Lecturer to get 50m/- if publishes research works

THE government has introduced a Super Fund Research (SRP) Programme, seeking to award 50m/- to lecturers from both private and public higher learning institutions who will publish their research works in high impact journals.

According to the Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adolph Mkenda, to begin with, the researches to be awarded are only those concerning natural and health sciences.

Prof Mkenda was speaking at Dodoma’s St John’s University of Tanzania (SJUT) during prayers and inauguration of the university’s new administration block.

According to the minister, the government under President Samia Suluhu Hassan was full committed to motivate research in the unique science fields, provided that the findings have greater impact to the nation and that they were supposed to compete in the globe.

That is why, the minister said, they should be published in high impact journals which have great readership, thus promoting the country’s education system and making the country’s lecturers win global recognition.

Many SRP scientists have published their findings in high-impact journals—those considered to be highly influential in their fields. A journal’s impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which an average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year.

In the 50m/- award, the minister insisted, the government would be fair to all universities whether private or public including those owned by religious institutions like SJUT.

Prof Mkenda said that already, the guideline for the award had been released by the ministry, adding that any time soon the government shall announce the names of initial beneficiaries.

The package to award the best performing lecturers in health and natural sciences was requested in the 2022/23 financial year and was unanimously approved by all Members of Parliament, according to Prof Mkenda.

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