Meru University of Science and Technology has well established Directorate of Research which focuses on co-ordination and provision of policy direction in conduction, management and utilisation of research for humanity and sustainable social-economic development.
The Directorate is a critical division of the University and has a wide mandate that includes overseeing and facilitations of extensions, collaborations, consultancy services, documentation, publications and dissemination of research findings through seminars and conferences.
Since its inception, the Directorate has actively developed processes, procedures and programmes to fulfil University Vision and Mission to strengthen research in education and training.
The Directorate promotes and supports research and training through activities on broad thematic areas including but not limited to: Agriculture, Natural& Biological Sciences, Engineering, Energy, Mining, Health, Information technology, Business and Social Sciences.
Objectives of the Directorate are aligned to University vision and Kenya’s Vision 2030 including improvement of basic infrastructure and structures for increased research capacity and performance and design of effective regulatory and quality assurance systems that encourages excellence in research.
Through the Directorate, the University has invested heavily in research by establishing local and international partnerships and collaborations; initiated internally and externally funded projects, exchange programmes and participated in conferences and seminars to share research findings.
In the three years of its operations the Directorate has funded over 20 internal research projects some of which have been completed, others are under implementation, developed a research policy, established tripartite research initiative with two local Universities (Chuka and Kimathi Universities), established research collaborations and partnershipswith international Universities; University of Michigan, USA, Hohenheim University and University of Ulm in Germany.
The Directorate believes in forums for the exchange of knowledge and expertise with other researchers. In partnership with other schools in the University or independently, the Directorate has organised for such forums in form of local and international seminars, workshops and conferences.
In November 2013, in partnership with School of Agriculture, the Directorate successfully organised for an internationalHorticultural Association of Kenya (HAK) conference. In June 2014 the Directorate teamed up with University of Michigan researchers to train staff, students, local and international audience on health issues and grant writing during a two day workshop held at Meru University, Meru town campus.
Meru University academic staff have also established themselves as researchers by competing for funding from local and international funding agencies. This shows that the research capacity is destined to greater heights.
Other than research institutions, the University and its research arm continue to engage local industries to implement the research ideas generated by the staff and students.
Among future plans by the Directorate is to establish innovation centre, organise for a National and International conferences, establish more linkages and start a University journal.
2014/2015 MUST-FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS