr. Medarda Naga, Dr. Otinggue Masnar who was designated for two times, Dr. Cesar A. dela Seña who recently retired in February of 2020, Dr. Teresita Poblete who retired on March 15, 2022, and Elin Anisha Capal Guro, CESE who was designated twice. Currently, Dr. Fema M. Abamo has been designated as the new Vice Chancellor on concurrent capacity effective January 25, 2023 by the MSU System President, Atty. Basari D. Mapupuno.

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