By Confidente Reporter
THE International University of Management and National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) last week signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen research and development at the institution.
IUM acting vice chancellor, Professor Kingo Mchombu said the university is keen to undertake scholarly research which will assist it to compete and collaborate with other universities and research centres both locally and internationally.
He further said that, research is the lifeblood of academia because the whole purpose of academic institutions is to generate new knowledge that relates to problems facing the country.
“At IUM we are keen to advance the theme of innovation and entrepreneurship. We shall strengthen the research component of innovation and entrepreneurship. We are working really hard to ensure that when our students get out of IUM they have innovation and entrepreneurship skills,” he said.
NCRST Chief Executive Officer, Eino Mvula, said his organisation will provide resources through the Research, Science and Technology Fund for joint funding of planned collaborative efforts and manage the research and development grant in line with the grant management rules and guidelines of the fund.
Former Deputy Director of Tourism and Planning at the Ministry of Environment, who is now IUM head of research Dr Rukee Tjingaete, said the research division is a fast growing unit and is responsible for the stimulation of a research culture at the university.
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