The Research Committee serves as a liason between persons engaged in research and the Administration of the School.

THE RESEARCH COMMITTEE OF THE ACADEMIC BOARD

TERMS OF REFERENCE

In order that research activities within the University may be encouraged, coordinated, funded and monitored efficiently, the Academic Board set up a Research Committee under the following

terms of references:

(a)To promote and encourage research and development;

(b)To formulate an overall research policy and appropriate guidelines;

(c)To allocate funds for research and development within the University;

(d)To prepare an annual report on the research conducted by the University.

CONSTITUTION

Ex-Officio Members

a.Vice Chancellor

b.Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic)

Appointed Members

c.One person appointed by the vice Chancellor who shall be the Chairman of the Committee

d.Six persons appointed biennially by the Academic Board

RESEARCH COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Ex-Officio Members

Dr Albert Schram

Associate Professor Augustine Moshi

Appointed Members

Associate Professor Augustine Moshi(Chairman)

Professor S . Akanda

Dr. G. Arpa

Dr. K. Pirapaharan

Dr. K. Mulung

Dr. S. Gopalakrishnan

InAttendance

Deputy Bursar

Mr Gabriel Paul, Executive Officer

 

Research Committee Guidelines

The Papua New Guinea University of Technology produced its first Research Committee Guidelines in 1986. The Guidelines were revised in 1994 with the aim to promote research activities in line with the Mission of the University. The following activities were emphasized for promotion of research.

  • Monthly Research seminars
  • Quarterly Research Newsletter: Research NIUS
  • Short Term Research Fellowships
  • Consideration and approval of Research Project grants
  • Consideration and approval of Conference Funding for presentation of papers

The research activities mentioned above suffered a number of setbacks due to financial problems encountered by the University since the floating /devaluation since 1995 of the PNG currency Kina. In real terms, the State grant to the University at one stage was reduced to just about 50%. As a result, there has been high turnover of qualified academic staff, mainly expatriate. Some national staff also left the University for Jobs in industry which offered better remuneration package. Consequently, Research NIUS was discontinued due to lack of contributions from academics, Short Term Fellowship was not implemented due to shortage of fund, and research grants and conference funding were severely limited. In pursuance of the strategic goal of scholarship character improvement of the University, research and postgraduate teaching activities were gradually improved since 2005 due to better State grant and more favorable exchange rate. Academic departments were encouraged to offer postgraduate programs including those based on research. Introduction of Graduate Assistantship Program (GAP) to encourage national staff to undertake postgraduate studies, and revision of research and conference funding are among some of the initiatives undertaken by the Research Committee since 2005.

The Research Committee has again reviewed the research policy document with the objective of promoting research activities leading to enhanced research culture in the University. The new policies stipulate development of a corporate research plan, mandatory research plans

in all academic departments, promotion of departmental seminars, restoration of University Seminar series, increased upper limit of research funding for postgraduate research, allowing GAP scholars to attend in-country conferences, increased level of conference funding . In addition, academic departments will be required to identify research focus areas relevant to Papua New Guinea. Young researchers will be given training in research Methodology, proposal writing, scientific writing, etc. The revised policy has been approved by the Academic Board.