About the Conference

"Aguman" is a Kapampangan word that means “fellowship”, “association”, “club” or “society” - a term used by a group of friends during their get-together. Dr. Robert V. Marcos, the Director of the Office of University Research Development, thinking of making TSU Research conferences more local and with a sense of belongingness, added the word “Belwan” which is also a Kapampangan word that means “know something” or “inquiry”. These terms were then combined which became “Aguman ning Belwan” or “Society of Knowledge.”

Aguman Ning Belwan, a collective term for the TSU Research Conferences, serves as an avenue for researchers from around the globe to gather and collaborate, forming an atmosphere that values different viewpoints and incorporates contributions from various disciplines. It strives to utilize humanity’s collective intelligence to address challenges, develop a more equal and resilient society, promote innovation, and improve sustainable growth—creating a society of knowledge.

Aguman ning Belwan started last year and was organized by the Tarlac State University, Office of University Research and Development with the theme “Fostering Resiliency, Innovation and Collaboration through Meaningful Research,” which was successfully held on December 1-2, 2023, at the Subic Grand Harbor Hotel, Subic, Philippines.

This year’s Aguman ning Belwan: 1st International Multidisciplinary Research Conference is themed “Warranting a Future-proof Society through Academic and Research Innovations.” This conference aims to (1) to provide an avenue for further exploration and development of research outputs; (2) to provide a forum for the productive exchange of ideas and sharing of experiences among academicians, practitioners, and stakeholders; (3) to provide opportunities for researchers to disseminate relevant research in a wide range of discipline within the country; and, (4) to enable participants to establish networks and mutually beneficial partnerships with professionals from other HEIs and the stakeholders across national and international borders.

Furthermore, high-value research can help us prepare for the future by keeping us abreast of new trends, technologies, and market movements. It is crucial because it enables people and organizations to foresee and adapt to the quickly changing environment of their respective industries. High-value research is essential for, among other things, globalization, market relevance, talent/skill retention, risk mitigation, adaptation, sustainability, and innovation.

The world is constantly evolving, so conducting high-value research is a proactive way to prepare for future unknowns. Integrating this into our academic and institutional culture allows people and organizations to adapt, innovate, and make well-informed decisions that can lead to long-term success in a constantly changing world.