Staff members, postgraduate and senior undergraduate students of the University, invited guests and speakers participated in the conference. The annual conference of the University is meant to share experiences in research activities among juniors and seniors, staff and students, and invited guests. It is also meant to motivate students and young faculty to engage in research and also to initiate and strengthen interdisciplinary collaborations. The findings of the studies and the resulting recommendations are expected to be used in solving the diverse societal problems we have been facing.
Research activities at the University of Gondar are primarily aimed at solving societal problems. In line with this, the University of Gondar has developed prioritized research thematic areas to fundamentally change the research activities at the University level. The identified research thematic areas are expected to enable most research undertakings to solve community problems through development oriented community service, technology transfer, and skill and knowledge generation. It is worthy of note that our university is located in a unique topographic setting in Ethiopia which enables its faculty and students to look into the diverse societal problems which need the fruits of inquisitive minds. This has recently been witnessed by the huge number of research proposals submitted by the faculty for funding to the University and by the large number of research abstracts submitted for presentation in the University and elsewhere.
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