Why pursue research projects in an academic environment
Inaugural lecture delivered on 03 September 2013
The pursuit of academic research is internationally considered to be a key deliverable of academic careers, with ever-increasing expectations of demonstrated research capacity and outputs as a means to substantiate academic excellence. The motivation behind granting such priority to research in the academic environment warrants careful consideration, considering the amount of time, effort and funding invested in these activities. Such consideration is the goal of the present essay, with particular application to the engineering and scientific domains of academic research.