The Directorate of Research & Innovation joins hands with the entire University to congratulate and commend all graduands at this 4th UoE graduation ceremony for successfully completing their studies occasioned by them being present at this sitting.
The Directorate of Research & Innovation at the University of Eldoret is responsible for the realization of research and innovation performance of the University’s research strategic issues. It is the focal point for all the research activities and innovative technologies undertaken at the university. The Mission of the Directorate is to promote the discovery and Invention, Application and dissemination of knowledge through quality research and Innovation.
The University of Eldoret’s vision is to be a premier University that is globally visible in knowledge generation and technological innovations. To achieve aspects of this vision, the University disbursed its first Research Funds in a bid to build and enhance the research capacity amongst its staff members. Fourteen projects were funded to a tune of Kshs. 7 million with 7 projects headed by Junior researchers, 5 by senior researchers and 2 innovative projects. In future the Directorate plans to put more emphasis on development of proposals that focus on innovation and invention. In addition to the internal research projects, UoE continues to enjoy support from external funders and in 2015/2016 we received external funding for 7 research projects.
Publication and dissemination of research findings
As more students and staff engage in research more research publications are being published in reputable journals around the world. Seventy six (76) publications have been recorded in our database and we are still counting. Researchers are encouraged to also make themselves and their work visible by registering on the Google scholar and Research Gate platforms. Research results were disseminated through both local and international conferences. Over 65 papers and posters were presented in conferences by students and staff of UoE. In September 2016, UoE hosted the 3rd International Interdisciplinary Conference on “Innovative Research for Sustainable Development”. The conference brought together researchers from 36 institutions from Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria. Approximately 250 papers were presented in 20 sessions under 8 sub-themes. This was one of the best organized functions in the short history of UoE. The Directorate facilitated two outreach activities where farmers from around the University were trained on modern agricultural technologies in horticultural production with a bid to help them improve their production and earn higher incomes.
The 1st UoE inaugural lecture was presented by Prof. Miriam Kinyua, titled: “The Affliction of a Wealthy Nation: Food Insecurity in the Midst of Plenty”. Another two public lectures on research were presented by Professors from Universities in Germany and Belgium. This culture of making public lectures by both internal and external scholars and personalities will be enhanced to gear UoE towards being the Flame of Knowledge and Innovation.
Building research capacity
The capacities of staff and postgraduate students on writing grant winning proposals, research ethics and accessing research e-resources were enhanced through a series of seminars and workshops organized by the Directorate.
To give a platform of expression to innovators and inventers of UoE, the Directorate plans to organize an Innovation day to show case the innovations and inventions developed by undergraduate, postgraduate students and staff. We hope various stakeholders especially industry will use this opportunity to scout for potential technologies for use or forge collaborations with UoE researchers for future work. The Directorate will continue to organize and facilitate the research capacity building efforts amongst its staff and postgraduate students to attain the levels of high quality research that the University aspires to achieve.
Prof. Vincent Sudoi
Director, Research & Innovation