The aim of this paper was to explore and present the
impact or power of the academic research for innovation in practice and policy,
that is, the academic research collaboration in the progress of policy in
government and innovation in professional practices with particular emphasis on
northern Nigerian region. It is a systemic review type of study design.
matter of fact, universities and other higher institutions like polytechnics
schools, have been serving our societies for virtually a thousand years and we
have no doubt in our minds that over that period of time, universities, schools
of polytechnic, colleges of higher education and the world have undergone
significant transformation mainly due to advancement in research that influence
policy formulation and its implementation.
is obviously clear to everyone that, the world is now more complex, more
interwoven or inter-connected and changing more rapidly and that we also live
in an environment that is coerced by news cycles, passing manners and
uncertainty in the futures. Moreover, social structures are changing, as well
as values and attitudes. There are also competition that is growing, people are
increasingly mobile and the global economic becomes centre of gravity that is
changing at a speed not seen before. As such, governments have to address such
problems as climate change, potential pandemics of diseases and food insecurity
that are global in scope and require a coordinated global response. These are
achieved through research (both academic and other form of researches)
and man-made disasters are becoming more common and their consequences greater.
People everywhere feel under pressure. Change is inevitable and one of the
important roles of universities and other higher institutions has been to make
some of these changes possible through mostly academic researches that create
new understanding, new technologies and the potential for action; and by
providing a store of knowledge and capabilities that society as a whole has
been able to draw upon.
this paper, therefore, the author reviewed some papers written by other authors
on the subject and then expressed the situation obtainable here in Nigeria, the
gaps and challenges in the use of academic research in policy development and
practice in the area under review. Some recommendations were also made.
Keywords: Academic Research, Innovation, Growth and Development, Policy Development.
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