Formation of research clubs

WIN-ARC RESEARCH PROCESS FROM INITIAL STAGE OF TRAINING TO IDEA PRODUCTION LEVEL.

BACKGROUND OF WIN AFRICA RESEARCH CENTRE RESEARCH STRATEGY

Web Info-Net (an ICT solution Company) formed in 2010 is mother Company to WIN Africa Research Centre (a non-Governmental Organisation) which was established to support research development in Africa. Web Info-Net has grown strong in service delivery and solving Business Issues in East Africa. Web info-net has been ranked among the Ugandan medium sized companies Top100 Awards for 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017-2018.

Web Info-Net is comprised of professionals: Computer Network engineers, Web & Mobile Application developers, and Database Developers, Procurement Officers & Marketers, Managers and Research experts. The Company boasts of over 8years of combined team experience in addition to prior individual experience in ICT. We are fully and legally registered by Uganda Registrar of Companies, KCCA, NITAU, NSSF, PPDA and Authorised by different Manufacturers to supply and maintain their equipment.

 We have  been offering Internship in  ICT & Business practical training to  over 400-500 students from over 40 Universities June to August every year since 2012. In the field student training, Web Info-Net has been focusing in three areas, that’s: Business mentor-ship, Information Communication Technology (ICT) and practical  Research (problem solving).

We have been discussing with different internship coordinators and research leaders how we can develop research in Africa and WIN Africa Research Centre (WIN-ARC) came up with a strategy to empower students at Universities and other Institutions by training, motivating and mobilizing funds to sponsor research and implementation of ideas.

WIN Africa Research Centre was officially registered and received a permit to Operate as Non-Governmental Organisation under ACT 2016, File No. MIA/NB/2017/12/417 and Registered under Companies Act 2012 in the Uganda Registrar of Companies Reg. no 80020000587004 to carry out activities in the fields of protecting interests of Researchers, promoting research among youth, Capacity building of Researchers, and the WIN-ARC was authorised to operate country wide in Uganda for 5 years renewable.

PROCEDURES OF OPENING RESEARCH CLUBS WITHIN INSTITUTIONS

We have already started training students in some institutions and we have agreed with University leaders that academic research should be separated from WIN-ARC research initiative, to avoid bias and concentration on getting marks rather than being result oriented researchers(problem solving ideas). 

Participation is voluntary to join Research Clubs, if  you will be able to generate a Unique Idea  after training in the  following categories: Agriculture Development, Education,  E-Governance, Health & Well being, Mobile Application, Industrial Application, Security, Sustainable Environment, and Application Platforms, Tourism and Hospitality, Inclusion and Community. Computer Hardware  — Especially big universities shall be best homes to different Research clubs. 

If you can’t find Research Club that’s right for you. In case university structures don’t allow, Institution student Research Clubs, start their own club out the institution’s/university structures WIN Africa Research Centre will support and facilitate your Club.

If you are thinking of starting a club at your university, here are the five steps you need to take to make it a reality:

1. CHECK OUT OTHER CLUBS

If you’re thinking about starting a club.  There is no need to start a club that already exists, but you’re also unlikely to get approval for a duplicate club in the same Institution.

So, it’s a smart idea to check and confirm that there’s room for your new club before you invest your time and effort into trying to get it approved. Look online www.win-arc.org  by searching on WIN-AR’s site for “clubs”

2. GET WIN-ARC’s APPROVAL

Once you’ve checked that no similar club exists, it’s time to get WIN-ARC approval for your club. The approval process varies on which research category, so contact your Research Club coordinator at your campus or student Research club office to find out what the process entails.

You’ll need to fill out paperwork or an online registration form. the club founder—to attend a one-on-one meeting with your NGO’s Research coordinator. At the meeting, the coordinator will likely ask for verification that you are a student and will describe the exact details you need to establish your club.

3. FIND MEMBERS

After getting approval for your club, it’s time to find members. First, double-check with NGO’s Research coordinator at your Institution that your new club gets listed in WIN-ARC’s directory of Research categories.

4. SET UP A MEETING SCHEDULE

After you’ve gotten some members, it’s time to set up a regular meeting schedule. How often your club meets depends on your activities. Clubs are expected to meet at least once a week.

Planning to meet on the same day (or days) at the same time each week helps to make scheduling easier. It also makes it more likely that your members will show up at each meeting, since a steady schedule means they’ll likely encounter fewer conflicts.

5. ELECT LEADERS AND ESTABLISH RULES

Effective clubs have leaders and rules. These can change each year, or each semester, depending on what you decide. It’s important to establish some structure so your club can be sustained into the future (i.e. after you graduate—you wouldn’t want to see it crumble the minute you leave!).

Often, Research clubs must have a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Your club’s leadership structure should reflect the type of club you have and support research members to accomplish their research ideas.

Similarly, the rules of the club should be designed with your club’s purpose research idea generation, Management, resource mobilisation and individual research support. You might create a “constitution” with rules about club meeting structure, etiquette, leadership policies, and so on however on subscription to the N.G.O shall give the Research rules and policies to follow while dealing with WIN Africa Research Centre(WIN-ARC).

Now that you’ve got this handy guide, don’t be afraid to pursue that idea of yours!

6. WHERE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH CLUBS ARE NOT AUTHORISED  IN THAT INSTITUTION, INTERESTED RESEARCH STUDENTS SHOULD DIRECTLY CONTACT WIN AFRICA RESEARCH CENTRE (WIN-ARC) TO BE REGISTERED INDEPENDENTLY  AS A CLUB.

I Where Some Universities don’t authorise research clubs to be formed, students can form their  own research clubs outside the Institution and shall be considered,  supported by WIN Africa Research Centre for Training, Idea Protection and Research funds mobilisation and WIN-ARC will consider them as an independent Institution in the end of year Research Competition.