The Role and Status of Research: the Case of Ethiopian Higher Institutions
Wubalem Girma Giday1, Itishri Sarangi2
1Wubalem Girma Giday, Lecturer, Ph.D Scholar, Wolaita Sodo University, Ethiopia KIIT –DU, Bhubaneswar (Odisha), India.
2Prof. Itishri Sarangi, School of Humanities, KIIT -DU, Bhubaneswar (Odisha), India.
Manuscript received on 27 August 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 03 September 2019 | Manuscript Published on 14 September 2019 | PP: 297-301 | Volume-8 Issue-5S3, July 2019 | Retrieval Number: E10660785S319/19©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijeat.E1066.0785S319
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Abstract: Research in the higher institutions’ for certain countries plays a vital role in promoting and resolving the nations’ problem by engaging its faculty members in different demand driven researches by prioritizing various thematic areas. Ethiopia has additionally been occupied with a profoundly goal-oriented exertion utilizing inquires about to adjust its advanced education framework by making joins in more straightforward help of its national procedure for monetary development and destitution decrease. This study identified the role and status of research in HEIs in Ethiopia since 2016-2018. Employing a quantitative content analysis of the quality audit reports produced based on one of the 10 quality focus areas delineated for research and outreach activities using a series of interviews, analyzed documents and visited teaching- learning resources, infrastructures and observed activities. Sampling that is availability sampling employed from all 20 (9 government and 11 non- government institutions) audited HEIs from 2016-2018. Results indicate that there are factors that are affecting research activities and output in the audited HEIs such as too much load of work given to teachers lack or shortage of budget in both government and non-government HEIs, lack of clarity in the legislation, inadequate awareness on the part of some of the academic staff that their promotion is dependent on doing researches and publishing and the likes. Furthermore, the study revealed that no clear information as to how researches are approved, and how budget is allocated in the government HEIs , inadequate research writing knowledge and skill in some young researchers and inability to launch research journals both in government and non government HEIs. Recommendations for decision and policy makers, controllers, and pioneers of advanced education establishments incorporate guaranteeing proper funds and human resource development should be in place, efficient managers and management systems, and clear research policy should be set in proper manner.
Keywords: Ethiopia, Higher Education Institutions, Research, Government.
Scope of the Article: Operational Research