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22 August 2017
Research Uptake for societal empowerment and sustainability

A two day Research Uptake Sensitisation and Planning Event was held by the DRUSSA Universities in West Africa, and hosted by University of Ibadan. There were thirty delegates from Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Calabar and University of Ibadan. Professor Oyeronke A. Odunola, Director of the University of Ibadan’s Research Management Office, who coordinated the event, reports on the success stories and challenges that were shared.

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Research Uptake Management Working Group – RUMWG

The RUMWG group will soon commence work on ‘Edition Two: A Framework  for Strategy - Institutionalising Research Uptake'

With the benefit of a third year of experience in guiding activities for organizational change, advocating for resources, and embedding institutional Research Uptake capacity requirements into policy and practice, the Research Uptake Management Working Group (RUMWG) convenes again in November 2015 to update and extend the subject matter of the Framework for Strategy. The second edition will be published and disseminated in March 2016.

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Southern African DRUSSA Regional Meeting

The DRUSSA team visited a number of Southern African universities during September, and in October met with the University of Botswana (UB), University of Zambia (UZ) and the Zimbabwean National University of Science and Technology (NUST) at a regional workshop held at the University of Botswana. DRUSSA.net interviews Dr B. Mogodisheng Sekhwela who provides an overview of the discussions.

 

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Knowledge Transfer at the University of Mauritius

The University of Mauritius has set up a Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO), which aims to provide a strong link between the university, government, industry, and the broader community. This will increase the visibility of research conducted by academics and make it more accessible, a key part of Research Uptake Management (RUM), which is at the core of the DRUSSA Programme.

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Another point of view - research uptake isn’t all media buzz

The DRUSSA team recently visited a number of Southern African DRUSSA Universities and conducted workshops with Research Uptake teams on campus. Lauren Kansley, from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, talks about the workshop she attended and how it has influenced her thinking about the role of media liaison in the Research Uptake process.

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