Research, Publications & Innovations Directorate (RPI)

Research, Publications & Innovations Directorate (RPI)


MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR, RPI

First and foremost, let me sincerely welcome you to our dear University – Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU). Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) is a multinational as well as multicultural institution of higher learning, established in 1988 to serve the English-speaking sub Saharan Africa. Its establishment was after an agreement between the Government of the Republic of Uganda and the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Apparently, IUIU has spread its nexus of bridging communities through its four (4) campuses of Females’ Campus in Kabojja, Kampala Campus in Kibuli, Arua Campus in Arua and the mother Campus in Mbale.
As a University, IUIU exists for three main reasons:
1. Coaching the existing knowledge (teaching).
2. Creating new knowledge (research).
3. Participating in community service (outreach).
It is my pleasure to inform you that Islamic University in Uganda engages in teaching, research and knowledge transfer. The University envisages excellence in knowledge-based education and strives to be among the best 10 universities in Africa. Research, being a core value of the University, takes a center-stage in the realization of this goal.
As part of its implementation strategies and to realize the stated goals, the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) established the Directorate of Research, Publications and Innovation (RPI) in 2012. The University’s Vice Rector in charge of Academic Affairs supervises the RPI Directorate which utilizes the services of a Director and one Administrative Secretary.
The Vision
The vision of the Directorate of Research, Publications and Innovation is to be the best in sub-Saharan Africa while serving as a catalyst for innovation and technology transfer that are focused on development, empowering communities and solving their needs.
The Mission
The Directorate of Research, Publications and Innovation aspires to provide unsurpassed services to support management, development and promotion of research and capacity development within the University, the country, the region and the world as a whole.
Objectives
The Directorate of Research, Publications and Innovation is established to:
a. Assist academic staff to identify relevant external funding sources, and prepare
high quality applications through various channels such as research bulletins,
grant guides, online databases etc.
b. Coordinate pre and post award administration of research grants.
c. Negotiate research and research related agreements in ways that facilitate
investment, collaboration and mutual benefit.
d. Promote a greater awareness among researchers, Research Coordination
Committee and provide advice on effective intellectual property protection,
management, and exploitation.

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AGENDA

The RCC identified, in conjunction with faculty heads, sixteen (16) interdisciplinary research themes that shall improve on, the quality of and increase, research output at IUIU. These themes will enable IUIU to establish its identity at the national and international levels. The themes are expected to change as the IUIU’s directorate of research, publications and innovation expands. The rationale behind such interdisciplinary themes is to postulate a platform that shall nurture collaborative research as well as strengthen staff academic growth as together they confront multifaceted research tasks. The identified themes are listed below along with their broad meanings.
1. Islam and Development

The theme on Islam and Development seeks to bring together researchers to work together on various issues including the vast history of Islam and its peoples, the socio-economic development of the Muslim populations, Muslim education, Islamic law, Islamic Financing and Banking, etc.

2. Development and Environment

The theme on Development and Environment seeks to highlight the harmony between the two seemingly conflicting subjects. Protecting the environment and sustainable development are highly recognized today because of the interrelationship that these two concepts convey on the subject of environmentally and ecologically sustainable development. Researchers at IUIU will have the opportunity to illustrate how development and the environment should not be in opposition but rather should complement one another.
3. Climate Change

IUIU’s location in Eastern Uganda and the current landslides in the region position the university near a contemporary challenge. The Climate Change theme seeks to enhance researcher enquiry about weather and climatic changes, how these influence and/or are influenced by human activities and what evidence based solutions can be advanced to minimize their negative impact on human development.
4. Biodiversity

The Biodiversity theme seeks to galvanize the efforts of researchers on this important global issue. In line with the Development and Environment theme well as the Climate Change themes, researchers will focus on the biological diversity of planet earth including plant and animal species, microorganisms, and diversity of genes in these species, the deserts, rainforests and the tropical forests. Researchers’ focus will be in the areas of seeking alternative strategies to preserve, conserve, and sustain this diversity.
5. Waste Management

While there is need to preserve, conserve, and sustain diversity on earth, researchers need to also focus on the collection, transportation, disposal, managing and monitoring waste materials from diverse co-existence. This theme seeks to address the health problems in the developing countries that emanate from waste and its resultant effects on the environment and aesthetics.

6. Pollution Control
The Pollution Control theme seeks to bring researcher’s attention to other forms of effects of waste and to seek alternative cost-effective ways to control pollution of air, water, and land.
7. Food and Agriculture

The Food and Agriculture theme seeks to direct researcher’s attention toward the challenges of poverty that is particular driven by hunger and lack of sustainable agricultural activities and production. Investments in creative modern Agricultural techniques as a means of sustainable development and poverty eradication are critical.
8. Value Addition to Agriculture

This theme seeks to challenge researchers not just to investigate ways for sustainable agriculture but rather take African agriculture to manufacturing processes that would increase the value of primary agricultural commodities. Ugandan small-scale agricultural practices will benefit from research that continuously targets rural development strategy.
9. Risk Management

The Risk Management theme seeks to direct research attention towards the identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks. The need to minimize losses and to maximize opportunities has never been underestimated. We live in a word full of risks and uncertainties. The desire to predict and minimize such risks is central to this research this theme.
10. Science and Information Technology

This theme seeks to bring the attention of IUIU’s researchers to the complex world of Science and Information Technology. The need for efficient production and delivery of services through the use of gears that effectively stores, retrieves, transmits and manipulates data is important to the development of any organization including Higher Institutions of Learning.
11. Educational Research

The Educational Research theme seeks to enable researchers to exploit scientifically based research methods that would address the community’s most pressing education needs. Topics in this area (among others) include curriculum development; effective school management; vocational education to address the massive youth unemployment in the region; effective pedagogical strategies to enhance student achievement; quality assurance in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions; educational technology; distance learning; educational measurement and evaluation; and Muslim education.
12. Community Participation

The Community Participation theme seeks to direct the attention of researchers to pursuing alternative ways to empower the community. IUIU values the connection that higher education institutions must establish with the communities. Researchers will be encouraged to collaborate with communities on research projects that are focused on solving community needs such as health prevention and care, literacy improvement, efficient energy sources, micro-financing that is Islamic and nonpredatory, family empowerment, and marriage counseling.
13. Business and Management Science

The challenge of poverty and unemployment is on the increase in all our societies including the immediate societies around the University. This Research theme seeks to make inquiries on how best business organizations both private and public can be managed to maximize wealth and create jobs. It also seeks to find solutions to the existing challenges of the communities failing to create its own jobs and find employment for its people even when it has graduates from Colleges and Universities.
14. Humanities and Social Sciences

The field of Humanities and Social Sciences has recognised a set of themes across a range of disciplines around which to concentrate research activities. By supporting collaborative, interdisciplinary communities of researchers with shared interests, researchers continue to produce world-class, valuable researches that have real impact locally, nationally, and internationally. Researchers study the literary and cultural responses to modern war, from the eighteenth century to the present day, in national and transnational frames, and often with national and international collaborators. Special interests are on remembrance, reconciliation and identity, the book history of modern war, the history of censorship, the role of journalism in modern conflict, as well as the cultural work of distinct genres such as the military memoir, the war novel and travel writing. Carrying out studies on a cluster of researches from different disciplines and with intersecting expertise in these fields, offers a congenial environment in which to investigate the cultural mediation of war, from a range of perspectives and approaches, and with unrivalled library resources.
15. Health Sciences

The field of Health Sciences has cluster of research activities in different areas of excellence which cross the boundaries of disciplines and settings. Chronic, noncommunicable diseases are a leading cause of diseases burden in Africa and international community, and addressing the risks and determinants of these are core to research in health sciences. Programs of research are aimed at improving effectiveness, safety and quality across a range of health and human services and disciplinary practices. Areas of practice and service improvement research include, but are not limited to, the prevention, identification and management of mental illness, hospital acquired and disease specific wounds, clinical aggression, chronic diseases, medication errors and domestic violence; and, enhancing the experiences of individuals and families as they traverse the complex web of primary, secondary and tertiary health and human services.
16. Gender and Equality

Today, gender and equality research consist of a broad field of different theoretical and thematic approaches such as women’s studies, equality studies and men’s studies, as well as queer and sexuality studies. This research field has been motivated by a theoretical interest in developing gender research as a distinct domain of knowledge, along with a political ambition to address democratic change and