|Snapshot: University of Buea’s has a multifaceted approach to grow Research Uptake Management capacity|
|Friday, 11 July 2014 15:06|
Vice Chancellor Dr. Nalova Lyonga presented at INORMS2014, discussing University of Buea’s cooperative structure that is strategically gearing up to get increasing research into use.
Profile and Environment
There is high-level strategic imperative regarding University of Beau’s Research Management, with an emphasis on a co-operative culture. In recognition of the need to align research to uptake needs, a presidential decree orders that the eight public universities in Cameroon must create, define and/or modify the organization of their research and training. The ministry of higher education provides content and structure to this national vision, while a ‘University Business World Charter’ outlines that training provided at the university needs to be relevant to the needs of the country’s productive sector. This applies to setting of curricula, giving priority to needs-based research, funding, student internships, etc. To support this imperative, there are 21 special research units, centres and networks spread across all University of Buea’s establishments and affecting teaching and research in 88% of all disciplines.
Strategy and policy
The university is currently following its Institutional Strategic plan, which runs from 2007 to 2015. With a strong focus on optimizing Research Uptake, the university’s Research Policy and Management Guide is under revision, as is its Research Strategy. To facilitate the alignment and support of strategic research a Co-operation Policy was recently developed and submitted to senate for adoption.
Research Management and Support
Research Management at University of Buea has a hybrid structure, characterized by a shared responsibility for different research and Research Uptake roles. Responsibilities are shared amongst the VC, DVC/RCB and team, with Deans playing an important role in appropriately aligning their faculties research to social and business needs, and to fostering a cooperative environment.
Developing RU Capacity: A supportive internal framework
Growing Research Uptake capacity at the University of Buea is a priority, supported by internal structures and resources. These include a Higher Education-Business World Charter and a ‘Research Modernisation’ grant that has the overall goal of enhancing the academic core. Also, staff mobility grants to academics aimed at promoting collaborations to facilitate Research Uptake, especially with centers of excellence; and organization of an annual University-Business forum, with the support of MINESUP (Cameroonian Ministry of Higher Education) and an evaluation team. Other measures that support the development of RU Capacity include the strategic and systematic integration of internships at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The university is now offering professional training programmes to an increasing proportion of postgraduate students, while, University wide, entrepreneurship training modules are accessible to postgraduate students. As an RU measure, these will increase the quality and quantity of research put to use.
External RU Capacity building support
The University of Buea is involved in UB-Manchester and UB-Benedictcapacity building relationships. In the field of Health Research the university is supported by TDR for research on diseases of poverty, ECTDP and CANTAM. In terms of capacity building for management, UoB is involved in RIMI 4 AC, the IDRC’s URG project, the United Action for Children STARS project and the DRUSSA.
Building Research Uptake Communication and media reach
Various communication pathways are being developed to reach stakeholders. These include Open Days, research planning days and Faculty expos, community research centers for university-community or research relationships, and designing student internships to facilitate dialogue and feedback.
Local leaders are encouraged to disseminate information through their indigenous languages. Translation methods draw on those used in churches. Our culturally rich tools of drumming, dancing and theatre are used to achieve pedagogic goals.
Traditional media does feature as part of the University’s communication approach, with radio, TV (with its limitation) and print media, such as the BUN Buea University Newsletter, used for Research Uptake purposes. But oral tradition is still the best communication practice to draw on to facilitate good research uptake and we are aware that there is great potential for us to positively exploit this further. Currently, we are poised to evaluate the good practices in regard to oral tradtion as used in the many projects that UB presently houses.
Find the original presentation at http://www.drussa.net/getfile.php?id=2393
Vice Chancellor Dr. Nalova Lyonga
*This blog is an adaptation of the original presentation by Prof. Lalljee, and was informed by the background notes that accompanied his presentation. It was curated and prepared by Louise McCann of OSD, on behalf of the DRUSSA project