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Globalization has resulted in increased mobility, collaboration, improved quality and general revolutionary change in the way universities conduct their businesses including interaction with media. A University is expected to undertake world class research and innovation, provide technology transfer including excellent consultancy, and ensure strategies are put in place for financial sustainability. Towards these, Machakos University Council made a deliberate decision to establish the Division of Research, Innovation and Linkages.
The leadership of Machakos University supports the emergence of viable and sustainable research programs that upscale and maintain a vibrant research culture. Researchers and academic members, including post graduate students are encouraged to undertake multi-disciplinary research and publish in internationally cited and high impact peer reviewed journals as well as contribute to shaping the Kenya's economy towards vision 2030. To allow for free intellectual inquiry and discourse and hence improving on the relevance and quality of research output, the University promotes research involving intra and inter-institutional and industry collaboration at national and international levels. This strategy will lead to thriving networks for research, innovation and commercialization.
Accordingly, the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Linkages is currently being supported by a Board responsible for various functions related to research, Innovation and Technology activities at machakos University.
The University is committed to putting more efforts to solving national challenges by strengthening research and creating fertile ground for innovation and technology transfer.
Professor Peter Mwita is the current holder of the office of the Deputy ViceChancellor, heading Research, innovation and Linkages division. He is full Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, with over 20 years experience in academic, research, publication and supervision of postgraduate students. Previously, he has held positions of Dean, School of Mathematical Sciences and Chairman, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He is the founding Chairman of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) Board of Directors, where he successfully led the delinking and restructuring processes of the (former) Central Bureau of Statistics into a very competitive SAGA. He successfully led the Bureau in conducting the 2009 Kenya National Population and Housing Census, whose campaign won the United Nations public relations Grand Award. He has also been member of Council of Multimedia University of Kenya and the Chairman of the Kenya National Statistical Society.
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