HIGHER EDUCATION: THE ROLE OF UNIVERSITIES RESEARCH STRUCTURE

Nader Gholi Ghorchian, Shahrooz Farjad, Ali Taghipour Zahir

Abstract


As higher education plays a pivotal role in the economic well-being of modern societies, universities today are faced with increasing pressure in order to improve their accountability and performance. They have to redesign the research structure to achieve the set objectives. The present survey aimed at studying the factors and related indicators that affect the effectiveness of the research structure of the universities. The sample included 274 faculty members who were selected through stratified random methodat8branchesofIslamicAzadUniversityinTehranprovince (Iran). Research questions were: a) What key Factors influence the Effectiveness of the universities’ research structure? and b) What conceptual model can be designed? Finally, in this study using a questionnaire and factor analysis technique, eight factors were identified and ranked which contribute towards the effectiveness of research structure in universities . Finally, a conceptual model has been proposed for the universities to strengthen their research structure.

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