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Research and Development Unit is mandated in coordinating research, providing and facilitating research funding, organizing research training, facilitating multidisciplinary and collaborative research, and ensuring research quality assurance. The major consideration involve implementation of research strategy which involve identifying effective issues for academic departments, designing and carry out the research to support these issues. The unit has talented academic staff who are much experienced with research methodologies and statistical analysis. The RDU is set to consolidate the position of Botswana Tertiary Education Policy (2008) “Towards a Knowledge Society” is the immediate emphases on research and innovation as the cornerstones of development. KSDACON, through the RDU exists to model excellence in providing a globally competitive Heath Human Resource who are cultured through research. The existence of the distinguished research college will make an impact on society’s emerging challenges in behavioral and social sciences.
The RDU has identified the following strategies to;
• Continually develop a comprehensive administrative structure to support performance in research and development
• Provides administrative service that empower staff to excel in research and scholarship
• Improve the integration of Research into Teaching and Learning to empower students’ research skills
• Increase internal and external funding
• Increase the volume and quality of research outputs and publications
As much as the college is encouraging research across the departments, the college has however aligned itself to the country’s priority themes in the research agenda emerging societal needs and new research areas. The themes are selected after reviewing the statutory documents such as: Botswana Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP 2010 – 2020), NDP 10 Period 2009- 2016, Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) Health Sector- Top Occupation in Demand (2016). Below are the broad themes;
(i) Health education focused on health education and promotion research, particularly intervention studies with solid research designs. Attention is placed on research that challenges traditional discourses of health education/promotion in institutions, to provide an environment that is stimulating, intellectually challenging and conducive to optimizing teaching and learning.
(ii) Health research utilizes the biomedical, behavioral and social sciences to generate new knowledge about human health, study applications in clinical and community settings as well as sports, and develop strategies for the prevention, treatment and care of illness.
(iii) Further, the College emphases on network research that examines the potentials barriers related to utilizing local communities as extended classrooms and establishing sustainable institution-community partnerships. Such research aims at health improvement through education, but also at better education through health. In this way, our researchers engage with wider educational issues such as participatory pedagogies, community partnerships, professional competences and sustainable learning outcomes.