To be a reputable centre of excellence in research and innovation for sustainable development
To foster a culture of collaborative and innovative research at the National University of Science and Technology that facilitates the production of socially relevant solutions and knowledge transfer.
RESEARCH AND INNOVATION OFFICE
The unit is located in the Office of the Vice Chancellor. The unit was established to assist researchers at NUST in a variety of ways; its mandates are listed below.
1) To develop a research and innovation strategic plan for NUST
2) To develop a University wide and focused research culture and agenda for NUST
3) To identify and exploit alternative sources of funding for research conducted by NUST researchers
4) To build capacity in proposal development, project implementation and report writing (including publishing in peer reviewed journals)
5) To develop a university wide mentoring programme for junior academic staff.
6) To manage the Research Board.
RESEARCH AND INNOVATION OFFICE
The unit spearheaded the formation of research clusters so as to encourage the development of multidisciplinary research projects and identify potential collaborators and mentors, particularly for young researchers.
In an effort to fulfil its key mandate of inculcating a culture of research at NUST, the unit produces a monthly newsletter. The newsletter provides a monthly update of research activities at NUST, profiles researchers at NUST and is a platform to receive feedback from the clientele of the Unit.
The unit runs seminars that aim to improve research capacity at NUST. The seminars include topics such as Identifying a Research problem, Grant proposal writing, Budgeting, Conference presentations and Ethics in research.
Research Board Management
The University has a research Board that provides small grants to academic staff to conduct their research. However, this funding is very limited and is only useful when starting new projects in order to obtain preliminary data
Research Ethics Management
The Unit services the Institutional Review Board. The Board is a committee that has been formally designated to approve, monitor, and review biomedical and behavioral research involving humans with the aim to protect the rights and welfare of the research subjects. The IRB serves organizations based in Matebeland North, Matebeland South and Bulawayo provinces.
Research Projects’ Management
Current Faculties Research Interests
The university has six faculties each of which has several departments that offer a variety of degree programmes at undergraduate and post graduate levels. All taught degree programmes contain a component involving a research project. The university also offers higher degrees (MPhil and PhD) that are based entirely on a research project. Besides the multidisciplinary research interests in the clusters, there are also a variety of research interests within the faculties.
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Biotechnology (Biofuels, gene flow, biosafety, biodiversity)
Ecology (interaction of flora and fauna)
Environmental toxicology (pesticides and metals)
Mathematical modeling of disease (AIDS, malaria, TB)
Faculty of the Built Environment
Architecture of tourism sites
Bioclimatic approach to architecture
Cultural expression of architecture
Ecological sustainable architecture
Faculty of Commerce
Agricultural technologies and sustainable livelihoods
Customer care in marketing products
Ethics and corporate governance in financial sector
Impact of economic meltdown on savings
Performance of financial markets
Faculty of Communication and Information Science
Communication for development
Electronic publication of textbooks
Records management to drive an information society
Use of radio for communication in rural areas
Faculty of Industrial Technology
Alternative energy sources (wind, solar and biofuels)
Embedded electronic systems
Industrial and manufacturing engineering (operations management)
Natural dyes and fibres for textiles
Water resources and management
Faculty of Medicine
HIV/AIDS and TB (clinical aspects)
Nutritional diseasesParasitic diseases
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