Research & Innovation Bulletin Issue No. 2: 2013
Mount Kenya University, Directorate of Research and Development
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Key mandates of universities the world over are mainly teaching, research and service provision. In many African countries, including Kenya, research is usually not accorded the priority it deserves. Mount Kenya University recognizes the importance of research as a key component of its mission. High quality university education involving training and research not only provides the human capital for socioeconomic development but also transforms individuals and societies in ways that reduce poverty and increase global competitiveness. In this regard, the university is increasingly striving to increase the quantity, quality and relevance of research output with a view to creating innovations that will enable the country to effectively transform its low skill-based economy into a knowledge-based economy in line with Vision 2030. The Research and Development Division was established in March 2011 with the following mandate: Research, Institutional Linkages, Enterprise and Innovation, and Community Outreach. The Division has continued to scale the heights of research and innovation by creating a research culture in the university. The Division promotes knowledge sharing with shareholders for accelerated social and economic development. In 2012, the Division made several strides in the utilization of its allocated funds by holding workshops, public debates, public lectures and most significantly facilitating members of staff to attend and present paper in national and international conferences. The Division held proposal development workshops for members of staff where they learnt the various modes of research dissemination. The Division further gave grants to members of staff in an effort to encourage them to undertake research as well as build their capacity. The Division will continue to positively impact on the lives of the community through research and innovation.