Undertake problem-solving research, urged universities
Officiating the launch of the sixth week of research and innovation at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), the former called on institutions to compile the research results and submit them to the government for action.
“This is the right time for research and innovation, we will be happy to see higher education institutions bringing us what they think is the right way to tackle the various challenges facing the country”, a he declared.
He said the government is committed to supporting innovation and research in various sectors and that a formula is being developed to ensure that young people, especially graduates, participate fully in research activities.
It is time for graduate students and academic staff to take a leading role in research, to be the source of well-researched and applicable solutions, he said, stressing that the government expects platforms research projects lay a solid foundation for research-based solutions to the challenges people face.
“We need to understand that studying helps develop reading habits and is also loaded with opportunities which, if recognized, can be of tremendous importance to the country,” he said.
He asked event attendees to come up with recommendations to use as points of reference to connect researchers and employers.
“We need to use technology to find markets for our products, but also to create jobs for young people. It will open our minds to come up with ideas on how to create more benefits, ”he said, implicitly referring to stakeholders such as employers, the private sector, entrepreneurs and policy makers.
Higher education institutions, especially research and development organizations, need to work closely with the private sector. use locally developed technologies and innovations to accelerate socio-economic development, he said.
Previously, the Minister of Education, Science and Education, Professor Joyce Ndalichako, said the ministry was working on strategies to visualize, identify and develop the innovations and discoveries made by Tanzanians, in particular at local level.
UDSM Vice-Chancellor Professor William Anangisye pledged that the leading academic and research institution will continue to invest in research to support the country’s socio-economic growth.
The UDSM conducts research and offers innovations that provide solutions to the challenges facing the public.
More funding is essential as the university has 167 pending research proposals, as so far resources have been found to fund 67 out of the number given financial constraints, he added.