Research and Publications Directorate

Background

The principal role of the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) revolves around three key functions; namely, advancement of knowledge through problem-solving researches, dissemination of knowledge through teaching-learning processes, and providing demand-based community services. As a result, since its commencement, Bule Hora University (BHU) has been doing actively in the aforementioned basic activities.BHU research policy is derived from the Higher Education Proclamation (HEP) No. 650/2009 that governs higher education institutions in the country, BHU Legislation and FDRE Ministry of Education Directive on Research and Technology Transfer at Higher Education Institutions in Ethiopia. Thus, BHU has the mandate bestowed upon it by law to conduct research, disseminate and publish research outputs and innovations. The pursuit and encouragement of excellent scholarship and research at BHU is dependent principally upon the efforts of its academic and research staff members. Thus, through its research staff the University shall establish research centers for mutual benefit of all stakeholders. Therefore, development of such research centers can serve to attain the strategic objectives of the University, for example creating a critical mass of researchers and increasing their potential impact, enhancing research collaborations, facilitating interdisciplinary research, increasing the visibility of research at BHU nationally and internationally, increasing BHU’s ability to secure funding for major research infrastructure, and facilitating the linkages between research and education.

Research Mission, Vision, and Aim of the University

  • Mission: BHU aspires to uplift the national development needs through demand-driven researches based on the policy directions of the country.
  • Vision:   Aspiring to conduct problem-solving researches to become competent university both at national and international level.
  • Aim:      To carry out high standard researches and disseminate research outputs consistently that will contribute to the advancement of knowledge and understanding, promote the national goals of innovation, economic and social development and environmental sustainability.

In addition, the University is aimed: to advance knowledge through creative research, innovation, and creativity across a wide range of academic disciplines; to extend knowledge through innovative educational programs in which students and emerging scholars are mentored to realize their highest potential and assume roles of leadership, responsibility, and service to society; and to apply knowledge through local, national, and global engagement that will improve quality of life and enhance the economy of the country.

Research Core Values and Beliefs of the University

Research values and beliefs of BHU includes:

  • Accountability and transparency: acting within the context of the national laws and policy frameworks, we create open and transparent participatory decision-making process.
  • Positive-mindedness: acknowledging people for their contributions of research efforts
  • Commitment: always be committed to perform assigned duties at the best of our ability.
  • Collaboration and partnership: striving to build team spirit and harmony among our functional units and partners to discharge our responsibility. Engaging in and fostering effective partnerships will be our primary mode of operation and the art of collaboration will be our core competency.  
  • Creativity: promoting innovative approach in adoption of technology and dissemination research outputs.
  • Supportive culture: developing culture of being reflective in our research conduct through learning from others, past experience and encouraging new approaches. 
  • Efficiency: exerting efforts to achieve our set targets through effective utilization of human, financial and material resources.
  • Equity and gender sensitivity:  believing in diversity in all its forms as valuable asset, we advocate fair access of resources and services to all groups irrespective of sex, religion, ethnicity, physical status, etc.Excellence: valuing knowledge, creativity and innovation in all its forms.
  • Honesty and integrity: appreciate operating and discharging duties and responsibilities on research and publication matters genuinely.
  • Norms: believing that our activity would be conducted in line with recognized and acceptable University and social norms.
  • Quality: pledging to attain the highest standard in all its undertaking
  • Relevance: the researches output should be pertinent to the needs of the community.
  • Responsibility: expecting all staff to contribute their share for the betterment of community and their professional standards.

Research Thematic Areas of Bule Hora University

The main issues/topics that shall be published on the JIKDS includes:

  • Animal Production and Health
  • Plant Production and Protection
  • Natural Resources Development, Environmental Protection and Conservation
  • Engineering, Energy, Computing and Technology
  • Mining
  • Health and Medicine
  • Business and Economic Development
  • Human and Social Development
  • Quality Education for Sustainable Development
  • Indigenous Knowledge

University Centers of Excellences

The area under the auspices of the BHU (Southern part of the Oromiya Regional State including Borana and Guji Zones) are identified for their potential in both natural and cultural resources. Cognizant of this, the University has identified, mainly due to its strategic location, Mining and Environmental Protection, Animal and Plant Production, and Indigenous Knowledge as its areas of excellences. As a public university with the major research missions of alleviating societal problems and contributing to the country’s development and democratization endeavors, BHU strives to produce scientifically sound, socially relevant and empirically rich knowledge in the quest to contribute to local, regional and national agendas of addressing environmental problems and livelihood challenges, as well as preservation of cultural heritages. Accordingly, researches on these centers of excellences are highly encouraged with the maximum resource capacity of the university to attain its overall mission and vision.

Research Centers

Research center from single or multi‐disciplinary unit are organized to conduct research around a specific theme or topic, and they also be involved in undergraduate and/or graduate education and/or community outreach activities. As a result, available Research Centers are:

  • Mining and Laboratory Research Center (Guji Zone, Adola Rede Woreda)
  • Highland Crop and Soil Laboratory Research Center (Guji Zone, Uraga Woreda)
  • Animal Production Research Center (West Guji Zone, Dugda Dawa Woreda)

 

Research Centers Scope of Activities

The scope of activity for research centers established include but not be limited to the following characteristics.

  • It will bring together a critical mass of scholars, usually from two or more colleges/schools for collaborative work in a clearly defined area over an extended period of time beyond the life of one specific project. One college/school should clearly be the major driver, prepared to manage the center.
  • It may employ a small core of dedicated support staff in its own right, including a part-time or full-time worker, drawn from existing University members of staff.
  • The coordinator of the center shall report to the RPD and College/School in which the center is based.
  • The college’s/school's contribution to the center is typically a combination of financial and in-kind support (typically the provision of infrastructure).
  • External research staff affiliated with the research center are generally employed on an in-kind basis (as associate appointments) rather than on the basis of payment for services, and may co-supervise postgraduate research students (but must then agree to report through the normal channels as though they were an employed academic member of staff).
  • It will sustain internationally excellent research activities in terms of originality, significance, rigor and impact.
  • It will provide an institutional platform from which to successfully apply for grant support for projects, develop postgraduate research opportunities and establish groups of postdoctoral activity.
  • It will provide a means for collaboration with external partners at other Universities and with community and private sector researchers.
  • It will sponsor and organize lectures, conferences, colloquia and workshops.
  • It will attract academic visitors, those on research leave from elsewhere and other scholars, researchers and academic visitors.
  • It will be involved in the public dissemination of research, thereby supporting University’s work with business, government and the community outreach.
  • It will be able to attract research grants that are significant with respect to national and local norms for the thematic focus of the center and the University.
  • It may also be involved in other appropriate activities, such as working with professionals and commercial or governmental organizations to improve professional practice and publishing reports, proceedings or monographs.

Objectives of the Research Centers

The purposes of establishing a research center shall be to:

  • promote and facilitate collaborative and/or interdisciplinary research and enhancement of research networking capacity and infrastructure;
  • increase and effectively manage the resources and research support for its members and the wider University community;
  • provide education and training in research and related skills, especially for graduate and undergraduate students and thereby enhance the academic programs of their constituent academic units;
  • contribute to the University’s strategic educational and research missions and to support synergies between research, teaching and learning, and community service;
  • transfer and mobilize knowledge gained through research for the benefit of the wider society, via a variety of mechanisms as appropriate; and
  • enhance the reputation of its members, the constituent academic units, and the University through the quality of its work.