Development Research Uptake in Sub –Saharan Africa (DRUSSA)

DRUSSA Team, University of Ibadan.


The University of Ibadan emerged as one of the 24 Universities participating in the Development Research Uptake in Sub – Saharan Africa (DRUSSA) programme after a competitive selection process involving leading institutions in Africa in 2012.

The DRUSSA programme is designed to support and facilitate institutional change within 24 participating Universities and research institutes in order to build and strengthen internal capacity and expertise in research uptake. The DRUSSA programme project team works with the 24-member implementation teams in each research-intensive university in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Mauritius, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa to accomplish this. The major mode of engagement with the international partners is through an online platform “Coffee Station” Link

Overview of the DRUSSA project activities and outputs

The project consists of four work programmes that which build and support the intervention outcome, at individual, organisational and systems levels. These are:

Work programme 1: Individual capacity strengthening

Work programme 2: Organisational and Institutional Strengthening

Work programme 3: Evaluation research and impact: case and tracking studies

Work programme 4: Engagement

DRUSSA ACTIVITIES IN THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN

v Inaugural Meeting: The University of Ibadan DRUSSA Team, its first meeting on Tuesday 25 September, 2012 at the Council Chamber, University of Ibadan. The main objective was to introduce the DRUSSA project to team members

v DRUSSA Team Visit: A team of delegates from the DRUSSA Project paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof. I. F. Adewole, FAS, in his office and were received by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof. A. I. Olayinka on Thursday, 18 October, 2012 during their visit to the University. The team also met with the UI DRUSSA team to deliberate on how to promote research uptake in Nigeria. The team was led by the Deputy Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Dr. John Kirkland, accompanied by Director, Organization Systems Design (OSD), South Africa, Ms. Diana Coates, and Dr. Sarah Grobbelaar, a researcher from Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

The group, later met with Deans of faculties and Directors of Centres /Institutes in order to secure their acceptance and maintain their commitment to the DRUSSA project.

v DRUSSA Workshop: Was held on the 19th of October, 2012 at the Centre for Sustainable Development, Awolowo Road, Bodija, Ibadan; it was facilitated by the DRUSSA Delegation team from South Africa.The objectives of the workshop were to support the Leader and the Champion in their roles in leading the initiative within the university and examine the outcomes of the benchmarking exercise. Discussions were also held on the possible follow up activities which could be organized by the university.

v Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Programme:

Two members of the UI DRUSSA team; Dr. Olanike Adeyemo of the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Mr. Olumuyiwa Desmennu of the Research Management Office attended the short courses titled” Research Uptake/Utilisation and Science Communication” which were held between 19th and 22nd November in Ghana.

Ø Feedback from the Short Courses: DRUSSA Team meeting was convened on Wednesday 30th January 2013 at the Council Chambers, University of Ibadan, to brief team members about the training on Science Communication and Research Uptake.

v Planning for Research Uptake (RU) and Science Communication (SC) Policy:

A committee was constituted, and charged with the responsibility of developing a draft institutional frame work for SC and RU in University of Ibadan, at the meeting on 30th January 2013.

v Review of the draft document: The UI DRUSSA team met on Tuesday, 30th April, 2013. The meeting was convened to present the draft policy titled: Research Communication and Uptake (RESCUP) Policy by the committee. Comments on the document were requested and the final draft is expected to be presented to the Deputy Vice Chancellor for onward presentation to the senate.

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