The College is committed to promoting high quality research at the institution and provide its staff and students with the requisite resources to achieve this. In research, discipline excellence will drive multidisciplinary excellence.
1.1 The college is committed to being recognized as a high quality research institution in the years to come. As part of its research efforts, the College will host the international conference (ICMCT) and publish the Journal (IJICMT). These research efforts hitherto at Academic City College, will build a good platform to erect a research edifice.
1.2 The institution will move towards its goal of becoming a Centre of excellence and will get there through contextualized, West Africa focused research. The College aims to be a research-intensive institution and support the development of a research environment where each member of the academic staff is attracted to engage in research activities. There will be an environment which is 'peer pressurized for excellence’ but 'mutually collaborative'.
1.3 Academic City College recognizes that its goals for research performance are particularly challenging as it is a relatively young campus and is still building its research strengths. The strategy for Academic City College is to first concentrate on developing a strong teaching environment and building the research after the former has been put in place.
1.4 To achieve this aim, the College will promote research engagement and the resultant expectations of academic staff. The College will offer support to research on the basis of its annual research plan.
1.5 The College’s research thrust in conformity with its mission to "work towards making the Republic of Ghana a Socio-Economic success by building requisite talent for emerging information and management based economy, with high level of skills and productivity". One of our core values stipulates that the College will provide for "research and for advancement of and dissemination of knowledge".
a. The annual research plan is to build around three main objectives:
i. Research being a propeller for Academic City College towards becoming a Centre of Excellence
ii. Supportive Research Training as a part of capacity building
iii. Research must be applied and in the real industrial world;
iv. Research must be engagement biased and collaborative.
b. The Rector will set the key targets that at least a certain percentage of the full time staff must be research active during the current year. To begin with a target of 25 to 30 per cent will be assigned to staff, the target will however move up to 80 percent with time.
c. The College recognizes that the level and kind of research activity may vary from faculty to faculty. To make it standardized and focus as also applied, every research proposal has to be approved by the Research Committee.
d. The importance accorded to research will also be reflected directly in the weightages for academic staff seeking promotion. Initially, research and teaching will be weighted at 30 per cent each and the remaining distributed to other activities and initiatives.
e. Academic City College will focus on engaging in activities that attract high quality research staff, the establishment of research collaboration with relevant departments/schools or centers, the development of a research culture, and supporting research development of present staff, for example through mentoring schemes.
f. The Research Plan will include:
i. Faculty's proposed research title/ area(s);
ii. The proposed paper(s) for the year;
iii. In case the faculty proposes to attend a Conference; (costing thereof)
iv. The Faculty's proposed publication(s) plan.
g. The assessment process of such submissions will be undertaken by the Research Committee constituted to encourage research. This committee should examine the submissions made by a member of the staff, taking into account all the evidence presented. The research committee would use their professional judgment to form an overall view about each submission and advise the concerned staff. In assessments, the Research Committee would normally emphasize on three key elements in each submission, against the following generic criteria:
a. Strength of Proposals: The quality of submitted proposals for research in terms of their originality, significance and depth. There will also be a reference to international research quality standards.
b. Impact of Intended Research: The Research Committee should assess the ‘reach and significance’ of impact of the proposed research on the Ghanaian or West African economy/ society. All research efforts at the College are expected to be application oriented. The Research Committee should expect statistics and evidence based research.
c. Relevance to Stakeholders: The Research Committee should assess the research in terms of it helping to sustain the ‘vitality and sustainability’, of sectors which are the core constituents of the College.
a. Once the institution achieves a minimum scale, a review of the organizational functionalities will be done and a Head (Research) will be appointed. This position can of the level of Head of Department to start with and then can be upgraded to the level of Associate Dean with increase in research activities
b. The recruitment will be publicized, focused and done by a panel which includes possibly a reputed Professor in Statistics, Mathematics or Econometrics.
c. Faculty Heads of Departments are to be responsible for research activities at faculty level. They would have Department level KPIs built into their appraisal system to this effect.
d. The Research Committee is responsible for providing advice to the Dean on research policies and coordination and communication of Academic City College research policy and administration.
e. The research activities will be further supported by a Research Office which should provide all relevant information, data collection advice and administrative services to research or research related-activities including data collection and processing.
f. The research assistant(s) will be statistically (mathematically) and technically (statistical package conversant) competent.
g. Academic City College will also establish a number of cross-departmental and cross-faculty research corridors intended to help build critical mass to have national and international impact. The philosophy behind this is that discipline excellence will drive multidisciplinary excellence.
h. The support services for research will be increased. Academic City College‘s Department of Information Technology & Computer Sciences will build an information management system which is critical for the College to be able to effectively deliver and monitor its research performance. The College will develop the ‘Research and Data Information System’ (RDIS) as a repository for research-related data. It will link to the College's corporate systems and produce reports on publications, research grants (as and when offered), research contracts and budget related activity. The integrated system will allow access to research and research performance information of individual staff, schools/departments and faculties.
a. There will be mentoring schemes for under-performing new staff and promotional schemes for research active staff.
b. Incentives may include bonuses for research quality (judged by a panel of Ph. D holders preferably external) and support for international national conference. The College will also consider that for every three domestically presented papers/ or for publication in one international journal of repute the faculty may be supported to attend conferences abroad, subject to the annual budget as approved by the Research Committee.
c. The College will provide up to six scholarships for best Masters’ students for the best Projects. This will be included in the budget for research committee. There will also be research presentation day at these projects are unveiled as substantive research done.
d. The College will aim to make an impact through engagement and collaboration supported through research collaboration with a range of stakeholders in Ghana and overseas. In the future, Academic City College will concentrate on establishing affiliations with institutions with a strong research profile which will strengthen Academic City College’s research activities.
e. Academic City College as a part of its ‘Towards an Excellence Centre’ approach will be tasked with the need to have Industry Engagement Strategy. This Strategy shall include structures and processes for the College to engage with industry as well as measures, targets, timelines and costs. This initiative is likely to strengthen the engagement with industry and should be aligned with the Community Engagement Framework which is another Excellent Centre initiative.
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