Research programs are one of the most important values of Paradigm University. The research and community service office of Paradigm University leads both analytic and applied research projects that can extend the boundaries of our epistemic universe and solve the over increasing problems of our communities and our globe at large.
All the research programs and projects are jointly designed and and developed and carried out in collaboration with our faculty, research team, students, and industries. In addition, our office also coordinates with various branches of government so that local and federal policy makers and executive bodies would benefit from the latest research findings.
Our Research projects are funded in two mechanisms. The first one is by using the direct research fund allocated by the University for this purpose. Second, as the University is working closely with wide varieties of industries, international organizations and the government, it has developed a long list of thematic research areas which most of them has funds promised to be granted by a particular private or governmental organizations. Upon the approval of a research topic, the university will connect the faculty or student researcher to the company for full or partial funding of the research project.
Research programs and community services are just like the two sides of a coin. The ultimate goal of education is bringing about change in behavior or solving a particular problem whether it is metaphysical or scientific. It is the norm at Paradigm University that the curriculum and research themes are emanated from the community. The theoretical foundation of our investigation and the destination of the findings of our applied research is the community.
As an online University, our students are geographically dispersed everywhere in the country. And this is a rare opportunity for the country to get researchers in every corner of the country and walk of life. Unlike student researchers in tradition in brick and mortar Universities, which are confined in city-centers and students have to travel hundreds of kilometres to collect data for their thesis, our students do not need massive funds for transport and accommodation. They can select a research topic from their own company or local community which indeed demands only small amount of funds.
In addition, the community Service Department of Our University formally organizes volunteer faculty and students to provide coordinated community services for the community where our Main office or regional coordination centers are located.
The Research Quality Assurance and Publication Department of Paradigm University is dedicated to the verification and dissemination of research findings via academic journal publications, social media outlet and official channel with sponsored companies and respective government offices.
One of the problems identified in the Ethiopians research tradition is that many of the research findings are confined to the Universities’ archives or libraries; and are made accessible only to the academic community. If the findings of our research do not reach out to the concerned body, we cannot solve the problem or change our behavior under discussion.
In order to solve this problem, the Publication Department of Paradigm University has organized both academic and public dissemination and publication mechanisms. For academic, we have established annual Research symposium and the publication the articles in the form of proceedings. In addition, faculty members will publish their original works to international journals in their own profession. In order to address the wider public who do not have access to the journals either due to language barrier or the complexity of the academic articles, we have introduced monthly newsletter published in English and Amharic. Furthermore, our department will uses our official social media accounts to disseminate breakthrough findings to the wider public.