National University of Science & Technology

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VISION

To be a reputable centre of excellence in research and innovation for sustainable development

MISSION

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

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.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Monthly Newsletter

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.

Research Seminars

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.

Industrial Liaison

 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)

Minerals benefaction

Natural dyes and fibres for textiles

Water resources and management

Faculty of Medicine

HIV/AIDS and TB (clinical aspects)

Neonatal disorders

Nutritional diseasesParasitic diseases

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  • Name: Prof F S Naik
  • Current Position:  Director
  • Previous Employment:      Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science & Health
  • Qualifications:BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
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  • Name: Dr P Makoni
  • Current Position:
  • Previous Employment: September 2004 to June 2007: Lecturer
  • Name of Employer: Department of Biological Sciences, Midlands State University,
  •  Qualifications: Bsc Honours in Biological Sciences, University of Zimbabwe, 1992, Msc In Tropical Hydrobiology and Fisheries, University of Zimbabwe, 1995, Ph D, University of Copenhagen, 2002
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  • Name:   Mrs C Dube
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  • Previous Employment:   Hillside Teachers College (Lecturer)
  • Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, Master of Educational Administration and Master of Business Administration
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  • Name:  Mrs J Mabvira
  • Current Position: Chief Secretary
  • Previous Employment:  Senior Secretary (Electronics Department)
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