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Conference participants follow proceedings at the University of Nairobi Research Week opening ceremony.

The first University of Nairobi Research Week officially commenced on October 22, 2018, with the official opening by the Chairman of the University of Nairobi Council, Prof. Julia Ojiambo.

10 conferences with 522 research papers and projects will run through the week in different campuses. The Research Week is specifically intended to foster discussions on research activities and findings, create a platform for presentation of academic papers and showcase innovation illustrations and foster partnerships with players in the research enterprise in the various sectors.
“I am delighted that the University through the Research Week will create an environment that can enhance the research discourse,” said Prof. Ojiambo. “It is a welcome initiative which is bound to building a sound foundation for strengthened research capacity and undertaking of well-targeted research projects. In addition, I am very proud of the contributions that the University is making to development through research and sincerely hope that this initiative grows even stronger with the coming years.”
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, announced that the Research Week will be an annual event that will be held in October.
“Research is the backbone to development, providing solutions to societal problems through the transfer of knowledge and technologies, interactions and reflections. To this end, the University of Nairobi is a research intensive university with a reputation for excellence and a strong and vibrant research culture, demonstrated by the continual growth of our research capacity and research portfolio,” said Prof. Mbithi. “We have the leading knowledge development strategy and we have proof of that claim through a number of top-performing researchers and scholars. We have new programs that are attracting leading research partners and our resources are targeted at multiple fast growing areas of technologies that exist today.”
In his remarks, the acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Madara Ogot said that the Research Week is running concurrently with the 6th RUFORUM Conference.
“The conferences running from October 22nd to 26th, 2018 will cover a wide array of topics including victimology and victim support, African women’s journey towards gender equality and social cultural transformation, Africa in the emerging world order, how reforms in education through research and innovation can contribute to sustainable development, among others,” revealed Prof. Ogot.
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