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24 June 2017
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Strengthening Research Uptake at Makerere University

In an interview Susan Mbabazi, Assistant Registrar in the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) at Makerere University and the DRUSSA coordinator, outlines the Research Uptake activities at the university and some of the challenges in institutionalising Research Uptake at Makerere.

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Using Research Uptake as a Strategic Tool to raise KNUST’s developmental university profile

Public universities’ responsibility to contribute to social and economic development nationally and regionally in Sub-Saharan Africa is as much a crucial task for survival as it is for the economy to stay competitive and grow in order to ensure the welfare of society. This essential objective has impacted on strategies adopted by public universities towards meeting their national mandate. The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is no exception.

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Promoting Science Communication at the University of Buea

Sama Awa-Mengi has immersed herself in Science Communication and Research Uptake since being nominated as a Research Uptake Communications Officer at the University of Buea. Through the RUC2014 and 2015 coaching programmes and her participation in the CREST Science Communication course in early 2015 she has learned both the good practices and the reality of communicating for uptake on behalf of the the University and its staff.

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Experiences In Research Dissemination With Part-Time Undergraduate Interns In A Resource Challenged Setting

Sub-Saharan universities recognise the need to establish research management offices but many of these offices are challenged by a lack of resources. Professor Yogi Naik, head of the Research and Innovation Office (RIO) at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe discusses how RIO uses interns to achieve some of the objectives,  and outlines some of the remaining challenges for his office.

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University of Ghana’s Technology Development And Transfer Centre: A Platform For Academia-Industry Engagement

Building University-Industry linkages is key to the success of the uptake of new technologies and innovations. The University of Ghana has set up a new office, the Technology Development and Transfer Centre (TDTC), to promote these linkages and at the same time strengthen the capacity of researchers to produce applied research that meets the needs of industry.

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