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 Benue State University, Makurdi

Center for Research Management

2015 TETFUND CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE INTERVENTION RELEASE OF FUNDS.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE CENTER

Introduction
The Centre for Research Management (CRM) Benue State University was established on March 2nd, 2010 with the approval by senate at its 201st meeting. It was, however, housed and midwife under the Academic Planning Unity of the University until December 1st 2010 when it existed on its own with the appointment of a Director.

Vision
To be a centre of excellence in the management of research matters, competing favorable with other research institutions within and outside Nigeria.

Mission
To stimulate and promote creativity for quality and sound innovations in research development in different fields of specialization.

Core Values
* Excellence in research and development
* Transparency and integrity in research publications

Mandate
To oversee, coordinate and execute all research activities in the University including liaising with relevant partners and sponsoring bodies within and outside Nigeria.

FUNCTIONS OF THE UNIT

The centre has the following functions:

To coordinate all research activities and training staff.
To organize workshops, seminars, conference or lectures aimed to train upcoming young academic in the following areas:

1 Research methodologies
2 Research instrument designing and development
3 Accessing and using digitized research and materials
4 Proposal development and writing for academic purposes and for grant and sponsorship
5 Research assessment and evaluation
6 Thesis development and writing
7 Academic journals development and writing for publication
8 E-publishing

To provide pedagogical skill utilizing the latest technology for effective delivery of educational instructional contents in the following areas:

1 Special methodologies in research and teaching in respect to academic subject and research designs
2 Internet education and how to use internet to access teaching and research materials from various e-journals and relevant databases.
3 Reading skills development
4 Study skills development and technology
5 Scientific and technical literacy skills development
6 Writing skills development

STAFF OF THE UNIT

S/NO. NAME STAFF NUMBER POSITION
1 Professor Alloy S. Ihuah P 809 Director
2 Dr. Fred. Gbaoron P 477 Deputy Director
3 Mr. Terna Alu   Secretary
4 Mrs. Lydia Iorkyaan    
5 Mr. Agba Fidelis JP 1659 Computer Operator I
6 Elizabeth Omale JP 1104 Asst.  Chief Clerical Officer
7 Mr. Obam Egena Joel JP 1284 Head Messenger Cleaner

DEPARTMENTS OF THE CENTER

The centre has the following departments:-

1. Administration and Human Resource Development
2. Research Development and Training
3. Journal Development, Publications and e-publishing
4. Statistics
5. Accounting
6. Liaison office and such other number of department as may be established from time to time by the centre where necessary.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES OF THE DEPARTMENT

The links below represent powerpoint (.ppt) result presentation on a workshop held in November 2011 tagged: "Workshop on Proposal Writing and Research Management for Projects and other Scholary productions". Starting with a welcome address by Prof. B.O. Ker in pdf format, then the various papers presented by the various resource speakers, can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on any of the appropriate links below.
The programmes are:

WELCOME ADDRESS BY Prof. B.O. KER.
DR. NYITYO ON: - PROPOSAL WRITING.
FINDING PARTNERS AND CONSORTIUM DEVELOPMENT.
GRANT INFORMATION RESEARCH.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT BY: PROF. B.O. KER.

OBJECTIVES OF THE CENTER

The aims and objectives of the centre include:

1. To oversee, coordinate, execute and promote all research activities in the University including liaising with relevant partners and sponsoring bodies within and outside Nigeria for training.
2. To provide such community-oriented services as workshops, seminars, conferences a or lectures aimed at training up-coming young academics in the following but not limited areas.
3. Research mythologies.
4. Research investment designing and development.
5. Access and using digitized research and materials.
6. Proposal development and writing for academic purposes and for grant sponsorship.
7. Research assessment and evaluation.
8. Thesis development and writing.
9. Academic journals development and writing for publication.
10. E-publishing.
11. To provide and sustain pedagogical skills and knowledge utilizing the latest technology for effective delivery of educational instructional contents in the following but not limited areas:
12. Special methodologies in research and teaching in respect to academic subject and research designs.
13. Internet education and the use of same to access teaching and research materials from various e-journals and relevant databases.
14. Reading skills development.
15. Study skills development and technology.
16. Scientific and technological literacy skills development.
17. Writing skills development.
18. To attract funding from donor for research purposes.
19. To cooperate with other research institutions and agencies with similar mission and objectives for the purpose of promoting the Centre.
20. To prepare and publish monographs, journals and books reflecting the result of scholarly research analysis by the Centre.
21. To promote or undertake such other activities which in the opinion of the Centre are necessary or expedient for the purpose of achieving the objectives of the Centre.

The overall policy making organization of the centre is the board of Governors (Governing Board). This Board is known as the Research Management Board (RMB). The Board Membership is made up of The Vice- Chancellor as the Chairman, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (academic), 2 Representatives of Senate, One Representative from each Faculty, Dean of Faculties, Postgraduate school, Directors of Research Management, Academic Planning, Development & Linkages, Centre for Continuing Education, Centre for Gender Studies, Physical Planning, The Registrar, The Bursar and The University Librarian as member There is Research Development and Training Committee (RDTC) which is an advisory body to the Governing Board.

RTDC MEMBERSHIP

RDTC Membership is as follows:- The Vice- Chancellor as Chairman, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) , Deans Faculty of Science, Postgraduate School, Directors of Research Management, Academic Planning, Centre for Gender Studies, Centre for Continuing Education, Representatives of Senate, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Clinical Service, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Basic & Allied Medical Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Management Science, and The University Librarian as members.

In Attendance are the Registrar, The Bursar, Physical Planning Officer and the Secretary.

The Director of the Centre is Prof. Mrs. Beatrice Onyi Ker. She is in charge of the day-to-day operation of the centre and accountable directly to the Board of Governors.

Profile of Prof. B. O Ker: Director
Mrs. Beatrice Ker is a Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Faculty of Education. Professor B.O. Ker has attained the following qualifications with dates: School Learning Certificate (1968), West African School Certificate (1973), B. Edu (History) Ibadan (1977), Research Methodology & Guidance and Counseling (Sterling University, Scotland, 1984), Ph.D (Counseling Psychology), ABU, Zaria, Nigeria (1994).

Prof. Ker has been in the University System and actively involved in Teaching, Research and Counseling services for over 20 years. She has been equally engaged in the administrative activities of the university in various ways as Dean of Faculty, Head of Department, Coordinator of Programmes as well as belonging to university committees.

She is a member of many professional bodies such as the Counseling Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Psychological Association, Association for Promoting Quality Education in Nigeria, Nigerian Association of University Women, Nigeria Association of Women in Academics among other. She is member, International Committee for the Award of Fellowships (for IFUW with Headquarters in Geneva).

Prof. B.O. Ker has traveled widely to many countries such as Scotland. Oxford, Manchester, United States of America, Australia, Ghana, South Africa, East Africa, Israel and Mexico among others.Prof B.O. Ker is married and blessed with Children.

Profile of Dr. S.G. Yiase; Deputy Director:
Born 23rd March 1955 in Mbagwa, Ushongo LGA of Benue State. Educated at the then R.C.M Ngavan in present Ushongo LGA, St. Andrews’s Secondary School Adikpo, Wesley High School Otukpo, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (ABU), the University of Sheffield, U.K and finally ABU Zaria.

Qualification: B.Sc. (Hons) Chemistry, (ABU), Master of Metallurgy. (Shffield), Phd Chemistry (Organometallic Chemistry) (ABU). Worked at Gyegwe Grammer School Koti-Yough (post-H.Sc), GSS Kumo (NYSC) in present Gombe State, Federal University of Technology Owerri (Imo State) and now Benue State University, Makurdi. Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry with interests in organmetallic, agricultural and inorganic chemistry. Married to Lucy Doose Yiase (Nee Avule of Shorov in Buruku LGA) with six children (two males, four females). Served on many committee and as Head of Department of Chemistry (2004- 2011). Presently Deputy Director Centre for Research Management.

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