The first ENRICH training workshop on “Research Support Offices and Policies & Procedures” has been hosted at Makere University, Kampala, Uganda, from 17th to 19th February 2015. This workshop was co-organised by Makerere University and the University of Alicante (UA), coordinator of the ENRICH project.
The workshop has provided good practice examples and has stimulated discussions around the following main topics: research evaluation, research management and innovation and has been provided by the ENRICH EU partners, Glasgow Caledonian University and UA. It has ben combined with a coordination meeting, in which UA presented the up-to-date workplan and goals of the ENRICH project and the future workshops that will take place in Kenya and Tanzania.
The main objectives of the training were:
- To develop a strategy for developing and measuring research excellence;
- To conceptualise the structure of a knowledge transfer office and be able to write an engagement strategy;
- To understand the context of innovation and the university’s role within the innovation ecosystem.
- To develop a process for measuring commercialisation potential of the technologies within partner universities.
The workshop was attended by more than 20 people, the ENRICH Higher Education Institution (HEI) partners from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, as well as two representatives from the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology.
Participants (top management and researchers, particularly in the energy field) will be involved in the establishment of three Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Support National Network, one in each partner country (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) and will adapt the training content to local context so they can replicate the training received within their universities.