DDU Research Priority Areas

DDU is expected to contributing to the developmental needs of the country by supporting and conducting applied researches which are demand driven, problem-solving and helpful to the expansion of knowledge. Being cognizant of Article 15 of the Higher Education Proclamation 649/2009, the National Science and Technology Policy (ESTC, 1993), governing science and technology related endeavors in the country, and the prevailing realities in Dire Dawa Administration; the following research priority areas have been identified. However, these lists are not exhaustive, but they are pointers to the research priorities and research directions of the University.

  1. In natural resource development and environmental protection, research needs to:
    • Map out the country’s ecosystem/ecology to identify and document the diverse biological resources and to collect, store, protect and utilize the plant and animal genetic resources.
    • Design and implement appropriate land use, practical and sustainable land conservation methods.
    • Mechanisms to maintain the natural forest or, in general, control deforestation and ecological imbalance.
    • Discover, popularize and develop fast growing, drought resistant and multi-purpose tree species so as to rehabilitate and develop degraded environments.
    • Reduce and control air, water and soil pollution from agriculture and industrial chemicals.
    • Strengthen technologies/methods that would help follow up changes in the environment and to forecast, prevent and minimize the effects of natural disasters.
  2. In the area of industry, research should aim at:
    • Strengthen linkages between industry and agriculture.
    • Explore markets for basic goods, implements and equipment to promote small scale and rural industries.
    • Develop techniques for the production of industrial raw material and other inputs.
  3. In the areas of water resources development, research should aim at:
    • Improve the quality, quantity, conservation and utilization of ground and surface water,
    • Multi-purpose water resource development for an integrated provision of water resources for agriculture, energy transport and private use,
    • Supply of reliable and clean water supply to urban and rural dwellers,
    • Improve water resource identification, development and management, and
    • Control of sedimentation, watershed management and use of rainwater.
  4. In the area of energy, research should aim at:
    • Ensure the supply of sustainable and reliable energy
    • Research on the development and utilization of fast growing trees and strengthen bio-mass energy development.
    • Utilize of water as a source of energy
    • Supply and use petroleum, natural gas, coal and geothermal.
    • Search and use alternative and renewable sources of energy.
    • Ensure efficient and economical use of energy in all sectors.
    • Develop equipment for generation and utilization of energy.
    • Develop and utilize of energy technologies suitable to the rural population.
  5. In the areas of construction, research should aim at:
    • Produce, use and popularize appropriate and local specific construction materials, equipment and technology.
    • Develop capacity for design, management, execution and follow-up in priority accord economic sectors such as water works, dams, and irrigation; transport and communications.
    • Generate and develop of technologies for a labor intensive and speedy over-all development of the construction sector.
    • Improve and promote wider application of traditional construction technologies.
  6. In the areas of transport and communications, research should aim at:
    • Utilization and repair of modern as well as alternative transport means.
    • Production and application of simple telecommunication equipment.
  7. In the area of mineral and hydrocarbon resources, research should aim at:
    • Preparation, dissemination of simple techniques and strategies that promote the exploration, study and utilization of mineral resources,
    • Study, explore and develop minerals,
    • Explore, develop and manage hydrocarbon resources
    • Seismology.
  8. In the areas of health and population planning, research should aim at:
    • Prevention and control of communicable and parasitic diseases,
    • Improve and sustain maternal and child health,
    • Identify causes and solutions of urban and rural community health problems,
    • Food and nutrition studies,
    • Traditional medicine and health related beliefs and attitudes,
    • Environmental pollution and health problems,
    • Clear water supply and environmental sanitation,
    • Research on the prevention of newly emerging diseases,
    • Health service systems,
    • Effectiveness of family planning strategies,
    • Public Health, Traditional Health Systems, HIV/AIDS, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychology, Dentistry, Youth And Well-being.
  9. Others may include:
    • Transformation and Management: Governance, Labour, Human Rights,
    • Communication; Information Management, Information and Computer Literacy,
    • Technology; ICT, Biotechnology, Material Science, Applied Chemical Sciences
    • Business; International Business, Economic Law
    • Heritage; Ethiopian Studies, Museum And Heritage Studies, Cultural Studies
    • Language; Multi-lingualism, Literary Studies, Communication And Society
    • Education; Science And Mathematics Educations, Professional Educator Development, Education System Change