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Research management at UB is an elaboration of the priority area on Extending Research, Scholarship and Graduate Studies, one of the five priority areas in the institution’s strategic policy document, A Strategy for Excellence. The University Research Strategy (URS) approved by Senate in 2008, is the institution’s main research policy document upon which all research related policy documents are anchored. The URS is a road map which indicates how research will be facilitated and coordinated, and what organizational structures and resources will be required to support its management, training and development, within a distinctively African university setting that UB has set itself to reflect without compromising its regional and international outlook.

The University Research Strategy presents seven strategic goals through which the end purpose of the University Strategic Plan shall be achieved.

These are:-

  1. To increase staff participation
  2. To increase and enhance student research training
  3. To increase internal and external research funding
  4. To increase international collaborative research
  5. To increase the volume and quality of research outputs
  6. To enhance the impact of research
  7. To improve the integration of research and teaching

Research is undertaken inside the academic Departments and research institutes and centres. The Office of Research and Development (ORD) coordinates research through Departmental Research Committees and Faculty Research Committees under the overall guidance of the University Research Committee, a sub-committee of Senate which the ORD services as its secretariat. It carries its mandate by developing policies, guidelines and processes that are required in the implementation of the University Research Strategy. Its key functions include recruitment of post doctoral fellows, setting up a quality framework for planning, conducting and disseminating research and assisting faculties and Departments to implement that framework; establishing a structure for ethical compliance by all researchers across the institution and assisting all entities to implement it and to correct research misconduct; establishing partnerships for collaborative research; offering training in research management to academic staff and graduate students; developing a funding strategy and funding guidelines for supporting research by the faculty, academic Department, research institutes, research centres and the individual researcher and; commercializing research outputs through developing intellectual property policy, guidelines and commercialization strategy. 

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  • Phosphorus Biogeochemistry in Surficial sediments in the Okavango Delta, Botswana (2012-2014).

Dr Mangaliso Gondwe

Okavango Research Institute

This study aims to understand the current status of phosphorus (P) biogeochemistry in surficial sediments

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  • Socio-economic and environmental impacts of Jatropha cultivation and biodiesel production in Botswana (2013-2016).

Prof. Donald L. Kgathi

Okavango Research Institute

This study will focus on the opportunities and risks of Jatropha production and use from

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  • Soils, Science and the Politics of knowledge: Perspectives from Scientists and Ngamiland Smallholders on Integrated soil Fertility Management in North-western Botswana.

Dr Oluwatoyin D. Kolawole

Okavango Research Institute

Knowledge production, including those in integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) and its implementation, is influenced

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  • Sanitation in Primary Schools

Prof. Barbara N. Ngwenya

Okavango Research Institute

The School Sanitation and Hygiene (SSH) pilot project  focuses one of the most vulnerable sub-population

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  • Ecological Health in Eastern and Southern Africa (ECOHESA).

Dr Olekae T. Thakadu

Okavango Research Institute

The purpose of the project is to enhance the capacities of individuals and institutions to

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  • Documentation and Validation of medicinal plants used for managing reproductive health and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Ngamiland and North-Eastern Botswana

Prof. Barbara N. Ngwenya

Okavango Research Institute

The outbreak of the HIV/AIDS pandemic has reconfigured the way Tswana society views issues regarding

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  • University of Botswana Research Report - 2011

Prof. Isaac Mazonde

Research and Development

In 2008 the University of Botswana approved its first ever University Research Strategy. All three

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  • SOUTHERN AFRICAN INNOVATION SUPPORT PROGRAM REGIONAL TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER OFFICES

Dr. Tshiamo Motshegwa

Research and Development

Delegates from three Southern Africa countries came together at the University of Botswana to map

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  • PIT LATRINES, A BLESSING OR A HAZARD

Dr. Philemon Odirile

Research and Development

PIT LATRINES, A BLESSING OR A HAZARD???    Characterization of pit contents and developing a scientific understanding

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  • Understanding Charitable Donation: A Classification and Behavioral Model

Mr. Tendy Matenge

Research and Development

Understanding Charitable Donation: A Classification and Behavioral Model The interest in this particular topic of research

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  • DEVELOPING A RESEARCH AGENDA ON BOTSWANA-AFRICA-CHINA ISSUES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BOTSWANA

Prof. Kgomotso Moahi

Research and Development

DEVELOPING A RESEARCH AGENDA ON BOTSWANA-AFRICA-CHINA ISSUES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BOTSWANA The Africa-China relations Workshop

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  • Evaluating Institutional Capacity for Research Ethics in Africa: A Case Study from Botswana

Adnan A. Hyder

Research and Development

Abstract   Background: The increase in the volume of research conducted in Low and Middle Income Countries

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  • PROMOTING RESEARCH INTEGRITY IN AFRICA: An African Voice of Concern on Research Misconduct and the Way Forward

Francis Kombe

Research and Development

ABSTRACT   African researchers and their collaborators have been making significant contributions to useful research findings and

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