Do research that is important not only to your region but is of international relevance - Prof. F. Perez, University of Antioquia

Prof. Fanor Perez, Vice-Rector (Research) at the University of Antioquia on Wednesday January 08, 2014 paid a courtesy call on Prof. L.W. Irungu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Production & Extension).

Discussions during the meeting, which was also attended by Prof. W. Ogara, Director Centre for International Programmes and Links and Prof. Chege Mukuria (Dept of Biochemistry) were centered on research programs, how linkages with industry could enhance the impact of universities on  society and mechanisms for increasing institutional visibility  by motivating  researchers to publish both in local as well as international journals.

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The Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University in South Africa recently held a workshop on science granting councils in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The workshop which follows a series of meetings with key people at the respective funding councils, academies, universities or ministries in 17 selected counties over the past months provided a forum that allowed the delegates to interact and discuss the findings, trends and constraints, pertaining to research funding.

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The recently held 50th Graduation Ceremony saw the number of Doctor of Philosophy graduands rise from 20 in 2000 to 94 in 2013. This is the highest number of Ph.D. students that University has graduated in a given year.

Notably, over the years, the number of female Ph.D. graduands has also been on the increase.

The Institution aims at producing quality postgraduate students. In keeping with this vision, during a recent sensitization workshop hosted by the Board of Postgraduate Studies to discuss postgraduate matters, one of the key recommendations by the participants  to be passed to the University Manangement for approval is to have postgraduate students publish their work before they can be recommended to graduate. In addition, it was also recommended for the Institution to create fora such as open seminars targeting postgraduate students.

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The Africa Coordinating Centre for Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (A.C.C.A.F) was officially launched on December 10, 2013 at the College of Health Sciences.

ACCAF formally established in 2012 was formed to champion current efforts and address the gaps in abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the Africa region. The overall aim of the Centre is to strengthen capacity in the region for research, implement interventions and monitor progress in accelerating efforts towards the abandonment of FGM and improved care for women and children suffering from negative consequences of the practice.

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“The Research Office has the mandate to disseminate research and to show its impact to the society” – Prof. Irungu, DVC(RPE).

These are the words spoken by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension) Professor Lucy W. Irungu who was  chief guest at the Nairobi branch ploughing contest that took place on Saturday October  26, 2013 at the University of Nairobi (UoN) Veterinary Farm, Kanyariri, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences  (CAVS), Upper Kabete Campus.

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