More than 20 staff members participated in the retreat to develop and complete their research writing, articles, chapters, proposals and theses. Over the years, NUST has taken a number of significant steps to bring greater focus on research and innovation efforts and to increase research output. These steps include developing the necessary policy framework and implementing several strategies to foster a culture of research and innovation.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, Dr Andrew Niikondo, welcomed the participants and urged them not to be discouraged by financial constraints. “Ideally, this gathering would be held off campus, but because of budgetary limitations, this is not possible.
However, use this time wisely and pick the brains of the established researchers and ensure our research endeavours contribute to the economic and social development of the country,” Niikondo said.
Besides freeing up the busy schedules of the participants to focus on research, the retreat was also aimed at particularly providing assistance to writers who are stalled, isolated, off-track or working towards the completion of a project. Each of the six NUST Faculties was represented by a mentor who provided expertise in an assortment of research areas.
The next retreat is scheduled to take place in the second semester of this academic year.