As a University, we are guided by our Mission of providing quality education, training, research and consultancy in Science, Agriculture and Technology (SAT) to meet the needs and aspirations of a dynamic society. This is ultimately achieved through the offering of quality education to our key stakeholders, advancing training on research and innovation to both our students and staff, which has been central in affording us the needed capacity to advance policy briefs to key policy makers in order to come up with formidable frameworks that address the challenges that we face as a society. In consultancy, the University has been able to enhance outreach programs through our Outreach and International Student Centre (OISC), which has enhanced capacity building and development to farmers within the region and beyond in areas of Agribusiness, and Blue-Economy.
This first issue of Research, Innovation and Extension Bulletin (RIEB) highlights university research accomplishments from July 2018 to June 2021. To support research, the university has formulated the following policies:
- UoE Research and Innovation Policy (UoERIP)
- UoE Intellectual Property Policy (UoEIPP)
- UoE Consultancy Policy (UoECP)
To meet our Mission, the University has increased its efforts to support funded research and innovation projects by awarding a total of KES 17 million to members of staff through University of Eldoret Annual Research Grants for the stated three years period. The awarded projects are guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Kenya’s Vision 2030, and the government’s Big Four Agenda (manufacturing, universal health care, food security and housing). The University, through the members of faculty has realised a whopping KES. 315 million from our partners and donors for the stated three-year period.
To create awareness on our various areas of research and specialisation, the University has disseminated research findings through outreach activities such as farmer field days; workshops; annual agribusiness trade fairs; agricultural shows, and exhibitions; and also, through academic forums such as conferences, workshops and publication. In efforts to support its staff; and students improve their skills, expertise, and competency, the
University held annual training sessions on a wide range of subjects. This bulletin acts as a vehicle for communicating pertinent news on research, innovation and best practices enhanced by university students and staff, and introducing them to beneficial research resources. The University will continue to foster an environment suitable to undertake research and innovative agenda.
Prof. Teresa A.O. Akenga, MRSC, MBA, MBS
Ph.D. UNSW (Australia), MSc. Bed (KU), MRSC, MBS