Dr. Robert Kati

Dean, School of Graduate Studies

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Graduate School is mandated to coordinate all postgraduate activities in the University. The school has 18 Masters and 9 Doctoral curricular, respectively. The student enrollment increased from 409 to 416 as per the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) data. Indeed, I am glad to say that quality teaching and research activities are going on in the departments. Guided by its vision to become a reputable world class school, the school excelled in internal ISO 9001:2008 self-assessment ranking. The school has pursued its mandate vigorously and consistently as demonstrated by the high scores in Performance Contracting self-appraisal exercise conducted for a period between 2015 and 2019.

The school has aligned its operations to all the Commission for University Education (CUE) requirements for offering postgraduate studies. In this regard, Graduate Integrity Policy to guide on issues of integrity and plagiarism was approved by the University Council. I am particularly happy to report that our Graduate students continue to win research grants. A total of eleven (11) students competitively won the National Research Fund Grants to support their research projects in the 2016/2017 academic year and in the 2018/2019 many students applied. All students have been encouraged to participate during the 2017/2018 call for research projects. The main challenge facing Graduate Students smooth progression is financing of their studies. All the students are self- sponsored and have difficulties paying fees on time. Although the school has been working closely with Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) with the view to provide awareness for loan packages, very few students have applied and benefited from the scheme. We continue to provide training and awareness opportunities for students to apply for research grants. Notable training has focused on DAAD ANS NRF grants opportunities. A series of training on writing fundable research proposals have been conducted in conjunction with the division of Planning, Partnerships, research and Innovation (PPRI)