The university is inclined to the development of products, technologies, innovations and discoveries of new ideas and information. This is facilitated through research engagements of faculty, full-time researchers and undergraduate/graduate students. The activity is geared towards providing products and services to the end-consumers and other stakeholders of the university from various fields.
Research and development outputs must be disseminated through extension. This is materialized through seminars, trainings, community engagements and various approaches. In addition, as part of its information dissemination, the university also promotes publication and patenting of research outputs and provides subsequent incentives.
The Meru University of Science and Technology is a research university and transitioning towards an entrepreneurial university, which is involved in different research, development and extension (RDE) engagements and activities and now transitioning towards Research, Innovation and Commercialization. Research directions are geared towards the university themes and priority areas such as education and literacy: environmental protection and conservation: food security and poverty alleviation; health and proper nutrition: engineering and technology. These are conducted in different research centers and institutes in the university.
The principal thrusts of the Research, Development and Extension Office is generally based on researches and extension programs that bespeke the socio-economic improvement of the quality of life of the people in the region, believing that it would consequently impact on the economic development of the country as well. Inherent in the program are research and extension projects that are basically anchored on the advance of new knowledge, innovative technology, development of novel skill/competence, and inventive product development that can be utilized by the community, and can be used for product commercialization. MUST abides by the concept and principled practice of putting Extensions into the heart of the community, and employs resources convergence from among agencies with parallel passion. MUST adopts the following thrusts for establishing priorities in developing, processing and funding research and development and extension programs and projects:
- Poverty Reduction;
- Food Security;
- Nutrition and Health;
- Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Mitigation Management.
- Inclusive Economic Growth;
- Good Governance and Public Resource Management;
- Human Capital Development;
- Gender and Development;
The RDE agenda of the institutional partners, project collaborators and other client organizations (local or international), is determined by the University Council.