The Office of Directed Research for Innovation and Value Enhancement, DRIVE was created to develop the research capability of the Mapua System. Research undertakings include those in the fields of chemical and environmental engineering, materials science, chemistry, electronics, robotics and information technology.

The research projects attempt to respond to the needs of the Philippine economy. Mapua steers its resources to engage in demand-driven projects. These research activities have immeasurably increased Mapua’s intellectual capital and in the future, DRIVE as the research arm hope to translate these formally into intellectual property rights. Still and all, the emergent capability to generate new knowledge brings Mapua closer to the leading-edge and to the attainment of its vision to be an international center of excellence.

Research Agenda

Mapúa supports its faculty members and students in undertaking research projects. Research colloquia are held to increase the awareness and interest of faculty members and students in research and development activities. Mapua has initiated internet, e-learning, e commerce, computational research projects and development of applications software in all engineering fields. The University is advancing a research agenda that leverages its traditional strengths as an engineering school and riding the current wave of information technologies to prepare itself to surf in the oncoming wave of biotechnologies. The intersection of IT and biotechnology, and the convergence of engineering disciplines and special concerns such as energy, environment, productivity, business management and other relevant fields of study are considered to be areas rich in research possibilities. These research objectives are the platforms that the University will use to pursue the following research agenda:

  • To pursue the support research projects that are IP-generating, sustainable, basic and applied in nature, and multidisciplinary in scope;
  • To present research outputs in international and local conferences; and
  • To publish research outputs in ISI-abstracted journals.

Vision and Mission


A Culture of research shall be established to breed the human and physical resources needed to develop cutting edge products, process technology improvements, innovations in productivity, and novel socio-economic ideas.


We shall foster the establishment of research that shall serve as basis for graduate curricula that are oriented towards generating new know-how, innovation and added value.

We shall establish research programs that are driven by local and global demand oriented along national development plans.

We shall encourage initiatives in research which has potential for spinning off intellectual property, enterprises and more developmental efforts.

We shall foster research initiatives and projects that are focused on contributing solutions to specific technological or socio-economic problems.

Terms of reference for the Research Agenda

The research Agenda of the University emerged after a review of past research activities, emerging local and global issues and concerns, the developmental needs of the University and the unique strengths and characteristics of the University.

  • The University shall also enhance existing laboratories, establish new research facilities, acquire or build experimental or analytical equipment and organize these for optimal support of research activities. There shall be mechanisms and support for research dissemination such as a research journal, colloquia, seminars and the like.
  • The University shall embark on a program of development of human resources through short-term training programs and long-term study programs.
  • The DRIVE shall lead in forging linkages, alliances and other forms of collaboration with academic institutions, government agencies, non-government organizations and industry partners to advance the research agenda of the University.
  • The DRIVE and School of Graduate Studies shall work hand-in-hand to assimilate and integrate research into the graduate curricula