- Wednesday, 24 January 2018
On Monday January 29th, 2018, Amoud College of Health Sciences - AHCS, organized a one day workshop intended for building capacities of Research Supervisors and students at Amoud College of Health Sciences - ACHS. The Research and Development Centre (RDC) of the College of Health Sciences, Amoud University planned and organized the workshop.
The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Oso Willis Yuko, and in attendance were Dr. Said Ahmed Walhad, Principal, ACHS, Yusuf Hared, Head of Research Development Centre (RDC) and Community Activities, ACHS; Dr. Ismail Muhumed Aye, Dean, School of Medicine and Surgery, ACHS; Dr. Abdisalam Jamaa Ibrahim "Gahayr", Dean School of Public Health, ACHS; Dr. Abdirashid Omer Sh. Ibrahim, Dean School of Dentistry, ACHS; and twelve other research supervisors drawn from Amoud College of Health Sciences.
Dr. Walhad gave his opening remarks where he started by underscoring the great relevance of Research in modern day higher education, and need to strive to achieve as much output as possible from such initiatives for the sake of innovation, enrichment of knowledge base and closing of knowledge gaps that exist in the Somaliland and local context.
Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of the workshop, since it will go a long way in impacting the development of capacities for Academic Research in the College for both lecturers and students. Without research, knowledge advancement is not easy, but with research there are underlying benefits such as having students acquire ability to identify health problems, then plan and propose actions for implementation as remedies to counter such problems. He therefore called upon all participants (supervisors) to participate fully and actively in the workshop so as to derive the maximum benefit from it, in order to realize the workshop's objectives.
Mr. Yusuf A. Hareed, Head of Research and Development Center “RDC”, ACHS and also the workshop coordinator also took turn to address the participants and highlighted this indcution as a milestone. Since establishment of research development centre-RDC at the college three years ago, this has been the first such workshop. Amongst the gains made within the period of time, he enumrated, was review of curriculum for each school at the college to embrace research by putting a general requirement for all our students to undertake some prerequisite courses such as report writing,
Biostatistics, and Research Methods, courses which are designed to prepare the students academically ahead of their writing research projects for their final year. The objective of the training was reflective of the need that come out as a result of challenges noted by both students and supervisors during last two years as a result of adoption of research manual from school of postgraduate studies and research, that was then used as a working document before coming up with the new research manual for undergraduate level for schools at the college of health sciences. In addition the workshop intends to further address modalities, roles and responsibilities of the research supervisors and the research students. These issues are core to the smooth running of Academic research as conducted at the College for the last year, for example the college has adopted a system of clustering of students into a group of 5 to 7 who select one research topic relevant to their field of study and then they get assigned one supervisor because of limited number of graduate supervisors.
In closing his speech, Mr. Yusuf A. Hareed gave a vote of thanks to Amoud School of Postgraduate Studies and Research - SPGSR for their immense contribution to Research Development Centre - RDC, of the college. He paid special tribute to Mr. Said H. Habane, the dean, Amoud School of Postgraduate Studies and Research, and Dr. Oso Willis Yuko, the Coordinator, SPGSR for their contribution and support in this endeavour throughout the years before welcoming the dean SPGSR to say a word or two.
The dean SPGSR in his speech welcomed everyone to the workshop and thanked the Principal ACHS, RDC Office and supervisors for their dedication to conducting research at their various schools in particular and at the college in general before introducing Dr. Oso Willis Yuko, the coordinator, SGPSR and the facilitator for the one-day workshop.
Dr. Oso in his speech also thanked the Principal and head of RDC for their readiness and willingness to improve research in context of health sciences and reiterated that he is ready to provide any support needed.
The participants were allowed to introduce themselves and state their expectations from the training workshop.
Thereafter, the facilitator lead the discussions and commenced the training as per agenda which apart from opening of the workshop itself included :-
Brief Introduction to new research manual of undergraduate level students
Supervision techniques such as Supervisor role, student role, time lines and deliverables and schedule challenges of supervision among other emerging issues.
Evaluation techniques for example Evaluation performance form for both proposal hearing and defense
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