Building Research Culture in young Institutions with low Research Capacity

Dr Eli Katunguka-Rwakishaya - Vice Chancellor, Kyambogo University

Many African countries have liberalized provision of higher education as a response to increased demand resulting in mushrooming new universities. Most of these institutions concentrate on teaching mainly humanities courses and conduct no research hence can not contribute to knowledge generation, a critical requirement.

Most of them also do not have Professors or doctorate holders to provide academic and research leadership. Research culture and capacity can be built by using simple techniques namely: Routine in house training workshops in research management including proposal development, grant writing, scientific writing and basic principles of budgeting and accountability; Development of Masters and doctoral programmes as this will provide opportunities for supervision; Subscription to inexpensive research databases;  Improvement of the environment in support of research Especially laboratory scientific equipment, Information and Communication Technology and library resources. Other technique include  competitive research funding to allow for proposal development training, publication development, facilitating mentorship groups and research conduct;  Institutional support for young upcoming researchers/faculty through an active research office; Providing publication avenues; Mentor match making; Research forums and departmental/faculty retreats and peer support mechanisms. Consistently applied, these techniques will cause an improvement in institutional research culture and capacity of staff.

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Room Lowther
Time 11:30 - 12:45
Date Tuesday 5th June, 2018
Theme Researcher Development
Style Workshop
Speakers Dr Eli Katunguka-Rwakishaya - Vice Chancellor, Kyambogo University