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  • Workshop report: Strengthening Research Management Structures in African Universities Reports
  • A workshop on the Carnegie Programme to Strengthen Research Management Structures in African Universities was held from 11-12 May 2007 at the North West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa, following a benchmarking survey conducted by the ACU. All the participating universities (five Carnegie partner universities, four MacArthur Foundation partner universities, and four additional ACU member universities) participated in the initial benchmarking survey. The survey was intended to assess the level of research management activity and to develop a future programme of action. The report unpacks the content exchanged in each of these sessions based on a process of having two or three short introductory presentations on the topic, considering some discussion points to narrow down the discussions, and summarising the outcomes on the particular topic in terms of a qualitative discussion or a graphical model.
  • Anton Botha John Kirkland Patrice Ajai-Ajagbe Paul Waugaman Peter van Eldik
  • May 2007
  • Carnegie Research management South Africa
  • Research management
  • International research management: benchmarking programme Reports
  • The benchmarking exercise reported in this document sought to facilitate this process amongst 15 universities from nine countries. In most cases, as responses from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the United States, New Zealand and South Africa suggested, the basic issues were familiar. There was much common ground in the environment in which universities were operating, and the processes that they were developing in response to this. The exercise utilised a benchmarking process, unique to the ACU and designed specifically for use in university management processes.
  • The Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • May 2006
  • benchmarking HEFCE Research management
  • Research management
  • Managing university research: the case of India Reports
  • This is the report of the second research management programme seminar, which was held in Goa, India, in 2002. The main purpose of the seminar was to compare approaches and structures between participating universities at every stage of the research process - starting with the attraction of research grants and establishing collaboration, through contract negotiation and monitoring of progress, to closure of projects, identification of key results and their commercial exploitation, or dissemination to wider society. In each case, discussion focused on the key question of whether the central university could assist the process, and if so what practical measures could be adopted.
  • The Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • May 2002
  • benchmarking India Research management
  • Research management
  • Research management in African universities Reports
  • This report publishes the results of the first research management programme seminar, held in Durban, South Africa, from 1-3 April 2001. The seminar brought together representatives of eleven universities - five from South Africa and six from elsewhere on the continent - deliberately chosen to reflect different levels of current provision. The purpose of the event was twofold. First, it gave participants an opportunity to benchmark current activities in detail, and identify specific areas for development. Second, it provided the programme organisers with valuable insight into the current level of activity and barriers to further progress.
  • Jasmine Sultan John Kirkland Julie Stackhouse
  • April 2001
  • Africa Research management South Africa
  • Research management