Unam surpasses research output targets

12 Oct 2016 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 12 OCT (NAMPA) – The University of Namibia (UNAM) has surpassed its research output target of 195 studies by publishing 185 in the first six months of the year.
UNAM Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Development, Professor Kenneth Matengu revealed this achievement on Wednesday during the fourth annual Research and Innovation Day held under the theme 'Innovative Research for a Healthier Future'.
Students working towards a Masters or Doctorate carry out research which is celebrated on this day.
Matengu said the target for publishing research was set at 195 studies for the first-year under the 5-year Strategic Plan from 2016 to 2020, of which 185 were published in the first six months of this year.
“In the next six months, we expect to double this target.”
Some of the published research is in Geology, Earth and Health sciences, and Agriculture.
Matengu said research at UNAM is conducted not only to publish the findings but also to contribute to the development of policies in Namibia.
“These research projects are not just publications in scientific journals and books; we task our researchers to do policy briefs out of those research,” said Matengu adding the findings and their relevance to Namibia’s national development is also noted.
One of the research projects on renewable energy produced findings that have been applied practically through the procurement of three wind turbines at Lüderitz.
“What is just needed now is to connect them to the community to start supplying power.”
Another research project that resulted in the manifestation of something for the benefit of Namibians was a study of the Ganoderma mushroom.
“We know that they are every strong immune boosters and we are now at a stage where we have the capsule that will be used for people with compromised immune systems.”
He, however, stressed that Namibia needs a national platform where research is applied to policy making and where researchers, policy makers, decision makers, implementers, and beneficiaries engage with each other.
The annual Research and Innovation Day is held for post-graduate students to present their research projects and share ideas with a panel of professors.