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22 September 2019
It`s Happening Here Key Research Uptake activities and successes at Obafemi Awolowo University Nigeria

The success of the DRUSSA Programme at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) has been collective efforts of the DRUSSA Leaders and Champions, as well as the Research Uptake (RU) administrators. Their work has led to the sensitisation of the principal officers of OAU, the establishment of Faculty Research Uptake administrators and the deepening of RU practices within the institution. A presentation at the 2015 WARIMA Conference Prof Olubukola Olakunbi Ojo, Deputy Director of Linkages and Sponsored Research and currently DRUSSA Champion, outlined the key RU activities as well as successes at OAU. Prof Abiodun Adediran and Prof Kehinde Taiwo were the initial DRUSSA Leader and Champion, with Prof Olubukola Olakunbi Ojo joining in 2014.  Dr. I.A. Oke and Dr A. G. Akintomide are the science communicators who have been training Faculty Representatives and Mr S. O. Adewoye the university webmaster.These key RU persons are supported by faculty and departmental representatives nominated by the Deans and the Heads of Department respectively.

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It`s Happening Here 5 500 people attended the Research Output Marketing Exhibition (ROME) at Addis Ababa University

To promote the practice of disseminating research outputs to government and commercial entities and to the wider public the University of Addis Ababa College of Natural Sciences (CNS) organized a two-day Research Output Marketing Exhibition (ROME) in 2015. The main purpose of the event was to promote Research Uptake by showcasing research findings where the potential for these to be converted into marketable commodities and/or services is being investigated. The event was also intended to promote the research prowess of the College and initiate and strengthen the ties between the College and the industrial and agricultural sectors.

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It`s Happening Here Kenyatta University has an established culture of Research Uptake

Kenyatta University continues to  build a strong and dynamic research culture that enriches academic experience, creates new knowledge across disciplines, and helps improve the economic, social, and cultural vitality of the country, region and beyond. Research continues to be an important catalyst for development and with the country’s effort geared towards middle income economy, the University recognizes that creation, adaption and use of knowledge are among the critical factors necessary for rapid economic growth and development. 

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It`s Happening Here Mauritius Higher Education Institutions and Research Uptake: Research Responses to Development Priorities

One element of the DRUSSA programme’s Research Uptake approach is to foster university higher education policy dialogue. The University of Mauritius organized a symposium on 27th November 2015 entitled, “Mauritius Higher Education Institutions and Research Uptake: Research Responses to Development Priorities”. 

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It`s Happening Here Food Security, Economic Empowerment, Improved Livelihoods – all rolled up in the Kenyan Indigenous Chicken Value Chain

Innovative research with robust recommendations for development is taking place in DRUSSA Universities – if you have any doubt take a look through the various Research Uptake Communications Campaigns run by DRUSSA in 2013, and  2014/15. Another example comes from Kenyatta University, as Violet Tindi explains,  where recommendations have been made for enhancement of productivity in rearing chickens, an important form of food security in Kenya.

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