Prof. Judith Achoka
Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology.
The Directorate of Research, Extension and Linkages (REL) was established in 2009 within the Division of Planning, Research and Innovation (PR&I). It is headed and coordinated by a Director who is answerable directly to Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Planning, Research and Innovation (PR & I).
The Directorate of Research, Extension and Linkages (REL) is charged with the responsibility of administering the research policy in the University. The directorate coordinates research proposal ethical review, identifying and circulating sources of research funding opportunities and bringing the same to the attention of researchers. It also ensures that researchers are provided with expert guidance in research proposal development. This ensures the staff maximizes the returns from their research activities. The Directorate has also compiled a database of University research publications and mobilized researchers from various academic disciplines to write proposals in response to calls for proposals made by various granting organizations.
One of the measures of relevance to any university is the level at which research knowledge generated from the university is converted into useful application in society. For the research to find its way to the industry and indeed the end-users, the University needs to engage users actively in order to understand their needs. The University, through the Directorate of REL needs to conduct and coordinate University exhibitions, technical meetings and other fora. It also needs to accomplish training programs and rural prospects of Community Based Organizations (CBOs), women groups, youth groups, persons with disabilities, schools, institutions and farmers.
The Directorate is also charged with the responsibility of coordinating extension services as well as consultancy services by the University to the community. In order to discharge this mandate effectively there is need to improve the existing University Extension policy as well as the policy on consultancy. Presently the policy that guides extension services by the university has several gaps, hence the need for its review. The policy on consultancy also needs review. The directorate is therefore in the process of putting the necessary systems in place to ensure that the extension policy is reviewed.
(i) To establish framework for quality research and extension in the 2013/2014 academic year;
(ii) To develop and sustain research publication culture by university staff by 5% in the next one year;
(iii) To design a policy and mechanism for research funds mobilization and budgeting by university staff in the 2013/2014 academic year;
(iv) To develop a quality extension program in the 2013/2014 academic year;
(v) To increase links with local and international partner institutions by at least 5% in 2013/2014 academic year.
To be a division of excellence in research, extension and linkages responsive to development needs of society through engagement in dynamic knowledge creation and application.
To generate, preserve and disseminate knowledge by integrating research, extension and linkages into quality programmes covering a wide variety of disciplines while engaging in innovative research, training, teaching, and consultancy.
To undertake its mission and to realize its vision, MMUST upholds the following values:
(i) Excellence: Ensuring excellence in research and service to the public;
(ii) Professionalism: Our staff shall conduct themselves with decorum in discharging their duties;
(iii) Innovativeness: To create and utilize new ideas in research and innovation ;
(iv) Integrity: we shall be committed to honest, open, accountable and transparent relationships and undertakings. Ensure strong moral principles are upheld as reflected in personal appearance and conduct;
(v) Teamwork - we shall work as a team of students, lectures, staff, parents and other stakeholders. All stakeholders and team players to be committed in their duties and responsibilities;
(vi) Equality: Ensuring that there is equal opportunity for all without any form of discrimination be it gender, race, disability, age, religion or ethnicity;
(vii) Etiquette: As demonstrated through humility, self-respect, tolerance, discipline and decorum;
(viii) Social Responsibility: Promoting awareness of and providing leadership in responding to issues and problems affecting the society.