On behalf of the Management, Staff and Students of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, it is my honour and privilege to welcome you to the Directorate of University Research and Administration (DURA), Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. DURA is the Institutional arrangement of managing Research at the University. Following the approval of a Research Policy and Plan for the University by both Senate and the Governing Council of the University, the third, Vice – Chancellor, Prof Ikenna Onyido FAS appointed a pioneer Director for the Directorate of University Administration with effect from March 1, 2007. The Directorate was thus established. The Directorate is housed in Room 308 of the Alex Ekwueme building, University Administrative Block. The Research Policy and Plan document has guided research activities in the University since its approval. Execution of policies and day-to -day activities driving research in the University are vested in the Directorate of University Research and Administration. Research will continue to play a vital role in any university worth its name. The relevance of our university will depend partly on innovation in Science and Technology generated through research and the results of our research must impact on the individual Scientist, the institution and indeed the society. I therefore urge all stakeholders in research to accord high priority to research.