Ojukwu Varsity trains staff in grants, research proposal writing

Chukwumemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU)’s Research Management Office (RMO) has organised a three-day training for staff in the art of writing compelling grants and research proposals.

The flag-off training took place simultaneously at the university’s Faculty of Agriculture Conference Hall and the Centre for Entrepreneurship Studies, Igbariam campus recently.

Nigerian Tribune gathered that the training was an academic workshop with the theme ‘Grantsmanship and Research Proposal Writing.’

The director of Research Management Office (RMO), Professor Jonathan Chineye Ijemeje, in his welcome address, affirmed his outfit’s responsibility to manage the university’s research component, hence the training workshop was out to fulfill a part of that obligation.

He remarked that “RMO was established to equip the staff of the university with the necessary research skills to do their work effectively.”

According to Professor Ijemeje, “this workshop, organised by the RMO, is a testament to our commitment to fostering a vibrant research culture that transcends boundaries and catalyses meaningful change.

“With a focus on fostering innovation and collaboration, we aim to propel our institution to the forefront of knowledge creation, with far-reaching implications for our beloved nation, Nigeria and beyond.

“The RMO is steadfast in its mission to revitalise research activities within our university and establish a renowned research culture that attracts support from various stakeholders, including NGOs, corporate entities and governmental agencies.

“Through meticulous proposal development and strategic engagement with funding agencies, we aspire to secure the resources needed to drive impactful research initiatives.

Charging participants at the workshop, “as we embark on this journey of exploration and discovery, I urge each of you to embrace the challenges, excitement and inspiration that this workshop offers. Let us seize this opportunity to expand our horizons, deepen our understanding and forge meaningful collaborations that transcend disciplinary boundaries.

The director commended the acting vice chancellor, Professor Kate Azuka Omenugha, for ensuring a conducive environment for the programme.

Deputy vice chancellor (Academic and Research), Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Ogun State, Professor Kayode Akinyemi and director of Research and Innovation Management at the Osun State University, Professor Olukoya Ogen, who are the resource persons for the three-days training workshop underlined innovative ways and strategies for conducting enriched and efficient academic research.

They underscored the importance of university staff knowing the steps and guidelines needed to develop a good proposal and facilitate the writing of a good dissertation.

They also encouraged the staff and students present at the workshop to make concerted efforts in conducting research that would contribute to curriculum reform in a way that will help them comprehend and overcome the difficulties they confront in their daily lives.


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