On behalf of the Management, Staff, and Students of the 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 for 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 the University’s research activities since its approval. Execution of policies and day-to-day activities driving Research in the University is vested in the Directorate of University Research and Administration.
The 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 the individual Scientist, the institution, and indeed the society. I, therefore, urge all stakeholders in Research to accord high priority to Research.