The University Management was today sensitized by Thomson Reuters Team on the best ways to publish on high impact journals. The sensitization was at Central Catering Unit, CCU, today, February, 23, 2016.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, the University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Peter Mbithi, who was represented by Prof. Henry Mutoro, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs , noted that Universities are looking at building capacities to help them achieve world class status and to promote their countries' economic growth. He underscored the importance of networking with other universities as they work on their research agenda.
Ms. Joy Owaga, the lead trainer from Thomson Reuters Team noted that Kenya has produced over 32,000 research papers mostly from the fields of agriculture, medicine, social sciences and life sciences. She urged the University researchers to embrace internationalization to help their publications have high citation index, have impact and attract funding.
The researchers were advised to work hand in hand with Intellectual Property Office and register their patents early. She cautioned researchers against losing their patents like it has happened with Mpesa, Kiondos, Maasai Shuka which lost their patents to United States of America, Japan and Germany. By protecting inventions, patents, the University can easily become a world class.
In order to attract funding, the researchers were challenged to embrace multi-disciplinary approach in their research agenda and develop local journals like Ethiopia and Rwanda have done by heavily investing in the higher education.
While comparing Kenya to China, Ms. Owaga noted that the government of Kenya allocates two percent of its Gross Domestic Product to research and development ( R & D) compared to China which allocates 85% to research and development. She urged the government to invest in higher education and boost research funding.
The sensitization program focused on members of the University Management Boead, Deans and Directors and Heads of Departments. Going forward, several Colleges, Schools will be trained on how best to have their research publications in high impact journals.