University Conducting 150 Research Projects

University Conducting 150 Research Projects

 

   Addis Ababa, July 15, 2001 (WIC)-Researchers in various faculties of the Addis Ababa

   University (AAU) are involved in more than 150 research projects, the University's Research

   and Publication office disclosed.

 

   Professor Endeshaw Bekele, Head of the Office, said the research projects are being financed

   by a 50 million birr funding, secured from AAU's own sources, donors and revenue from

   publications.

 

   He told WIC that instructors in various faculties are required to dedicate about a quarter of

   their time to research activities, as part of the University's Commitment to research and

   development.

 

   Similarly  about 75 percent  the work of those in research centers affiliated to the University

   must constitute research , Professor Endeshaw said.

 

   He further said Research activities at the University, which numbered less than 20 prior to the

   lunching of 2nd and 3rd degree programmes, have grown tremendously, and have now

   researched 150.

 

   According to the Head, the University conducts its research activities against several

   challenges, which included financial and material constraints.

 

   Research activities are also being impeded by the absence of a research fund at the AAU,

   Prof. Endeshaw said adding that whatever funding is obtained through the researchers

   themselves could not be utilized properly because of red-tape inherent in the University's

   procedures.