Postgraduates Challenged to use Research to Transform Society

Postgraduates Challenged to use Research to Transform Society

The University’s Postgraduate Graduate School welcomed more than 100 new and continuing students to the 2024 academic year during the school’s orientation program last Friday.

The theme of the event was Aspiring Individual and Community Excellence in Research and Innovation.

The Postgraduate students were posed with the challenge to address current societal issues by identifying problems, conducting research and providing solutions that can be transferred down to the village to improve the livelihoods of the people. Vice Chancellor Professor Ora Renagi who was present at the occasion said universities are knowledge hubs where they continue to generate new knowledge through research. “My challenge is that this knowledge must be transferred down to the village to improve their standards of living,” he added. “Students should look at the problems in society and ask yourself a research question, conduct the research and bring in the solution to address those issues. And the measure of the success of your work is the impact that it has on the society,” Professor Renagi said.

Acting Dean of the Postgraduate School Professor Cletus Gonduan shared similar sentiments stating that students should capture the opportunity to transform their society. “You are given the opportunity to come here and learn the art and science technology to transform your communities.” Prof. Gonduan said from his time serving in the Postgraduate Committee, he has seen that students lack time management. He urged students to manage their time wisely in doing their research and completing their studies in the required study period.

The Postgraduate School registered 121 students for the first semester and expects to register more students come second semester.