The Eswatini Medical Christian University (EMCU) has been in existence for about five years. It is still at a stage of creating and sustaining a culture of excellence in teaching and learning. One of the university’s strategic goals is to generate new knowledge through innovative thinking and research. In order to accomplish this goal, we realize that there is need to establish appropriate structures and sources of funding to enable staff and students to carry out research activities.
At EMCU, the three major functions of a university are identified as: research, teaching and community engagement. . A scientific research committee has since been formed. The major activity of the committee at this stage is review of students’ research proposals. EMCU acknowledges that students investing in higher education must be given exposure and opportunities to be able to use all that knowledge to evolve themselves as well as be able to contribute in the discipline with better research, studies and other discoveries made.
We also recognize that scientific research helps students develop critical reasoning skills and that such skills are helpful for any field of higher education. It is our view that the University Research Committee shall bring all elements of institutional and faculty research to enhance and deploy University resources in support of research and scholarship. Further, the role of the University Research Committee shall be to encourage and support faculty and students in engaging in scholarly activities. Scholarly activities are defined as applying for research grants, conducting research, applying for patents and copyrights, and disseminating research results through presentations in local, national, and international conferences and publishing in peer-reviewed publications.