Vice President for Research and Community Services

                   Vision, Mission and Goals of Research, Community Services and Technology Transfer

Strategic objectives that may enable WSU to achieve its research, technology transfer and community services missions are derived as follows:


Aspires to achieve excellence in research, technology transfer and community services.


Brings economic, social, intellectual, and cultural developments by conducting academically rigorous and socially meaningful research, by disseminating knowledge and technologies and through rigorous community services.


  • Builds economic and intellectual capacity of individuals and communities by conducting top-quality applied and basic research in national priority area
  • Provides sustainable and meaningful community services that enhance community wellbeing
  • Transfers new, profitable, productive and manageable technologies to industries and the nearby communitieDisseminate research, technology transfer and community services outputs through publication and various media (journals, proceedings, webpage, conference, workshops, public lectures, FM Radio, etc.


Our research, technology transfer and community services efforts will be guided by the following key values:

  1. Innovation and enterprise: We strive to extend the frontiers of knowledge through innovation and creativity, which are the cornerstones of our efforts.


  1. Excellence: WSU is performance-driven and works towards the pursuit of excellence at all levels and in all disciplines, within a research environment characterized by curiosity, excitement and intellectual freedom.


  1. Engagement through collaboration: WSU is committed to developing interdisciplinary collaborations through interactions among our academic community, from within college/school and across colleges/schools. We strive to form strategic external collaborations and strong alliances with academic and knowledge intensive industry/agency partners nationally and internationally.


  1. Commitment to our research community: WSU is committed to rewarding staff members who achieve international recognition and show the highest quality in their research, through our promotion and award systems. We endeavor to support and encourage staff members, particularly young members, who are striving to develop their research to this level. We will enhance the research environment and career opportunities for our young graduate researchers.


  1. Commitment to wider Community: Through research activities, we seek to contribute to social empowerment through the advancement of knowledge and the enhancement of quality of life in the local and national community. In particular we seek to promote the development of greater civic engagement through community and knowledge exchange to the benefit of the community and the university alike. Our research will always be guided by the highest ethical standards and will ensure that the welfare and dignity of the individual is protected at all times.


  1. Outreach and access:WSU will continue to build on its national leadership in providing access to higher education for underrepresented groups. It will play its part in helping address the challenge of maintaining a long-term pipeline of scientists. It through innovative outreach programmes will engage with schools and the general public to enhance interest and achievement in science and technology.


  1. Access to research infrastructure: WSU is committed to providing open access to its research infrastructure to support research excellence and strategic collaborations underpinning national directive objectives.

                                       Guiding Principles

  • WSU is one of the universities in Ethiopia mainly funded by the government. Its mandate on research, community services and technology transfer is linked with the national development agenda of the country. Therefore, the core guiding principles in research, community services and technology transfer, as referred in higher education proclamation, are;

  • Research in WSU shall be primarily on promoting the relevance and quality of education and on the country's developmental issues,

  • WSU shall undertake research, technology transfer and community services that shall take into account the prior needs of the country and enable the country to solve its challenges and build its capacity through community services and technology transfer,

  • Research process should equip students with basic knowledge and skills that enable them to undertake further and relevant studies and research

  •                                                                       Catchment Areas

  • The university is mandated for Wolaita and Dawuro zones, which are located in southern nation nationalities and peoples region (SNNPR), of Ethiopia.


  •          WolaitaZone is about 329 Kms away to the south direction from Addis Ababa via Hosana. It is bordered with Sidamazone in the East, GamoGofazone in the South, Dawuro zone in the West, and Kembata-Tambaro zone in the North-West and Hadiyazone in the North-East. Based on the most recent census (2007), the population of the zone was 1,750, 079. The zone has 12 Woredas and three administration towns. The major economic activities of the zone are agriculture and trade. WolaitaSodo is the zonal administration town.


  •         Dawuro zone is bordered with Kembata-Tambaro zone and Hadiya zone in the North East, Wolaitazone in the East, GamoGofazone in the South, KontaSpecial Woreda in the West and OromiaRegion in the North. Its administrative capital is Tercha town, which is located at a distance of 512Kms from Addis Ababa.The zone has 5 Woredas. According to 2003 Statistical Abstract, the population size is 398,796. Agriculture is the main economic stay of the people of the zone.


                                                      Setting Priorities and Thematic Areas

        The university should engage in both basic and applied researches, provide problem solving community services and transfer proven technologies that deepen understanding and stimulate innovation. Researches, community services and technology transfers shall in principle be thematic in nature which is based on local, regional, national and international priorities.


          Researches leading to new intentions shall also be given due attention particularly when it is highly feasible or is relevant to international, national, regional and local circumstances. The university also encourages researchers that explore, enhance and utilize indigenous knowledge to solve community problems.


          Based on the national research and development agenda, the university shall set the research, community services and technology transfer priorities every five years.

        Prior to deciding the broad thematic areas for research, technology transfer and community services agenda of the university, each college/school and department in consultation with the directors should identify needs and problems by taking the following into consideration.

  1. Stakeholder consultation by creating various forums,

  2. Personal experiences and/or observations of national and society needs and problems,

  3. Conducting periodic need assessment,

  4. Reviewing directive document and reports,

  5. Focusing on contemporary and emerging global, national and local issues,

  6. Taking into consideration the courses being offered at departments

                            Emerging and Cross-cutting Issues

     There are cross-cutting and emerging issues that need attention in research, community services and technology transfer endeavor of WSU. This includes gender, HIV/AIDS, climate change, inclusive education, special needs education, endangered indigenous language, culutre and asset studies, etc. They can be addressed either through ensuring a proactive role for and aligning the research agenda to them, linking them with research activities, or creating a multidisciplinary and inter-institutional linkage to address them. 

                                 Organizational Structure of RCSTT

      It is better to put organizational and administrative structures that are conducive to efficiently and effectively conduct research, cater community services and transfer technologies. The organizational structure begins with the vice president who leads research, community services and technology transfer of the university and who is accountable to the president.Under the vice president office, five directors and under each director there are different offices 


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