The University will initiate and undertake projects and studies which will bear on the manpower needs, the industrial growth of Iligan and other development projects including those needed by the specific industries and environs (èAVCharter: R.A. 5385). The MSU-IIT researchers include faculty members, visiting scholars, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students, and they collaborate with colleagues across the University, at affiliated institutions, and at other research institutions.

Research Clusters

Research Clusters

Currently, for the advancement of the university, the researchers provide vast knowledge, insights and solutions in the 9 research clusters:

  • Culture, Technology, and Society
  • Peace and Governance
  • Integrative Resiliency and Sustainable Solutions
  • Disruptive Innovation and Smart Nation
  • Applied and Theoretical Science
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Natural Products and Biotechnology
  • Financial and Risk Management
  • Materials Science
Culture, Technology, and Society

Culture, Technology, and Society

This involves the integration of multiple disciplinary perspectives and methods to examine the complex interactions between culture, technology, and society.

  • Understanding the impacts of digital technologies on culture and society
  • Examining the social and cultural dimensions of artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Analyzing the role of social media in shaping cultural identities and practices
  • Exploring the intersections of technology, culture, and environment
  • Investigating the cultural and social dimensions of emerging technologies
Peace and Governance

Peace and Governance

Studies in this cluster promote cross-disciplinary and collaborative research that can generate new knowledge, insights, and solutions to complex societal problems.

  • Conflict resolution and Peacebuilding
  • Human rights and social justice
  • Governance and public policy
  • Peace Education and conflict transformation
  • Gender, peace, and security
  • Youth, peace, and security
  • Transitional Justice
Integrative Resiliency and Sustainable Solutions

Integrative Resiliency and Sustainable Solutions

Research studies under this cluster develop a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to enhancing the resilience and sustainability of social, economic, and environmental systems.

  • Biodiversity and Conservation Management
  • Sustainable development and management
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Food Security
  • Disaster risk reduction and management
  • Urban and rural sustainability
  • Sustainable business and industry
Disruptive Innovation and Smart Nation

Disruptive Innovation and Smart Nation

Research here requires integrative efforts to support the development of smart, sustainable, and resilient communities.

  • Disruptive Technologies include artificial intelligence, blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), and robotics.
  • Digital Governance
  • Smart Urbanization
  • Disruptive Business Models
  • Digital Transformation
Applied and Theoretical Science

Applied and Theoretical Science

This involves understanding natural phenomena and improving the ability to solve practical problems using science and mathematics.

  • Computational science
  • Environmental science and sustainability
  • Biomedical science and engineering
  • Mathematical modeling and analysis
Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

Research studies under this cluster aim to explore the complex interplay between the human brain and learning processes.

  • Learning Theories and Cognitive Processes
  • Instructional Design and Technology
  • Cognitive Psychology and Emotion in Education
  • Special Education and Rehabilitation
  • Pedagogical innovations
Natural Products and Biotechnology

Natural Products and Biotechnology

Research studies under this cluster explore the potential of natural products for developing new biotechnological products and processes.

  • Ethnobotany and integrative health
  • Discovery and identification of new natural products
  • Biosynthesis of natural products
  • Bioprocessing of natural products
  • Biomedical applications of natural products
  • Environmental applications of natural products
Financial and Risk Management

Financial and Risk Management

Research studies that fall under this category develop more effective strategies for managing and generating new insights and strategies for managing financial risks in a rapidly changing global landscape.

  • Quantitative risk modeling
  • Behavioral finance
  • Cybersecurity and financial crime
  • Environmental and social risk management
  • Strategic risk management
Materials Science

Materials Science

Studies here develop and generate new materials with improved properties and functionalities for various applications.

  • Nanomaterials
  • Biomaterials
  • Smart materials
  • Energy materials
  • Functional materials
  • Computational materials science
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