Development of Research and Innovation Capacity Index of HEIs on Disaster Resilience Related Studies

Hayat, Ezri, Liyanage, Champika Lasanthi orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-6687-3611, Haigh, Richard and Amaratunga, Dilanthi (2018) Development of Research and Innovation Capacity Index of HEIs on Disaster Resilience Related Studies. Procedia Engineering, 212 . pp. 1249-1256. ISSN 1877-7058

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Research capacity development is one of the most critical challenges facing HEIs in the Asian countries. Growing the number and quality of researchers is a strategic issue. For academia, developing research capacity can help enhance academic fulfilment as well as provide career advancement. The notion that excellent people are a resource to be treasured has led to increased attention being paid to how to attract, support and retain them, thereby building research capacity. This paper is part of an Erasmus plus co-funded project called ASCENT, which focuses on building the research and innovation capacity (R&I) of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) on disaster resilience related studies. This paper particularly aims at reviewing the current context and gaps in the literature with regards to the indices used to assess the research capacity of the higher education institutions. Qualitative systematic review approach was adopted at the initial stage, followed by three-round Focus Group Discussion with high -level academics from 14 countries in Asia and Europe. Twenty-one Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of HEIs Research and Innovation Capacity were identified, which were grouped into three themes: Structure, System, and Policy; Skills and Training; and Staff.

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