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ERIC Number: EJ954994
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1590
Towards Sustainable Research Capacity Development and Research Ownership for Academic Institutes in Developing Countries: The Malawian Research Support Centre Model
Gomo, Exnevia; Kalilani, Linda; Mwapasa, Victor; Trigu, Chifundo; Phiri, Kamija; Schmidt, Joann; van Hensbroek, Michael Boele
Journal of Research Administration, v42 n1 p38-45 Spr 2011
In lesser-developed African countries, the lack of institutionalised support for research, combined with limited career opportunities and poor remuneration, have contributed to weak research infrastructure and capacity, and a continuing brain drain to developed countries. Malawi's Research Support Centre (RSC) model is novel in that it provides a comprehensive framework for capacity building that includes the traditional components of individual skills building while developing institutional capacity to support and stimulate the research enterprise. The model also features a strong emphasis on developing a culture for sustained good research practice through adopting international research standards. Further, the RSC provides a strong element of self reliance through continued training and income generation, thus ensuring sustainability of activities. The Malawi experience suggests that the model is achieving its intended goal of sustainable research capacity development, and may be applicable to other developing countries with similar challenges. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malawi