Research & Creative Thoughts

Background
There is no doubt that African countries need to participate in the global knowledge economy. This is done by increasing human resources investments in cutting-edge research activities. Ivory Towers have the responsibility of transformation of society as universities are in a unique position to provide innovative solutions to challenges facing the continent. Hence, universities being the engine of development, research have to be approached in a vigorous manner. Absorbing the vision and mission of the Federal University of Lafia, the Directorate of Research and Creative Thoughts thus aspires to key into these frameworks thereby helping to make Federal University of Lafia a world class center of excellence that will be placed among the top five Universities in Africa. To achieve this dream there is need for cutting-edge research, collaboration and synergy. Hence, the Directorate of Research and Creative Thoughts is mapping out strategies and action plans to ensure its vision and mission coincides with that of the Federal University of Lafia both in theory and practice. It is in the light of this that the directorate comes up with the following strategic plan and direction as well as blueprint to achieve its goal in no distant time.
Our Vision
To become a renowned directorate facilitating creative research, novel thoughts and innovation for positive socio-economic transformation of the nation
Mission
Coordinating, Training and collaborating in cutting-edge research community of academic centers and supports for linkages within and without for socio-economic development
Core Values
Integrity, Innovation & Excellence
Director's Profile
Adam Adebayo Sirajudeen, Adam Adebayo Sirajudeen is a Professor of Arabic Studies, Federal University of Lafia, Nigeria with specialty in Literary Criticism & Afrabic Historiography. Currently Director, Research & Creative Thoughts, Federal University of Lafia –Nigeria, he has won some Travel and Research Grants to the United States, Malaysia, Kenya & Mauritania. His works include Hadith-wa-bahas-tareekh; The Dynamics of Afro-Arabic Cultural Resurgence in the Shadow of Civilization; Islamic- Oriented University in Nigeria: Triumphs and Travails, in Muslim Institutions of Higher Education in Postcolonial Africa, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016; Towards an Understanding of Islamic Private Universities in Africa (co-authored) in Routledge Studies in Marketing Understanding the Higher Education Market in Africa, (Routledge, Taylor & Francis, London, 2020); Religious Responses to the Covid19 Pandemic: A Comparative Analysis of the Spiritual Methods of Christians and Muslims in Nigeria (ACLARS,2022).
Philosophy
 As a research-driven university, DIRECT provides platform for facilitating network in the centers/researchers by building sufficient support for creative research, novel thoughts and innovation, research capacity and opportunities for achieving research excellence.  It is to increase human resources investments in cutting-edge research initiatives for mutual benefits.  It is also to driving innovation across industry, supporting businesses to access the knowledge that will help them to develop their global competitiveness.
Strategic Objectives
 Focus on increasing our internationally co-created and co-authored research outputs;  Increase the number of research partnerships with business by 25%;  Increase the level of Knowledge Exchange Income by 20%; and  Improve our positioning within the top 25% of UK Universities within the next REF assessment for research power  Increase the level of our overall research grant awards by 50%;  Provide support, incentives and leadership for researchers to undertake interdisciplinary research of global excellence funded by the most prestigious grant awarding bodies;  Strongly embed within our research environment FULafia’s chosen interdisciplinary research themes of creativity and culture, healthy communities, sustainability and social renewal, underpinned by investment from FULafia;  Give greater clarity around what it means to be a great FULafia researcher so that each colleague understands the personal expectations of everyone, which will enable us to realise our strategic ambitions;  Enhance the institutional support for developing impact pathways, creating value within the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia; and  Integrate the Strategic Plan for Research & Creative Thought 2023-2028 to FULafia’s Education and Global Engagement Strategies, ensuring collective measures to realize the vision and mission of FULafia.
Activities
 Promoting and facilitating cutting-edge research, including collaborative and disciplinary research, in areas related to the goals of the University  Building and providing sufficient support for a community of innovative researchers to enhance research capacity at the University, and to increase internal and external research opportunities for Faculty, Post-Doctoral, Fellows and graduate students  Developing networks between the research center and researchers in the field in the public and private sectors, locally, nationally and internationally  Acting as the nexus between the University and the community with respect to research initiatives of mutual benefits  Research and Creativity, Fairs & Exhibitions  Policy and Academic Resourcing  Promotion of intellectual and Creative Thoughts Contents

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Professor Adam Adebayo Sirajudeen

Professor Adam Adebayo Sirajudeen

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