Strathmore University Launches Research and Innovation Strategy
“Globally, universities’ research efforts should create impact to solve current challenges and change livelihoods for the better at the national and regional level, and Strathmore’s research strategy should steer in this direction”, those were the opening remarks made by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. John Odhiambo at the close of the Strathmore Research Symposium.
In an elaborate ceremony to launch its 2017 -2021 Research and Innovation Strategy, the University outlined its research blueprint as a mechanism to propel its research agenda focusing on staff development and high quality research outputs. The Strategy launch took place on Friday November 17th, at the close of a week-long Research Symposium that saw research presentations made by various scholars in ICT, Humanities, Business, Mobile applications etc.
“Research is one of the key pillars of the University’s strategy, and the commitment in resource allocation will pay off in the long run as the institution positions itself as a partner of choice in research, consultancy and product development,” said Prof Da Silva- DVC Research and Innovation.
Prof. Timothy Waema, while making a key-note address, congratulated the Research Division stating that, if well implemented, the Strategy would catapult Strathmore into a Centre of Excellence in Research and Innovation globally, and earn the institution due recognition.
Prof. Waema – who is a member of the Strathmore University Council- explored key attributes that distinguish fine universities such as talent, resources and favorable governance, challenging Strathmore to emulate globally renowned institutions.
Prof. Waema also noted that universities with such attributes usually achieve favorable outcomes which include: quality research outcomes, a pool of experienced researchers, an engaged faculty, solutions to problems in industry and society as well as a positive image as a research university.
Others present at this event were, Mrs. Bernadette Musundi – Chair of the University Council – who assured the University of the Council’s support in regard to implementation of the strategy, and Dr. Evans Baiya, a Technology and Innovations Strategist.
The event ended with a vote of thanks from Prof. Ateya, Dean Research and Innovation, who recognized all who had made the effort to make high quality presentations at this years’ symposium.