The Directorate of University Research Administration (DURA) is the institutional arrangement for Research Management and Administration at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. The Directorate was established in 2006 and is housed in Room 308 of the Dr. Alex Ekwueme’s building.
The Succession of Directors is given as follows:
Prof. S.N. Ibe 2007 – 2012
Prof. P.C. Ojimelukkwe 2014 – 2020
Prof. U.K Oke 2020 till date
Duties of the Directorate are described in the Research Policy and Plan of the University. To ensure proper organization and management of research on a sustainable basis, appropriate administration machinery was put in place from the administrative organogram to the University Research Board (URB). At the onset, the Directorate was overseeing (11) research programmes and currently there are (13) research programmes The Directorate also have the following definitive composition for the purpose of facilitating its function
i The Director
ii Deputy Director
iii Deans and Directors of Academic Units
iv Research Programme Leaders, the group is expected to have periodic meetings with the Director at least quarterly.
ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES/ACTIVITIES OF THE DIRECTORATE
Commodity /Utility/Action – based Research has been identified in all colleges /Schools in the university, there are thirteen (13) research programmes, which are multidisciplinary in nature. The names of the programmes are as follows
Each programme constitutes themselves into teams to carry out research on different conceived aspect of the broad Research Programme
Other activities of the Directorate include:
VISION: To enthrone a functional, sustainable, excellence – driven and productive research culture