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 Research Sector's latest publications (2012/13) include:

 

• OVPR Research Quarterly Newsletter, May/June 2014 --  Released in  June 2014, OVPR’s Research Quarterly Newsletter  highlights RS  major activities,  events and happenings during the period November 2013 through June 2014. The issue’s most significant presentation was an analytical  Summary Report on the Research Sector’s  Achievements during the academic year 2012/13, with its   key focus on major events, activities, developments, as well as  RS mission ahead. Equally strategic was a concise overview of  Kuwait University at a Glance 2013/14,  a vision document outlining the President’s views, thoughts, ideology  and aspirations for developing Kuwait University into an elite institution, known for its scientific excellence, research culture, competitive graduates and scholars, as well as emerging outlook of the new campus, being developed as a world-class hub of advanced education, research,  and futuristic dimensions. The Bulletin presented a comprehensive and  visual view of the scientific posters sessions, annually organized by the RS for humanities and sciences faculties, and held during March 2014, as well as a feature on SPSS  workshop organized for the humanities colleges. Also featured was  the multi-awards ceremony, felicitating distinguished researchers, graduate project prize winners,  and patents recipients during the year 2013/14, and  a special session marked the successful closure  of the  KU-KNPC-PIC joint project, signifying  the value and virtue of scientific collaboration and partnership across institutions in achieving breakthrough results. While KU-UK universities joint session signified a move towards opening fundamental doors  for collaborative research, a roundtable session with the visiting dignitary from North Carolina State University provided a reassuring outlook of Kuwait University’s competitive world-class assets,  facilities and environment for high quality research.  Also, included was  the 6th consignment of Distinguished Research Series, based on summary reports of research rewards recipients, and an extensive feature outlined  six-months statistical outlook of faculty research during the period September 2013  to February 2014,  and an exclusive feature outlined OVPR’s latest publications released during the period spanning September 2013 through March 2014, including APC journals, and CGAPS scientific productions.  In addition, miscellaneous presentations featured Thomson Reuters workshop, Call for Research Proposals(KFAS),  visiting delegate and delegations.  For readers information, the Research Quarterly Newsletter, May/June 2014 edition, providing the latest outlook of RS  activities and accomplishments, was released online in June on OVPR’s website, followed by hardcopy, which was widely distributed to all KU Sectors, Faculties and resource centers. Access to the  Newsletter is available at: (http://www.ovpr.kuniv.edu). Published & Released (in English and Arabic).

 

• Scientific Committee Guidelines, 2012 -- Released in September 2012, the Scientific Research Committees Guidelines, 2012,  provides an update on current requirements and responsibilities of faculty and departmental research committees, with relevant reformations, deemed necessary. The guide  outlines  Faculty Research Committee's sphere of functionality concerning research projects and implementation process at departmental and faculty levels.  The guidelines specify requirements for formation of faculty and departmental research committees,  including their  mission, functions and responsibilities.  The overall system  evolved by  RS, delineates  major responsibilities and procedures applicable to research proposals submitted for funding support. The updated guidelines were released in September 2012, and also displayed on OVPR website. Published (in Arabic and English).

 

• Researcher Awards, 2012  -- Released in September 2012, this Arabic/English document  provides updated information on the earlier 2010 edition of the Researchers Awards. The document outlines the process, procedure and requirements of Distinguished and Best Young Researchers Awards, for faculty members’ outstanding research accomplishments in basic and  applied sciences, and  in arts & humanities.  A total of 10 awards are distributed annually, 6 in the Distinguished Researchers category, and 4 in the Best Young Researchers category. The review criteria for evaluating the awards nominees has been streamlined, with  point-based system applied for selection of winners. This criteria, approved by the University Council in July 2009, continues to be applied for review and identification of top nominees under both categories of awards.  The updated document has been released, and the latest requirements are being implemented for inviting faculty nominations for year 2012/13 Distinguished & Best Young Researchers awards. Published (in Arabic and English).

 

• Graduate Students Project Prize 2012 –- Released in September 2012, this Arabic/English  brochure updates  the earlier 2010 edition of the Graduate Students Project Prize, awarded to postgraduate students, pursuing Master's and Ph.D. research at Kuwait University. A total of six prizes are awarded annually, 4 for Master's students and 2 for Ph.D. students in the broad fields of arts & humanities, and in basic & applied sciences.  The awards are specifically meant for encouraging scientific thinking among the graduate students’ community, with meritorious research accomplishments being the measure for selecting the prize winners,  based on standard awards criteria, approved by  the Deans Committee in May 2008.  This criteria continues to be implemented for the evaluation of students prize nominees each year. The updated 2012 document has been released, and is accessible on OVPR website.  Published (in Arabic and English).

 

• Priority Research Areas 2012-14 –- Prepared as a reference guide,  Priority Research Areas 2012-14  is newly documented publication, released by RS  in September 2012. The document  presents an enhanced coverage of newly identified priorities, listing 15 new areas of priority research,  based on RS faculty-wide study, inviting the faculties suggestions and input on strategic priority areas. The faculties responses were studied and reviewed, providing the legitimate basis  for  the newly identified areas of priority research, offering researchers wider choices and options for pursuing advanced and innovative research.  The newly identified 15 priority areas are currently being implemented, and will remain valid until 2014.  With the release of Priority Areas   2012-14 document,  doors are opened for the faculties to submit relevant proposals, which are packaged with additional benefits for the project,  and the researcher.  The updated Priority Research Areas 2012 - 14   has been widely distributed,   and displayed on OVPR website.  Published (in English and Arabic).

 

• Research Initiation Grant (RIG), 2012 – Released in September 2012, Research Initiation Guide (RIG) provides an update on the RIG incentives grants, awarded to new Kuwaiti faculty members, joining various faculties/departments at the Assistant Professor’s level. The Guide outlines eligibility requirements for RIG grants, including budgetary categories and limitations, project duration, research implementation procedures, and submission of research report at the end of the project, opening opportunities  for researchers to   apply for well-planned comprehensive studies.  A visual outlook of RIG Application processing plan is also provided, with stages outlined through which the project eventually matures to completion within 12 months. RIG 2012 has been released, and also  displayed on OVPR website.  Published (in English and Arabic). 

 

• Scientific Posters Booklets 2012  –  RS Scientific Posters Day  events provided the substance for the documentation of Humanities and Sciences posters, displayed at the two scientific posters events, held on  March 5 and  12, 2012, respectively. These led to  the generation of two published documents, based on   37 posters displayed at  the Humanities colleges (Arts, Business Administration, Education, Sharia, and Social Sciences) event, and 50 posters collectively highlighting the  scientific works of  the  Colleges of Engineering & Petroleum, Science and Women participants.   The documents include  exact replicas of the posters displayed in an image format, to give the readers an insight into the range and diversity of scientific research activity at Kuwait University, and the  areas currently being researched across humanities and sciences colleges.  The documents were produced and printed in-house in a marathon start-to-finish exercise, leading to the generation of humanities and sciences posters booklets, which were widely distributed, and displayed on OVPR website.  Prepared/Printed (in English and Arabic).

 

• RS's Annual Report, 2010/11 --  RS's Annual Report 2010/11 presents an analytical insight into Research Sector’s major accomplishments and mission ahead,   outlining  new initiatives, developmental activities, and ongoing programs, registering  year-round growth  in faculty research, during the academic cycle,  September 1,  2010  through August 31, 2011. All through the year,  RS consistently preserved the sustainable momentum of faculty research, overseeing tangible progression in  key programs, and outlining strategies and goals for the future.   The year’s highlights were the launching of two new programs – Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Research Chair, incorporating an international dimension in institutional research, while declaration of first  batch of US registered patent recipients marked a significant breakthrough in faculty research, critically  reflecting on the  quality and caliber of research at KU.  The infrastructural development process  enlisted the entry of Dentistry faculty in availing General Facility grants for developing state-of-the-art labs for dental research, while  new agreements with external institutions opened pathways  for  the partnership process to grow for enhancing collaborative research. The developmental activities continued to pervade through the entire research support system, with valid  reformations and updates,    while matters of research growth, quality, infrastructural enhancement, procedural flexibility and transparency acquired new dimensions, in enhancing  research, and improving quality.  RS also encouraged scientific openness and  enhanced communications with faculties to promote research participation, while flexibility of procedural processes created a receptive environment for high quality endeavors, essential for elevating  the status and standard of KU research.  Presenting a holistic view of   RS   accomplishments and perspective for the future, the report outlines RS  sustained effort towards steering institutional research towards an enduring mission of attaining global credibility on its scientific strengths  and research excellence.  Packed with critical substance, statistics, and empirical information, the report  has been widely circulated, with  electronic  accessibility provided through  OVPR’s website.  Published (in English and Arabic).

 

• OVPR/RS Website Flyer 2012 –- Redesigned with updated information and new outlook, and with administrative website assuming new identity and nomenclature as Research Sector (RS), the twin OVPR and RS websites remained the dynamic hubs of latest  information on scientific developments at Kuwait University,  necessitating generation of a new flyer,  appropriately reflecting  institutional  scientific programs, policy and accomplishments for global outreach.  The websites consistently  remained under gross updating with the inclusion of newly launched programs, holding  scientific events,  workshops and  seminars, reporting major happenings, and introducing e-application for grant support to facilitate researchers. Also,  included was  the e-manual on research support rules and regulations, and a direct access-link to collaborative research websites, apart from presenting exhaustive listing of research rewards incentive  recipients  for funded, unfunded and meritorious project final reports,    and information on new partnerships and agreements reached, significantly enhancing KU’s presence and profile  in a new updated  2012 outlook of the OVPR/RS websites. The statistics and publications on the OVPR websites are periodically refreshed,  exhibiting the extent of faculty research in progress, while new publications released by RS unfold the vast and extensive sphere of research programs, priorities, and accomplishments  at KU. Released in March 2012, the flyer redefines the visual outlook of the websites,  profiling the sweeping world of faculty research at KU, with its enriched substance and content adding enhanced value  to the information displayed for global access and outreach.   Published (in English and Arabic).

 

 

• Released in September 2010, the second edition of the manual of research support rules & regulations, presents an enlarged, updated and concise information on currently applicable grant support procedures and process, in conformity to new policy reformations, emerging requirements and inclusion of additional elements, deemed necessary for researchers information and benefit. An additional chapter 13 has been included in the manual, outlining new Articles 52, 53, 54, 55 and 56, describing the eligibility and entitlements of research rewards and incentives for funded and unfunded research, and for excellent rating in project final report. Clarifications and additions have also been incorporated as regards the RS’s Implementation Committee’s role during the summer months (June 1 through Oct.1) of each academic year, the refereeing process, research reports & productivity, purchase, manpower, scientific missions, transfer of budgetary allocations, etc. , to facilitate researchers in acquiring clear understandings of the clauses currently applicable at each step and stage of the research awards process. Overall, the second edition profiles an exhaustive view of the entire procedural  framework of the research support system, for the researchers to be knowledgeable and well informed of the procedural implications, regulating all aspects of the research support process. Prepared in bilingual Arabic/English formats, the manual serves as a handy reference for the faculty researchers, to develop their research proposals in compliance to KU latest policy and regulations. Published (in English and Arabic).

 

• Sponsored Research 2009/10 -- Sponsored Research 2009/10 is 19th in the series of annual documentation of faculty research activity, spanning the period September 1, 2009 to August 31, 2010, with an analytical perspective on all ongoing and completed projects by faculties, graduate students and joint research. The document enlists a total of 514 projects, awarded to faculty researchers (437), and graduate students (77), with 155 projects completed. As regards funding source, KU was responsible for supporting 479 projects, and external support was claimed by additional 35 projects. The document is organized into three major sections, with Section – I focusing on KU sponsored projects, Section – II on jointly awarded grants, and Section – III on graduate students awards, to facilitate information access, with projects data organized by faculties & departments, inclusive of research title, project team, budget, starting date and duration. The titles provide interesting insights into dominating themes actively be g researched at KU during 2009/10. The statistics on faculty research are appended to the document, as also the Researchers Index, facilitating cross-referencing of research by faculty researchers. Released in August 2011, the document was distributed throughout faculties, institutions and key recipients, and displayed on OVPR website. Published (in English).

 

• Manual of Research Core Facilities, 2008 – A reference guide on world-class lab resources at the Health Sciences Center, equipped with ultra-sensitive instruments  and equipment for accomplishing high quality research. The document aggregates specific information on instruments, their location and contact source,  for utilizing RCF facility. The manual was released in Dec. 2008.


• Kuwait University at a Glance, 2009 -- Provides the most up-to-date perspective  on  Kuwait University's mission, objectives, academic and research programs,  advanced facilities,  institutional resources and assets at a glance, unfolding its  vision for  achieving academic and scientific distinction,  and an  elite status worldwide. The document was  released in February 2009.

 

• August 2010, Research Services Unit information guide outlines the mission, objectives and responsibilities of the newly approved infrastructural entity, under the jurisdiction of the Office of Vice President for Research. The Unit is functionally responsible for offering consultative services to faculty members, facilitating investment of research outputs, and achieving the goals of research excellence through partnerships, resources, collaborations and technology transfer. The Unit oversees research marketing, develop scientific and technical coordination with research institutions, both locally and externally, and generate funds for the pursuit of specialized research. The document provides handy information on the Unit’s scope and functions, and is integrated with the RS’s Office of External Research Collaboration. Published (in English and Arabic).

 

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