Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) is committed to creating a vibrant environment that supports and promotes excellence in research, innovative endeavors and academic/creative scholarships within the community of the University of the Southern Caribbean, across the Caribbean region and world-wide. Through advocacy and basic and applied research, ORI advances the educational and research mission of the USC.
Our Vision is to build a dynamic research culture in the region and world-wide.
Our Mission is to serve the community by providing an environment for excellence in scientific and innovative research endeavors and academic/creative scholarship.
Our Goals are …
- To develop strong community of scholarly researchers.
- To foster innovative research strategies and the applications in various disciplines across the University of the Southern Caribbean.
- To encourage innovative scholarship that transforms intellectual capacity of the university community into extraordinary scholars and servant of God.
- To disseminate innovative knowledge and scholarship locally, regionally and internationally.
Our Services …
We have an overall responsibility for moving USC’s research agenda forward in assisting faculty, students, and researchers in capacity building for research skills, establishing and administering policies governing the research on campus and overseeing the management of research projects both internal and external. Additionally, we assist researchers seeking external funding, network with government, corporate, church and academic communities to expand the research enterprise, and channel benefits of research to the public and private sectors.
Publication: USC Journal of Research is published on annual basis. It is a peer reviewed scholarly journal that invites scholars from diverse fields to publish.
USC Institutional Review Board (IRB): We approve research projects through IRB for faculty, graduate, doctoral students and independent researchers who choose USC community as a field for their research.
Innovative Research Strategies: We provide platform through our monthly Academic Forums to present and discuss innovative ideas and ground-breaking research being conducted by faculty and students that can be implemented in their schools or form part of policy making at the national level.
Skill-based and hand-on training sessions: We are building capacity and developing synergy among researchers through skill-based and hands-on training/short courses on literature review, designing a research, data collection and analysis, report writing and techniques of presentations, research ethics and academic integrity.
Networking and Collaboration: We network and collaborate with research institutes at local and regional. Seventh-day Adventists and international universities.
Research Support: We provide support system to researchers, graduate and doctoral students through our monthly Writing Lab sessions and at any other times by appointments.