The School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension organized the fourth East African Multidisciplinary Applied Research Conference (EAMARC4) from November 14-16. The conference whose theme was “Sustainable Development Goals: Role of Research, Innovation and Capacity Building”, brought together distinguished researchers, different industry practitioners, professionals and students to share findings from their applied research along with experiences, achievements and challenges in their respective areas of proficiency

The conference was opened with a keynote address from Prof. Gituro Wainaina (former Director - Social & Political Pillars, Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat), following brief opening remarks from the Prof. Paul Zeleza (Vice Chancellor), and Prof. Amos Njuguna (Conference Convener and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension).

The first day featured a Professional Development Workshop, which brought together researchers in publishing. A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Juliana Namada, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management, featured editors from leading journals, who provided insights into publication and submission processes of various journals. The panel comprised Prof. Zakary Awino Bolo (Editor in Chief, Africa Management Review), Prof. Ntayi Joseph (Dean, Faculty of Computing and Management Science at Makerere University); Prof. Vincent Bagire (Assistant Editor, African Journal of Management and Africa Guest Editor for Transnational Journal of Business), Mr. Kennedy Auma (President, Medical Records Institute; Managing Editor, African Journal of Health Information Systems) and Prof. Barbara Hernandez (Director of Physician Vitality, Loma Linda University School of Medicine).

Another panel comprising Professor of French Prof. Kang’ethe Iraki (Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Language, Technology & Entrepreneurship in Africa), Prof. Jennifer Orwa (Director, Resource Development & Knowledge Management, Kenya Medical Research Institute; Editor in Chief,  Pharmaceutical Journal of Kenya), Prof. Dickson Andala (Editor-in-Chief, Kenya Chemical Society Journal) and Prof. Brian Distelberg (Director of Research, Loma Linda University), shared their own successes and challenges, and provided their own experiences on scholarly and academic development.

On the conference’s second day, a roundtable discussion on linking academia and industry, engaged participants in reflecting on the Sus-tainable Development Goals. The panel comprising Dr. Habil Olaka (DBA, ’17; CEO, Kenya Bankers Association), Ms. Ruth Canagarajah (Associate, Busara Center for Behavioral Economics) and Mr. Fredrick Riaga (Chief Manager - Public Policy and Research, Institute of Certified Public Accountant of Kenya), was moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Kalunda (Assistant Professor of Finance) and Dr. Joyce Ndegwa (Assistant Professor of Strategic Management).

49 papers ranging from strategic management, entrepreneurship, health & welfare, ICT, leadership, governance, management, arts and culture, education, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), environmental sustainability, finance and accounting were presented on day two and three of the conference, facilitated by faculty from USIU-Africa.

Keynote remarks at the closing ceremony were delivered by Ms Florah Mutahi (Chairlady, Kenya Association of Manufacturers) attended by Amb. Prof. Ruth Rono (Deputy Vice Chancellor - Academic and Student Affairs; Professor of Psychology), Prof. Munyae Mulinge (Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor - Academic Affairs; Professor of Sociology), Prof. Amos Njuguna (Professor of Finance) and Dr. George Achoki (Associate Professor of Accounting).