In 2014, Bindura University of Science Education launched a Research and Innovation Strategic Plan (RISP) to guide research activities for the next 5 five years. The RISP articulates the guiding philosophy and approaches to support a deliberate drift towards the delivery of high quality, relevant and globally significant world class research and innovation. As proclaimed in the University’s mission statement, the University seeks to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and its practical application to social, economical, technological, cultural and scientific challenges. This mission is pursued with a vision to propel the University to become a hub of knowledge and a beacon of excellence in research. The University believes that a commitment to world changing research will inspire teaching and learning as well as dissemination of best practices. Since research and teaching are synergistic, globally significant research will enlighten teaching thereby inculcating a stimulating learning experience for the students. It is also the aspiration of the University to distinguish and promote, sustain and incentivise outstanding research performance and on the other hand discourage research inactivity for academic staff members. Principally, the University target is to address fundamental and strategically important questions and to proffer socio-economic and cultural solutions to societal challenges through national, regional and international collaborations. Since research and innovation are fundamental to the character and the standing of the University, this document, therefore, is intended to form a reference point to provide the basis for increasing research focus, intensity, relevance and impact on local socio-economic challenges and beyond.
Research, Innovation, Consultancy and Entrepreneurship
The RISP describes the measures which have been put in place to stimulate and sustain a culture of innovation administered through the Research and Postgraduate Centre (RPGC) and the Research Board. The BUSE Innovation Forum (BIF) has been launched specifically to spearhead the innovation drive. The University has defined innovation as a “novel or new solution that addresses society’s problems”. To this end, the University has identified priority research themes which are aligned to the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim Asset) and the National Research Priorities (NRPs). The thrust to support relevant research is effected through annual targeted funding initiatives such as the Business Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund (BDIEF), Vice Chancellor’s Innovation and Creativity Grant for Students, and the Competitive Research Grants. Contract research and technical advisory services guided by the Consultancy Policy provide opportunity to staff and the University to get involved in the analyses of national and institutional development issues and problems thereby becoming relevant to national development.
To ensure that research at Bindura University of Science Education is conducted with integrity, the University shall ensure adherence to relevant policies, including the Research Ethics, Plagiarism, and the Publications policies.
Bindura University of Science Education research strategic plan shall be guided by the following key results areas which seek to:
- increase knowledge transfer and dissemination of research
- increase the volume and impact of research publications
- increase the level of external grants and resources attracted by the institution
- attract research income earned from commercialization of research.