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The Makerere University Institutional Repository: Benefits, Challenges and Way Forward

Presenter 1
Eric Haumba
YMCA Comprehensive Institute, Kampala
Presenter 2
Sekikome Patrick
Makerere University

Universities function as focal points for academic research in Africa. Egwunyenga (2008) has attributed this to the fact that research is compulsory for lecturers and post graduate students by job description and mandatory academic requirement respectively. The nature of studies at Makerere University requires students to actively engage in research activities in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the degree being sought.  For academic staff, the concept of "publish or perish" has come to secure their promotion within the academic environment. Consequently, it is expected that, the volume of research output originating from the university addressing local problems in Uganda will continue to increase.  The research outputs addressing issues endemic to the region should be given wide circulation so that the results can be applied in addressing the issues that they sought to tackle. Unfortunately, these outputs gather dusts in departmental offices and library shelves without getting published (Gideon, 2008).  Subsequently, these findings die at the institutional level as those in need of this knowledge cannot access it due to institutional and external challenges associated with the Institutional Repository thus the need for an investigation into the practical benefits, challenges and  propose strategies for improvement. (Presented by WinnyAkullo-Nekesa)

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