Principles and objectives of the policy

The Research Policy of the Regional Maritime University is based on the following principles:

  • The encouragement of quality research by the institutional provision of an enabling environment in which academic staff (researchers) can flourish and gain prominence nationally, in the sub-region and elsewhere internationally.
  • The upholding of academic freedom in order to encourage the free exchange of ideas that is a necessary prerequisite for academic excellence.
  • The adherence of all researchers to appropriate standards of relevance and responsibility including those of ethics.
  • The supporting of the right of all academic staff to conduct research and engage in scholarship and to publish their findings as well as their right, where applicable to seek research funds in support of their research.
  • The provision of guidelines for optimum research activity
  • The recognition that research activity by academic staff should be considered for career advancement and should be balanced with other obligations of academic staff including pedagogical and administrative responsibilities.


The prime objectives of research at the Regional Maritime University are as follows:

  • To design a broad and strategic RMU research agenda - based on RMU strengths - that is aligned with national priorities within member States as well as the needs of the international maritime community.
  • To encourage and support academic staff of the university to conduct research in all fields and disciplines in the maritime industry
  • To advance the university’s mission and enhance its standing as a research-based tertiary institution of international repute.
  • To publicise research findings through dissemination in a peer-reviewed RMU journal and other fora
  • To inform and enhance teaching and professional practice at the RMU
  • To support the scholarly development of academic staff
  • To contribute in financial terms to the University



The University, in order to achieve the objectives set out above, and in its quest to develop a pervasive and sustainable research culture, is committed to:

  • Soliciting for and notifying academic staff of research opportunities and assisting them, through the Research and Consultancy Department and their individual departments, to pursue such opportunities
  • Providing the necessary resources particularly library, laboratory and ICT facilities (including software), as is reasonably practicable, for the purposes of research
  • Supporting staff participation in both local and international academic conferences and similar meetings
  • Funding research activities, through the Research and Consultancy Department
  • Supporting the development and maintenance of a scholarly journal.