An Assessment of The Research Capacity in one of Ethiopian Higher Education Institutions: University of Gondar

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Addis Ababa University


This study attempted to assess the research capacity in Ethiopian HEIs with particular reference to University of Gondar. To carry out this research, 'Mixed Methods Research Design was employed to comprehend the general picture of the incident. Qualitative data were obtained through in-depth interviews with six key participants from University academic staff and HESC. Questionnaire was used to gather data from 93 respondents and seconded for triangulation. These respondents were University instructors of UoG. Qualitative descriptions were done to analyze data from in-depth interviews. Descriptive and inferential statistics were processed to analyze quantitative data obtained through the questionnaire. Thoroughly, it was discovered that the majority of university instructors have good perception and conviction toward the importance of research in HEIs. As a principle, conducting and collocating research and teaching work together was critically learnt as one of the major goals of the institution. And most of them have high research confidence. But the quantity of the research projects conducted and published in the university was judged as less. So in-service research training was considered as an unavoidable in put factor to enhance the proportion of the projects as well as instructors' current research skills, practice and participation. Nevertheless, since the university does not have its own sufficient potential research method trainers, its rate plus the proportion of instructors who have ever taken inservice research training so far was not considerably good. It was also examined that the university does not have organized internal quality research audit body /system, and strict selection criteria used to select quality research projects at the university level. Some how good book publication experiences being seen in the university could signal the research competence of the institution. Yet, the status of the University in disseminating the research findings to the surrounding community looked low. For that matter, the RCS office of the University was identified as a responsible body in encouraging, managing, disseminating and utilizing the research projects. Consequently, considering some of the discovered good research deeds being shown, the research capacity of the university could be judged and concluded as some how moderate. To end with, the study recommends that the University has to organize and perform permanent in-service research training to its academic staff as compulsory task of the institution. To do so, it has to rear and possess its own potential research trainers, increase the number of instructors in second and third degrees by designing research focused post graduate curriculum. Finally, the government has to give due emphasis to research and design technology led national research policy so that all sorts of research works in higher education could be practiced in