Research and Development capacity building at Higher Academic Institutions as an innovative solution to enhance economic growth: A case for NUST in Zimbabwe.

Goriwondo, William M. (2010) Research and Development capacity building at Higher Academic Institutions as an innovative solution to enhance economic growth: A case for NUST in Zimbabwe.

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Official URL: http://ir.nust.ac.zw/xmlui/handle/123456789/143

Abstract

Proceedings of the 4th Engineers Without Borders International Conference, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 10th ? 14th November 2010.,Countries that are innovative and engage in massive Research and Development (R&D) activities are emerging as super economies. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the great untapped potential contribution to economic growth through R&D by departments at universities. Literature review on R&D was undertaken and used as a basis for introducing summary of examples of research case studies that have been done. There is need for organizations to be innovative, to research and to develop new products, processes and systems. What worked for us 20 years ago will not work for us today and in the future. ?Products are born; they live, and they die?. The challenge is to have products that are always alive and fetching money for the organization besides negative influence by factors such as economical, sociological, technological and political changes. This paper outlines an opportunity for breaking away from the traditional way of doing things through fully utilizing the potential that lies within institutions of higher learning. It highlights one such involvement by the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe through students, lecturers and research staff. Organizations lack the ingredients for catching up with the pace of technology advancement because they do not have dedicated resources for R&D. New product development and process improvements are not being done through ?focused teams? but are embedded in other operations functions. The many universities and colleges in Zimbabwe have unutilized capacity for innovation, research and development but face a multitude of challenges. The paper concludes with an R&D proposed model for universities, industry and commerce that can enhance utilization of universities in R&D.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Research and Development,Capacity building,Economic growth,Higher Education Institutes
Divisions: Universities > State Universities > National University of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Mr. Edmore Sibanda
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2015 02:32
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 02:32
URI: http://researchdatabase.ac.zw/id/eprint/1334

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