|A New Dynamism for Research at University of Buea: Promotion of Research Collaboration and Research Uptake|
|Friday, 16 October 2015 13:33|
The University of Buea’s mission for research is to conduct research for sustainable development to provide scientific evidence and evidence-based practices that enhance the quality of life of Cameroonians. Both fundamental and applied research is done to address issues of relevance to industry, the local, national and global communities. Sama Awa-Mengi Levai outlines the University’s approach to Research and its promotion of Research Uptake.
The University of Buea (UB) is a young, but dynamic and active research university that is dedicated to excellence and ensuring relevance of its research and training to the community. It is one of nine public Universities in Cameroon and mentor to 14 private higher education institutions. The University has grown rapidly since it went operational in 1993.
It opened its doors to 780 students in four establishments and had a staff strength of less than 10. Today the University of Buea has seven Faculties, two colleges and one school, running 52 departments and 181 programmes. The student population stands at over 18,000 with an academic staff strength of over 400.
UB’s Research Planning for the 2015/2016 Academic Year
It’s a tradition that the University of Buea organises research planning days at the beginning of each academic year. These days offer an opportunity for the university to streamline its research activities according to the univerity’s spelled out vision for that academic year. This year, the university is working towards a new dynamism for research and the promotion of collaboration for Research Uptake. Research at the University of Buea, though innovative, has, in most cases not been taken up by the community. This may have been for reasons such as lack of attractive modes of communication and la ack of resources (both financial and human). Against this backdrop, University of Buea intends to highlight the uptake component of research and make research findings available and beneficial to those for whom it is intended.
At the start of the planning days, Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Research, Cooperation and Relations with the Business World, Professor Fonkeng Epah George noted in his keynote address entitled: ‘Creating an enabling environment for enhanced collaboration on research uptake at UB’, that the focus of this year’s research planning is to evaluate research projects for their suitability to promote Research Uptake in the institution.
University staff members were treated to presentations on elements of research project management,, including ‘Relevance and Getting it Right, Research Uptake and Evaluation: Strategic Approaches’ and ‘Research Uptake in Practice, a typical case study on the WECARD-CORAF project’. There were also workshops and plenary sessions on Research Collaboration and Resource Mobilisation that focused on ‘Stakes and Challenges’, ‘Strategies and Mechanisms’, ‘Grant and Proposal Writing for Emerging Researchers’ and ‘Scientific Writing and Publications for Emerging researchers’.
The over 200 post-graduate students present at the event were reminded of the fundamentals of the requirements of the Thesis Guide of the University, so that the requirements of academic writing form a strong base for subsequent research and writing for Research Uptake.
* Courtesy: Research and Publications Office, University of Buea
An examination of the subject of these projects shows that the research being undertaken at UB contributes toward research-based solutions to important national issues.
The management of the University of Buea takes a strategic approach to building and sustaining an enabling environment for the growth of research to meet the needs of the community and solve problems plaguing Cameroon as a whole, and focus on Research Uptake as an integral part of the research process.
Sama Awa-Mengi Levai is the University of Buea’s DRUSSA Research Uptake Communicator