Enhancing the visibility and accessibility of research
Kabugu, Agatha N
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Universities play a key role in the advancement of knowledge which is vital for the development of key economic and social sectors in any country. The Kenyan Government has identified key priorities for the research sector and has set them out in the framework of Vision 20301 as strategic issues that will drive the country in the achievement of national and global competitiveness. Universities and research organizations in the country have been identified as major players in intensifying innovation through research and development and the government has committed to increase funding for these activities. At the University of Nairobi, the largest university in the country with a student population of over 55,000 (10,000 at graduate level) and over 1,600 teaching staff, activities revolve around four strategic issues: resources and governance; teaching and learning; research, innovation and technology; and competitiveness.2 To achieve competitiveness in research, innovation and technology, it has been necessary for the university to reposition itself on the global map ‘to be at the cutting edge of intellectual and scientific development’.3 This can only be achieved by ensuring that our researchers have the best access to scientific information and that their own research output is widely visible and accessible.