Namibia

31 October 2021

Four Years Wasted at Limkokwing

A group of 15 young Namibians with disabilities are still reeling in shock after discovering four years of studying at the Limkokwing University in Botswana have left them with unrecognised qualifications. Read more

IEB’s International Secondary Certificate Launches in Namibia, Eswatini and Mozambique

Independent Schools now have access to the IEB’s school leaving qualification after a change in the South African regulatory framework for the NSC. Read more

IUM Staff Gets Salary Increment 

The International University of Management (IUM) has announced a staff salary increment of 5% across the board effective from 1 October.Furthermore, the management is also considering the same trend for IUM Medical Aid Scheme (NMC) contributions as well as the IUM Study Rebate granted to all employees… Read more 

NUST Graduates Full of Hope 

After missing a full year of on-campus varsity life due to an abrupt switch to eLearning brought on by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, some Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) said they enjoyed the added advantages of online learning to search for jobs. Read more

NUST Hybrid Graduation a Success

Over 2 000 students graduated through the first-ever Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) hybrid graduation ceremony in Windhoek last week. Read more

NUST Ohangwena Campus to Open Next Year 

Plans to establish a NUST satellite campus in Eenhana in the Ohangwena region, are at an advanced stage.The Namibia University of Science and Technology campus will open its doors in the next academic year with an assortment of programmes. Read more

NUST Set to Become a Centre for Biomass Research 

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) is in the process of establishing an analytical service centre for the biomass industry. Read more

NUST Student Startup Entrepreneur Shares His Experiences

Leo Canopus was among the 7 startups selected in early March, for an initiative by the Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII) titled the NBII Acceleration Programme 2021. Read more

NUST Student Wins Digilympics Championship

Computer Science student at Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Petrus Nauyoma, became the first Windhoek Digilympics champion.The Entrepreneurship Hub Dololo DoBox is the first-ever Windhoek Digilympics. Read more

NUST to Open Doors in Ohangwena Next Year

Plans to establish a Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) statelite campus at Eenhana in the Ohangwena region are at an advanced stage. Read more

Student Fund’s ex-CEO Denies Involvement in Malaysian University

Former Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) chief executive officer Hilya Nghiwete says she has never been involved in plans to set up a branch of the Malaysian Limkokwing University in Namibia. Read more

UNAM Cares Provides Covid Training to Nurses 

The University of Namibia’s social responsibility programme, Unam Cares, has been training 21 nurses working in high care facilities at Keetmanshoop. Read more

UNAM Holds Career Days to Aid Application Process for Prospective Students 

The University of Namibia (UNAM) recently held open career days on 14 and 15 October to guide and expose learners from various schools to the numerous study options at the University and subsequent career choices they can follow. Read more

UNAM’s Geosciences Department Receives Donation of N$350,000…

Haib Minerals donated N$350,000 to the Department of Geosciences at the University of Namibia (UNAM) to purchase machinery that will enable geochemical analysis for academic research and mineral exploration. Read more

UNAM Hosts Vaccination Drive at Keetmanshoop 

The University of Namibia’s southern campus hosted a Covid-19 vaccination drive at Keetmanshoop on Saturday. Speaking at the occassion, Kharas governor Aletha Frederick emphasised the importance of vaccination to protect oneself and one’s loved ones from falling severely ill with Covid-19. Read more

UNAM Leads Green Hydrogen Research Institute 

The University of Namibia (Unam) approved the establishment of a Namibia Green Hydrogen Research Institute, following its Senate’s approval on 2 September 2021. Read more

UNAM Outdebates NUST to Clinch Bank of Namibia Inaugural Debate Challenge

The University of Namibia (UNAM) was the overall winner of the first-ever Bank of Namibia Tertiary Institutions’ Debating Challenge, held on 28 September. Read more

UNAM Ranked Top University in Namibia

The University of Namibia has been named as the top-ranking institution of higher learning in the country and part of the top 100 universities in Africa. Read more

UNAM Sets Target of 1000 SCOPUS Articles Per Year by 2030

The University of Namibia is the top ranked university in Namibia and part of the top 100 in Africa according to various 2021 university ranking systems… Read more

UNAM To Open Green Hydrogen Institute

A Namibia Green Hydrogen Research Institute (NGHRI) was approved by the University of Namibia (UNAM) on 2 September to serve as a national research and capacity building hub. Read more

Vocational Training Key to Global Competitiveness’ Itah Kandjii-Murangi 

The minister of higher education, training and innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi, says robust technical and vocational education and training (TVET) will guarantee Namibia and Africa a “rightful seat” in the global economy.” Read more

 

30 September 2021

Govt Advised not to Dissolve Student Fund 

The government was advised not to dissolve the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) or restructure the fund into a ministerial department, as such a move would render the fund ineffective and inefficient. Read more

Higher Education ED Denies Defying Minister

The executive director of higher education, training and innovation, Alfred van Kent, has denied defying his political principal’s order to extend the term of Namibia’s deputy delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), … Read more

Jobless Graduate Learns New Skills at ICT Centre 

A Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) graduate, who is volunteering at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) rural centre at Onamishu Eengodi constituency, says she has broadened her knowledge in a field she never studied for. Read more

Kandjii-Murangi Rejects Student Village Corruption Claims 

Minister of higher education, technology and innovation Itah Kandjii-Murangi has denied corruption claims in the manner in which the student village project is being handled. Read more

Limkokwing University Solely Malaysian-Owned

Higher education minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi has again denied allegations that she has a stake in an alleged private university project in Windhoek and has been using her position and influence to its benefit. Read more

NQA Accredits Three New Institutions 

The Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) recently granted accreditation status to three institutions, being the Atlantic Training Institution, Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute and the Ngato Vocational Training Centre. Read more

NUST Student Gets Recognition at International Water

A Master of Environmental Engineering student from NUST, Liina Mutilifa, brought Namibia to the world when she claimed the third prize at the 2021 Virtual Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR)/The National Institute for Water Resources (NIWR) Annual Water Resources Conference. Read more

NUST to Host Two Virtual International Education Week Activities

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) will host two virtual International Education Week activities on 07 and 08 September 2021 respectively. The two activities are a Student Representative Councils (SRCs) Engagement, and a Public Dialogue. Read more

Researcher Develops Mobile Platform to Promote San Learners’

Focussing on curbing high school dropout rates in the Donkerbos Village, Omaheke Region, a NUST Computer Science Lecturer, Rosetha Kays, developed a prototype mobile platform for counselling primary school learners. Read more

UNAM Donates Big to Fight COVID

To contribute towards the national efforts of combating the Covid-19 pandemic, the University of Namibia (Unam) has donated clinical items valued at over N$2 million to the health ministry yesterday. Read more

UNAM Old Library Gets New Look and Feel 

The University of Namibia’s ‘Old Library’ has been transformed into a newly furnished multi-media unit, with donations of chairs, tables, reading material and a whiteboard from the Germany Embassy. Read more

UNAM’s Language Departments Opens Refurnished Multimedia Room

The German, Afrikaans and French Language Departments of the University of Namibia this week inaugurated a newly furnished multi-media room. Read more

UNAM Leverages Blockchain Technology

The University of Namibia (UNAM) and the Africa Blockchain Institute (ABI) in Rwanda have announced this week a new collaborative agreement to foster partnerships on teaching and training; curriculum development; staff and students exchange; internalization of academic programmes; and research projects. Read more

 

31 August 2021

Chinese Lecturers Foster China-Namibia Friendship Through Language

Chinese lecturers at the Confucius Institute at the University of Namibia carry on China-Namibia friendship through language teaching. Read more

First Online Science Quiz for Female Learners to Promote Awareness in Engineering conducted

The Faculty of Engineering (FE) at the Namibia University of Science and Technology through Namibia Women in Engineering (NAMWIE) initiative, hosted a first of its kind online Science Quiz for female learners from grade 8 to 10 across Namibia, recently. Read more

Nafasi Water Steps in to Help Unam Students

The University of Namibia and Nafasi Water Technologies, a South African water technology and water utility service company, have joined hands in crafting the university’s new curriculum for the Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching (CILT). Read more

Namibia Gets N$682.3m for Green Hydrogen

Namibia is set to receive over N$682,3 million from the German government to assist with research on venturing into green hydrogen. Read more

Namibia Women in Engineering Hosts First National Science Quiz

In an effort to curb the COVID blues, the Faculty of Engineering (FE) through the Namibia Women in Engineering (NAMWIE) initiative, hosted a first of its kind online Science Quiz for female learners from grades 8 to 10 across Namibia. Read more

NSFAF Coming for 95 000 Defaulters

Although the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund has approximately 95 000 matured loans ready for collection thus far, only a total of 615 student debtors are honouring their loan repayment obligations. Read more

NUST, MTC Collaborate on High School Game Design Jam

Berhanne Wheeler, one of two winners of the first-ever High School Game Design Jam (HSGDJ) competition, said the event was a great experience, where he learnt many skills while designing his game. Read more

Researcher Launches COVID-19 Books for SMES

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of the modern world, and its impact is felt by all. The global pandemic has in particular had a significant impact on businesses. As such, many businesses, especially small onces faced detrimental losses. Read more

Scientific Society Offers Free Astronomy Classes

The course was developed by researchers at the University of Namibia and the University of Oxford and will be delivered via Zoom, free of charge. Read more

Student Commits Suicide after Failing Exam

An International University of Management (IUM) Ongwediva campus student committed suicide by hanging on Monday at Oshikuku. According to Omusati crime investigations coordinator, deputy commissioner Moses Simaho, Florianus Shipepe Nandyaa committed suicide after failing an examination. Read more

Tokyo Olympics: What is the Role of Universities in Sport?

Africa’s poor performance in the recent Olympic Games in Tokyo highlighted the role that universities on the continent could play to help prepare sports stars for the international sports stage, similar to the work done by institutions in other parts of the world, notably the United States. Read more

UNAM Cares Receives Grant for Vaccination Campaign

Namibia Saving and Investment Association (NaSIA) recently donated N$600,000 to UNAM Cares, to enable the institute’s vaccination campaign to continue, with its health promotion road shows, … Read more

UNAM Students Bemoan Slack Service

A group of University of Namibia distance students have registered a long list of gripes and claim the institution’s administration fails them, which negatively affects their academic progression. Read more

 

31 July 2021

Biomass Project Impacts Namibia’s Bioeconomy Development

Under the Biomass Utilisation by Sustainable Harvest (BUSH) Project, a Biomass Research Coordination Workshop was recently held in Windhoek. Academic staff from NUST were invited to share lessons from the project and discuss ways of enhancing cross-faculty collaboration. Read more

Chinese Language Continues to Attract Namibian Students Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, passion for learning the Chinese language among Namibian students continue to gain momentum through online teaching, said Zhang Fan, director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Namibia (UNAM). Read more

Drive-Thru Testing Opens at Unam

The University of Namibia has set up a drive- through PCR test facility for Covid-19 at the Hage Geingob Campus in Windhoek. Read more

E-Learning is Getting Stuck in the Digital Divide

With 82% of students in Sub-Saharan Africa stranded without internet access, many African universities’ valiant efforts to embrace online delivery got stuck in the digital divide. COVID-19 has shown that affordable, accessible internet is more necessary than ever. Read more

Higher Education Day to be Commemorated Online

The Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation has organized and coordinated a Higher Education Day to bring together higher education actors to exhibit and hold open dialogue. Read more

Innovation Hub for Sustainable Tech Opened at Namibian University

A state-of-the-art multi-million-dollar innovation hub that offers a conducive integrated ecosystem for sustainable technology transfer, was launched in Windhoek at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). Read more

Law Society Renews Six Bursaries, Adds Four New Recipients

Four law students joined the ranks of bursary holders at the Law Society of Namibia this year, bringing the total number of students studying law with a Law Society bursary to ten. Read more

NSFAF Targets 130 000 Debt Defaulters

More than 130 000 former students who have received funding from the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) since 1999 were caught by surprise on Friday when they received a cellphone text notification to pay back the money. Read more

NUST to Host a Virtual Run Against Covid-19

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the shutdown of most normal activities, including those of charity organisations that raise funds for worthy causes. Read more

Succulent Plants Project Aims to Transform Agricultural Sector

Researchers from the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences (FNRSS) are currently conducting trials on the production of succulent plants. Read more

Task Force Must Find Opportunities

Opportunities for Namibia in the fourth industrial revolution must be found by a newly formed task force that was appointed by the Namibian head of Sate. Read more

UNAM Ink Agreement with Local Partner to Support Training and …

The University of Namibia and Atlantic III consulting signed a Memorandum of Understanding late last month to support training and skills development of UNAM students and graduates through a paid internship scheme. Read more

University of Namibia to Open 10 Day Vaccination Clinic

The University of Namibia (UNAM) this week announced that they will be opening a COVID vaccination clinic to the public for 10 days. Read more

 

30 June 2021

Advancing Namibia’s Agricultural Trade Policy

The Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences (FNRSS) officially launched a two-year training course under its Agricultural Trade Policy Institute (ATPI), titled Agricultural Trade and Policy Training and Exchange Programme for Professionals. Read more

FHS Dean Appointed as Extraordinary Professor at the NMU

Prof Alinah Segobye, the Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences, was recently appointed as an extraordinary Professor at the North West University (NWU), South Africa. Read more

NSFAF Laptop Delay Irks Students 

As another round of online learning comes into effect today, university students have expressed unhappiness over the delayed arrival of Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) laptops. Read more

NUST is Flouting Covid Regulations – SRC

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) Student Representative Council (SRC) has called the institution’s management out for not adhering to Covid-19 regulations. Read more

NUST Celebrates Technology Day

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) held a Technology Day recently to convene developers, consumers, and enthusiasts of technology. Read more

NUST Moves All Classes Online

The Namibia University of Science and Technology has moved all of its classes online, except for face-to-face assessments, due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in Namibia. Read more

NUST-NSA Partner in Managing Agricultural Data

With the aim to coordinate the collection, processing and dissemination of agriculture statistics, NUST and the Namibia Statistic’s Agency (NSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently. At the University, the MoU will be managed by the University’s newly established Agricultural Trade Policy Institute (ATPI). Read more

UNAM Hosts Seed Project Day

The University of Namibia (UNAM) in collaboration with the Namibia Agronomic Board (NAB) intends to produce adaptable seeds for farmers to ensure that the country is able to produce its own food instead of importing most of it. Read more

 

31 May 2021

Empowering Edupreneurs

The launch of the Edupreneurs project kicked-off on Wednesday, 31 March 2021 via Microsoft Teams through the Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII) in collaboration with Glowdom and Eduix (Finland) in partnership with National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST), and the Southern Africa Innovation Support programme. Read more

Namibia Business School Excels at Africa Business Concept Challenge

The Namibia Business School (NBS) has hailed its students who helped the institution finish in the top five at the Africa Business Concept Challenge held virtually last month. Read more

Nored Awards Bursaries to Engineering Students

The students are pursuing studies in computer science and electrical engineering at both the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the University of Namibia (Unam). Read more

 

30 April 2021

25 Rössing Employees Graduate from University of Stellenbosch Business School

Twenty-five Rössing employees recently graduated with certificates after a six-month management development programme offered by the University of Stellenbosch Business School. Read more

Community Led Upgrading for the Disadvantaged

The research team explored the process of community-led improvements through the communities’ perspective, needs, views and stakeholders such as local and regional authorities. The two main research sites were Dordabis and Groot Aub. Read more

Drought and Heat Tolerant Crops Show Resilience

A research team from the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (FHAS) has reached a major milestone in a study under the auspices of the “Evolution of Stress Tolerant Orphan Legumes for use in Dry Land Farming Systems Across Sub-Sahara Africa and India” (STOL). Read more

German Ambassador Visits NUST

The German Ambassador to Namibia, HE Herbert Beck, paid a courtesy visit to the NUST Vice-Chancellor, Dr Erold Naomab. The purpose of the visit was to exchange views and ideas, and to further strengthen the long-standing relations between NUST and the German government. Read more

Giving Refugees Access to Education

NUST is currently housing three refugee students from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi through the Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative (DAFI) scholarship programme. It is implemented via the Society for Family Health (SFH) organisation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Read more

Namibia Values Environmental Education

Environmental commissioner says environmental education and awareness are critical components in the effective implementation of environmental management and biodiversity conservation. Read more

NUST Welcomes New International Students

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) international relations department welcomed over 160 new international students from different countries. This brings the total to about 700 international students at NUST during the 2021 academic year. Read more

Oshana Council Collaborates with Unam

The Oshana Regional Council has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Namibia (Unam) to support collaborative efforts in research and capacity building in the region. Read more

Unam Curriculum Overhaul to be Completed by November

A major curriculum transformation process of the University of Namibia (Unam) is due for completion by November this year, vice chancellor Kenneth Matengu announced. Read more

VEFIRS Team Seals a Partnership with Andre Foods International

A partnership agreement was sealed … between the Andre Foods international (AFI) and the team of Vertical Farming in Refugees Setting dubbed “VEFIRS”, a team of five innovators and mission-driven African scholars… Read more

 

31 March 2021

Local Financial Firms Award Bursaries to Seven Finance Students

Local firms, Arysteq Asset Management and Simonis Storm Securities, through the Arysteq Foundation, have joined forces to award seven bursaries to Namibian students embarking on a career in finance. Read more

Engaging Learners at DHPS

Staff members from NUST’s India-Namibia Centre of Excellence in Information Technology (INCEIT), recently visited the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS), to take part in a Career Day. Read more

Ex-NIED Boss Wades into Unam Admission Debate

Former director of the National Institute for Educational Development (NIED) Hertha Pomuti, who was one of the influential figures behind the new education curriculum, believes local universities should be in a position to grant admission to grade 11 pupils. Read more

Medical School Limits Intake to 80

“The decision to admit 80 students per intake, including repeaters, was taken [while] taking into account the number of facilitators available and resources at the university.” Read more

NUST is a Reputable Brand

… The Namibia University of Science and Technology new vice chancellor Dr Erold Naomab shares his academic path and challenges faced by institutions of higher learning. Read more

NUST Ohangwena Campus on the Horizon

Plans to establish a NUST satellite campus in the town of Eenhana, Ohangwena Region, are well underway. It is envisaged that the campus will offer an assortment of programmes, with a particular focus on Natural Sciences, Management Sciences, as well as Technical and Vocational Education and Training. Read more

NUST Told to Comply with Court Order

The High Court has ordered the Namibia University of Science and Technology to comply with its order in which it set aside the university’s decision to nullify a tender awarded to a local security company last year. Read more

 

28 February 2021

Bettering the Lives of Underprivileged Havana Youth

Speaking at the official launch of the Café, Dr Delvaline Möwes, the then Acting NUST Vice- Chancellor, said, “The concept of the Café builds on the success story of Rlabs, a South African award-winning non-profit company, established in 2009.

Enabling the Less Abled Entrepreneurs

NUST’s Centre for Enterprise Development (CED), in collaboration with the National Disability Council of Namibia (NDCN) and Old Mutual Namibia, recently facilitated entrepreneurial training for persons living with disabilities. Read more

Govt Clarifies Grade 11 Graduate’s Tertiary Admission Requirements

Higher education minister Iitah Kandjii-Murangi says pupils who obtained C symbols or better in Grade 11 qualify for admission to tertiary education institutions. Read more

High Education Attainment Does Not Guarantee Job

Youth unemployment in sub-Saharan A­frica cannot always be tackled by promoting high education attainment alone, says the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Read more

karaAgro AI & Partners Secure Funding for Machine Learning Project for Crop Diseases

The consortium partners include the Makarere University (Uganda), the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (Tanzania) and Namibia University of Science and Technology – NUST (Namibia). Read more

Management and SRC Take Pledge of Excellence

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Erold Naomab, together with the Executive Committee, and the Students’ Representative Council (SRC), signed a leadership pledge recently. The pledge strives to ensure collegial and the smooth engagement between the parties during their tenure. Read more

Transnamib Invests in Apprenticeships…

For the past two years, TransNamib has provided over 115 apprenticeship opportunities in the trades such as DE Fitters, Mechanics, Electricians, Track Welders and Boilermakers… Read more

Unam Clears Confusion Over Admission

Unam vice chancellor Kenneth Matengu clarified yesterday the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinary (NSSCO) for grade 11 is ranked as a level three qualification and for grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate-Advanced Subsidiary (NSSC-AS) at level four, while Unam’s entry requirement is level five. Read more 

 

31 December 2020

Analysis Reveals Ivory Origins on 16th-Century Shipwreck

An international multi-institutional study initiated by the University of Cape Town (UCT) involving the scientific and historical analysis of elephant tusks found in the cargo of a ship wrecked off Namibia in the 16th century revealed some “remarkable” findings. Read more

ICT Services Self Help Portal

In light of the University’s lockdown that commenced at 16h30 on Thursday, 26 March 2020, the Department of Information and Communications Technology is committed to the support of NUST staff members throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

NUST Receives N$1.3 Million Lab Equipment

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) received four different pieces of laboratory equipment for the analysis of bush-biomass and the development of wood-plastic composites with a procurement value of N$1.3 million. Read more

 

30 November 2020

Certification of NUST Lecturers Continues

The fourth group of 57 lecturers has enrolled for the Institution’s Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) programme, aimed at advancing pedagogical skills and offering lecturers learning experiences of the highest level. Read more

Fifth NUST Annual Programming Competition Goes Virtual

The fifth edition of the NUST Annual Programming Competition recently took place virtually, under the theme: “Creating a knowledge-based society through reasoning about computer programs for the 4IR.” Read more

Making Dreams Come True and Empowering Girls Through Stem

Through the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (FHAS), NUST is providing supplementary educational support to various teachers and selected students across the country, in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subject areas. Read more

Namibians Studying in US Increases Dramatically

A total of 121 Namibian students are currently studying at US universities and colleges – an increase of over 80% in the last five years, according to the US Embassy’s EducationUSA office. Read more

NPS Loses NUST Tender

A local security company, whose three-year contract to provide security services to the Namibia University of Science and Technology was revoked by the Central Procurement Board of Namibia’s review panel. Read more

 

31 October 2020

Lecturer Receives International Recognition for Contributions…

Dr Katherine Carter, Coordinator of the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education at NUST, was recently awarded the status of Senior Fellow by the Higher Education Academy in the UK. Read more

NUST and UNAM Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), and the University of Namibia (UNAM), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently. The agreement will see the two institutions collaborating in various areas to the benefit of students, staff and the Namibian nation at large. Read more

Remote Learning Devices for NUST Students

A needs analysis conducted by the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) earlier this year concluded that many students in Namibia do not have access to laptops or computers, and they cannot afford the cost of data. Read more

Swakop Invites Bids for Development of Tertiary Institution

The municipality of Swakopmund has reserved land for the construction of a tertiary institution and is inviting bids for the project. Read more

 

30 September 2020

International Partnerships in the Context of COVID-19 and Beyond

Societies, including universities are undergoing fundamental changes and adjustments against the backdrop of COVID-19. Read more

NUST, UNAM Sign Partnership Deal 

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and University of Namibia (UNAM) have signed an agreement to collaborate in various areas to the benefit of students, staff and Namibia at large. Read more

Plug-in Campus Promotes Cross-Cultural Learning, Innovation

The Future Tech Lab, a plug-in campus set up within the main campus of the University of Namibia (UNAM) in Windhoek by Finnish higher education institution … Read more

 

30 August 2020

DEBMARINE, UNAM Launch COVID-19 Testing Lab

Diamond recovery giant Debmarine Namibia and the University of Namibia recently joined forces and established a laboratory that is licensed to conduct COVID-19 tests as local transmission cases pile up. The official hand-over of the equipment took place on Tuesday at the UNAM School of Medicine. Read more

Kopano Online Education Forum Empowers Educators in Namibia

Launched in March 2019, the forum, hosted by Center for Professional Development, Teaching and Learning Improvement at the University of Namibia, has grown over time. Read more

Student Fund Blocks N$180m Laptop Tender

NAMIBIA’s national student fund has cancelled a N$180 million contract to supply university students with 32 000 laptops due to “serious irregularities”. Read more

The Namibia University of Science and Technology will Resume Face-to-Face Lectures…

This comes after the university temporarily closed after a Covid-19 positive case was reported at the institution. Read more

 

31 July 2020

Digging Deeper into Soil Microbial Ecology

Determined to help ordinary citizens with the know-how to make informed decisions about ecology and biodiversity conservation… Read more

Engineering Staff Enhance Wastewater Management Skills

Five staff members from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (DCEE), in the Faculty of Engineering, undertook a short training course on wastewater management. Read more

Faculty Rolls Out COVID-19 Care Project for Learners

The Faculty of Management Sciences through the Department of Marketing and Logistics, donated items to the School of the Hearing Impaired to aid the fight against COVID-19. Read more

Higher Education ‘Must Adapt to New Normal’

Higher education institutions must come up with innovative solutions and transition to a new normal amidst the current COVID-19 crisis. Read more

NSFAF Defunding Shatters Students’ Dreams

The Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) says it will not be able to fund close to 50 University of Namibia (Unam) students pursuing a diploma course in local government. Read more

Transformation of Ekusileni, a Breakthrough for Nust

The proposed transformation of Ekusileni Medical Centre into a specialist research and training institution is a breakthrough for the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) that wants to set up a medical school. Read more

 

30 June 2020

Bank Windhoek, NUST and b360 Host Online Career Starter Programme for Graduates

In support of social distancing measures aimed at combating the spread of COVID-19, Bank Windhoek, in partnership with NUST and B360 Education Partnerships, have decided to host an online Career Starter Programme. Read more

 

31 May 2020

Kick-Starting the Production of Succulents in Namibia

A Succulent Bio-Economy project was introduced to Namibian stakeholders by a team of the University of Oxford and the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences. Read more

NUST Hosts First Virtual Graduation Ceremony

A graduation ceremony is the biggest highlight of a student’s academic journey and whilst NUSTs traditional 2020 April Graduation Ceremony has been postponed to October, the University celebrated the prestigious occasion on the initial date, despite the unfavourable circumstances. Read more

 

30 April 2020

NUST to Commence with E-learning in May Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Namibia’s Science and Technology University (NUST), this week said the tertiary institute’s eLearning roll-out will commence on 5 May, as the global outbreak of COVID-19, continues. Read more

NUST Launches COVID-19 Website and Mobile App

Fake news is one of the factors that has proven to be a serious threat to efforts being made by health professionals. For this reason, amongst others, a website and an Android Mobile Application have been developed to provide factual and essential information about the outbreak of COVID-19 in Namibia. Read more

 

31 March 2020

Coronavirus – Namibia: Update an COVID-19 in Namibia (24 March 2020)

The 6th case is a 21-year-old Namibian male, student studying at WITS University in South Africa. He was tested in South Africa, but travelled back before results came out. The results came out today as positive. Read more

For the Love of Pangolins, Student Studies this Rare Mammal

A few weeks ago, wildlife conservationists around the globe commemorated World Pangolin Day, a day set aside to raise awareness about these unique mammals. Read more

NUST Management | Covid-19 Lockdown Measures #5

Yesterday, the President of the Republic of Namibia His Excellency Dr Hage Geingob announced that Namibia, particularly the Khomas and Erongo Regions, will be on a partial lockdown from Friday, 27 March at midnight, to Thursday 16 April 2020. Read more

 

28 February 2020

Cengage, Edge Learning Media Expand Access to Learning for SA’s Tertiary Students, Instructors

Cengage and Edge Learning Media are delighted to announce a new partnership in South Africa. This partnership will see Cengage representing Edge’s leading textbook catalogue within the South African public university sector, as well as in Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini. Read more

NUST Partners with NCRST for Global Inter-Cultural Project

NUST students from the Faculty of Computing and Informatics are set to take part in a first of its kind learning experience. The students are set to engage in an international interdisciplinary project that involves distributed software development across four continents. Read more

Over 1,000 ‘Access Students’ Blocked from First Year

More than 1,000 students who registered last year with the University of Namibia through its access and foundation programmes are stranded without space to further their academic studies. Read more

31 January 2020

BoN Awards Bursaries to Five Best Matriculants

As part of the bank’s bursary scheme, matriculants who passed with flying colours were given bursaries to go pursue their studies at universities of their choice. Read more

Katjavivi Speaks Out Over NUST Infighting

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) chancellor Peter Katjavivi has spoken out against the internal chaos and infighting that has rocked the university’s top echelons. Read more

Minister in Nepotism Storm

A storm is brewing over the appointment of Hepuree Kandjii, the daughter of higher education minister Itah Kandji-Murangi, at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. Read more

31 December 2019

Embracing Maintenance Software Training

The Faculty of Engineering recently held a training on SERTICA, which is a maintenance management system software, widely used in the field of maritime by shipping companies worldwide. Read more

NUST Appreciates Industry Partners

NUST’s Cooperative Education Unit (CEU) expressed gratitude to industry partners for hosting students for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placements during the past three years. CEU acknowledged its indispensable partners’ support towards enhancing the employability of students. Read more

NUST-BUSH Project Hosts its First Regional Biomass Symposium in Windhoek

The Biomass Utilisation by Sustainable Harvest (BUSH) Project in collaboration with NUST and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) which is the main donor of the project, held its first Biomass Symposium recently in Windhoek. Read more

NUST Gets Recognition for Excellence in Cooperative Education

Staff from NUST’s Cooperative Education Unit (CEU) attended the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM) conference held recently in Windhoek. Read more

Namibia Makes Steady Progress on Education SDG

Both Unesco representative to Namibia Djaffa Moussa-Elkadhum and the higher education ministry’s executive director, Alfred Van Kent, … concurred that education continues to be a top government expenditure area, although the country still needs to put more efforts into improving its quality. Read more

Senior NUST Engineering Lecturer Recognised at Global Convention

A Senior Lecturer at NUST and Coordinator of the Namibia Institute of Space Technology (NIST), was awarded a WFEO accolade in appreciation of her contribution towards the engineering fraternity. Read more

30 November 2019

Marine Engineering Students Visit Walvis Bay

A group of Bachelor of Technology in Marine Engineering students, from the Faculty of Engineering, recently visited the Marine Engineering cluster of Walvis Bay. Read more

New Journal Breathes Life into Scholarly Communication

Three years ago, when the National Commission on Research Science and Technology (NCRST) in Namibia mooted the idea of a multidisciplinary academic journal, some critics thought it would never yield meaningful results. Others said it was a far-fetched idea that would fizzle out or evaporate into thin air. Read more

NUST Receives Awards at National ICT Summit

NUST won first place (Bronze Category) for its outstanding exhibition at the Sixth National ICT Summit held recently. Read more

31 October 2019

…as Student Graduates in Hospital

One of our students and former SRC member, Angy Uumati, was in ICU a few days ago and could not make it to the Ceremony. Read more

Debmarine – Namdeb Foundation Boosts e-Learning Lab with Tech Worth N$ 440 000

Swelling student numbers in UNAM’s second largest faculty- the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences recently benefited from a notable sponsorship by the Debmarine – Namdeb Foundation. Read more

New Programmes Awarded in Three Faculties

Three programmes were awarded for the first time at the just-ended Ceremony. The University continuously seeks ways to ensure curriculum development by revising existing programmes, in addition to introducing new ones.  Read more

Otto’s Attitude of Gratitude, Against all Odds

Despite having to walk long distances to get to class and ploughing his neighbour’s field to raise funds for registration, Petrus Otto, successfully graduated top of his class, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. Read more

Rangeland Science Students Explore Farm Middelplaats

A class of 30 first-year Rangeland Science students of the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences, had an insightful experience last month at Farm Middelplaats, 30km to the south-west of Otjiwarongo. Read more

30 September 2019

22nd International Fixed Asset Management Forum Southern Africa (AMF-SA) Conference, Jointly Hosted by NUSTand UNAM

The 22nd International Fixed Asset Management Forum Southern Africa (AMF-SA) Conference, proudly hosted by the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the University of Namibia (UNAM), took place in Windhoek earlier this month. Read more

Alumni Department Comes to Life!

A new department, aimed at strengthening relations with the Institution’s graduates, was opened at NUST a few weeks ago. Referred to as the Alumni and University Foundation, the Department will also be responsible for fundraising initiatives. Read more

31 August 2019

Chinese Astronauts Land on NUST Campus

Two Chinese astronauts visited NUST yesterday to share their experiences in the development of space science. The event attracted scores of staff and students, from NUST and the University of Namibia, as well as school children. Read more

NUST Student Flies Namibian Flag High in Russia

Ronaldo Kathjiheve, a third-year Bachelor of Management student was selected to represent Namibia at the 45th WorldSkills Competition in Russia. Read more

30 June 2019

Unemployed Graduates Turn to Online Businesses for Survival

Unemployed youth who spoke to Youth Corner said they were forced to venture into business online because they were unemployed, despite having obtained qualifications at tertiary institutions. Read more

31 May 2019

NUST Open Houses 2019

NUST School of Civil & Environmental Engineering (SCEE), Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences and NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) held their Open Houses at NUST. Read more

30 April 2019

Iomass Utilisation by Sustainable Harvest (bush) Project Launched

On the 2nd of April 2019, the Biomass Utilisation by Sustainable Harvest (BUSH) Project was officially launched at NUST. The project focusses on technology development, applied research and capacity development in Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation through multi-disciplinary skills. Bush encroachment is one of the key agricultural challenges in Namibia, and the initiative is focussed on finding solutions to these national problems. Read more

Hats off to the Newest PhD Graduates at Nust!

We live in a time where the phrase ‘social media’ has no direct translation in any of our African languages. This achievement is my humble attempt to put it on the map of career options in Africa. To have made history as the youngest PhD graduate to come out of NUST. Read more

Towards a Smarter Campus

NUST had launched a new Mobile Application known as a ChatBot, which is set to revolutionise the way the Institution attends to queries. This App is an automated platform which users can converse with via audio or text. The idea was born out of a longstanding partnership between NUST and AdaptIT, a South African IT solutions company. Read more

Using Remote Sensing to Monitor Soil Erosion

Recently, Kalla Immanuel , a Bachelor of Communication third-year student held a Q and A session with Miguel Vallejo, a researcher and lecturer from the Department of Geo-Spatial Sciences and Technology. This interview forms part of a series in which researchers at the Institution are given the opportunity to highlight key aspects of their projects. Read more

31 March 2019

Will Your Career Choice be Relevant in Future?

According to a World Economic Forum article titled ‘5 ways students can graduate fully qualified for the Fourth Industrial Revolution,’ there are a number of questions students and learners need to ask themselves before choosing a career. Read more

NUST and NamWater Monitor Water Transportation Schemes

A team of metallurgy and corrosion engineering staff from the University are currently working closely with staff from the Namibia Water Cooperation (NamWater). The collaboration is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed by both parties, aimed at monitoring water transportation schemes in the Erongo Region. Read more

28 February 2019

Improving Pedagogy – Learning to Teach

The third group of NUST lecturers has enrolled for the Institution’s Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) programme. The course is aimed at enhancing pedagogical skills and offering lecturers learning experiences. Read more

Public Private Partnerships Under Spotlight

The Faculty of Human Sciences and the Department of International Relations at NUST hosted a panel discussion on “Public Private Partnership (PPS): Leveraging PPPs as a Vehicle for Development,” last week. The event was held in collaboration with PwC Namibia, The Namibian Newspaper, and B360 Education Partnerships. Read more

31 December 2018

Nation Building Through Research and Innovation

“Research and innovation excellence remain one of the capstone drivers in the growth and development of any nation. We are already in the midst of Industry 4.0, also referred to as the 4th Industrial Revolution. As Industry 4.0 continues to change the way we interact with the world around us, new challenges arise…” Read more

31 October 2018

So Many Graduates, Yet Few Jobs

With the number of unemployed graduates projected to soar in the coming years, Namibian Employers’ Federation Secretary General Tim Parkhouse says Namibia skills mismatch is the single biggest cause for the high number of unemployed graduates. Read more

30 September 2018

Education Experts Discuss Transformation of Teacher Education

Teacher preparation should be based on the latest empirical evidence and not on how we were taught decades ago… Read more

Gigantic Partnership

Two of the country’s largest public institutions, UNAM and NBC signed an MOU this week that will strengthen cooperation between academia and the public. Read more

Oshakati Campus Stimulates Research Output

In an effort to upsurge research undertakings, the Northern campuses of UNAM held an intra-research seminar, targeting resident staff of Oshakati Campus, those at Hifikepunye Pohamba and Ogongo Campuses, respectively. Read more

Techcamp Declares War on Cybercrime

The Faculty of Computing and Informatics (FCI), with support from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Information Programme (IIP), and the U.S. Embassy in Namibia, hosted the first-ever TechCamp in Namibia under the theme “Cybersecurity for Everyone”. The event took place from 17 to 19 September in Windhoek. Read more

The Accidental Scientist

A new lecturer, specialising in Radiobiology and Nuclear Medicine at the University of Namibia, Dr Roswita Hamunyela, says she originally wanted to study Tourism. Read more

31 August 2018

Bridging the Experience Gap

The University of Namibia, under its Cooperative Education Unit, recently initiated a two-day workshop on Work Integrated Learning (WIL). Read more

Research Matters for Namibia

The University of Namibia cares about relevant research that effects the lives of ordinary Namibians, their health, wealth and the environment. Read more

30 June 2018

Nored Honours Students at Ogongo Campus Awards Ceremony

Each year, Ogongo Campus organises an Annual Awards Ceremony to celebrate the previous year’s academic achievements and most significantly to recognise and reward students for exceptional work done in their respective study programmes. Read more

31 May 2018

Conference of African studies inaugurated

The University of Namibia (Unam) in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) hosted the inaugural conference of the International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on African Studies last week from May 17-18 at the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management. Read more

Budget cuts threaten tertiary education – Minister

The Namibian tertiary education sector faces a serious threat of termination of critical programmes and erosion of the quality of tertiary education, which may lead to a reduction in the new student intakes if the severe cuts in the national budget allocation continues in the next financial year. Read more

Healthnet Solutions Sponsorship

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”… Read more

30 April 2018

Mbumba Bids Farewell to Prof Hangula with a Standing Ovation

The chancellor of the University of Namibia (Unam) and Namibia’s vice-president, Nangolo Mbumba, has bid farewell to Professor Lazarus Hangula with a standing ovation at his last graduation ceremony as Unam vice-chancellor. Read more

Budget Cuts Threaten Tertiary Education – Minister

The Namibian tertiary education sector faces a serious threat of termination of critical programs and erosion of the quality of tertiary education, which may lead to a reduction in the new student intakes if the severe cuts in the national budget allocation continues in the next financial year. Read more

Namibia Lacks Maritime Educational Institutions

Namibia currently has no institution that provides dedicated education and training in maritime fields at bachelor or postgraduate degree level. Read more

Education is Our New Dawn Namibia

What exactly is education? Education can be defined as a process of acquiring knowledge. Education is a social process; education is growth; education is progressive; education is liberating; education is freedom, yes, a mind set free. Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself (John Dewey). Read more

30 December 2017

Best Researchers of the Year Awarded

A lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering has once again been named the Institutional Established Researcher of the Year and as well as the Overall Established Researcher in his Faculty. Read more

Emerging Technologies in Library Services

The 2nd International Association of University Libraries’ (IATUL) Directors’ Summit was held in Windhoek recently. The event offers a platform for discussion on challenges university libraries are facing and for the overall development of library services. Read more

Hangula reflects on 24 years at UNAM

As the long-serving University of Namibia (UNAM) Vice Chancellor, Lazarus Hangula (LH), prepares for his exit, he is content that he has done his best to leave behind a strong

viable academic institution that also has the capacity to become a promising commercial entity that will, in the long run, help empower the university to augment its Treasury appropriated income. Read more

New NQA Council Appointed

The minister of higher education implored the council to take cognisance of and play a critical role in high-priority areas such as decision-making, which should be timeous in the best interests of the nation, and taken without fear or favour; resoluteness in the execution of fiduciary duties as individuals and as a collective; new human resources development; and maintaining an ethical corporate governance culture. Read more

NSFAF Plays Hide and Seek

The management of the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) failed to attend a parliamentary hearing, causing it to be postponed. Read more

Unam Loses Out On Foreign Partnerships

The University of Namibia (UNAM) had planned this year to introduce several courses in architecture and anaesthetics, but these (and other) programmes have since been put on hold due to budgetary constraints. Read more

30 October 2017

Govt Neglects NSFAF

The broke Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) this month requested around N$630 million from government to pay out student loans, but had only received N$43 million. Read more

IUM and the Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia (PSN) Sign a Memorandum of Agreement

IUM and the Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia (PSN) signed a Memorandum of Agreement to jointly offer a Certificate in Pharmacist’s Assistant. Read more

Maritime Studies at NUST

A partnership between the Namibian University of Science and Technology, the Satakuntta University of Applied Sciences and the Namibia Marine and Fisheries Institute will see the development of a degree programmer in Maritime studies at NUST. Read more

NUST SMSes Demand Students Pay Up

Government-funded students have been receiving SMSes from the Namibia University of Science and Technology, demanding they pay their outstanding fees before year-end exams start. Read more

Unam Students Must Pay 50% of Fees to Write

University of Namibia students with outstanding fees will be allowed to write their examinations on condition that 50%of their tuition fees are paid. Read more

What are soft skills?

Unlike hard skills, which can be proved and measured, soft skills are intangible and difficult to quantify. Read more

Why Fund Higher Education? Who Gets What, When And Why?

Why is society or, in bureaucratic-speak, ‘taxpayers’ money’ spent on an exercise that seems so expensive? Read more

Why Not Lighten The NSFAF Load?

Why are Government funds being paid to a middleman tertiary education funding institution (NSFAF) that then pays that same money to State owned universities?

15 October 2017

Eenhana Energises Vocational Training

The Eenhana Town Council has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Eenhana Vocational Training Centre (EVTC) to provide experiential, on-the-job learning to students studying at the centre. Read more

Important Soft Skills

When applying for a job, many people tend to emphasize their hard skills – the specific knowledge and abilities required for a particular job. Read more

Namwandi Challenges IUM Critics

The Founder of the International University of Management (IUM) and former Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, David Namwandi, says he is disappointed in critics who still think that the university is a sub-standard institution, despite all the progress it has made over the years. Read more

Teacher Vacancies Ready Soon

The education ministry has apologised for the delay in the posting of teaching vacancies but said the temporary inconvenience was necessary in order for the ministry to comply with government orders to trim unnecessary expenditure. Read more

“Training Teachers Is Vitally Important”

Education, the cornerstone of growth and development, needs vibrant, committed and well-trained teachers or it will never work.  Teachers with clear goals, plans, insights, passion and vision steer learners to success.  Read more

Unam Needs Bodies

The University of Stellenbosch will not supply the Unam School of Medicine with cadavers from next year and Namibian law makes no provision for people to donate their bodies to science. Read more

30 September 2017

Civil Engineering Degree Gains International Accreditation

The Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) Degree recently earned the globally recognised ASIIN accreditation. This degree programme has become the only one in Africa in its field to earn this recognition. Read more

Partners in Renewable Energy

The Namibia Energy Institute (NEI) held a meeting with Virginia Baker who serves as the Global and Sub-Saharan Director for Getenergy Events. Read more

Promoting Internationalisation In Higher Education

Scores of students attended the fifth International Education Day (IED) on the NUST campus, which was held to inform and educate students about the significance of gaining international exposure, and being a well-rounded global citizen. Read more

15 September 2017

Available Scholarships for Prospective Students

For most pupils, financial problems tend to crush or at least delay their dreams of going to their desired institutions of higher learning to pursue their tertiary education as they cannot afford the forever skyrocketing university tuition fees. Read more

Education Should Respond to Industrial Needs

Namibia can only enhance its basic and high-level education and develop a well-educated skilled and innovative labour force if its education responds to the industrial needs. Read more

International Accreditation for Architecture Programmes

The NUST Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning (DASP) has once again been granted unconditional validation status for its Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture Honours programmes. The said Department offers programmes in Architecture, Quantity Surveying, Town and Regional Planning, and Regional and Rural Development. Read more

Lack of Funds Delays Payments – NSFAF

The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund says it is experiencing problems in the payment of student loans because of a shortage of funds. Read more

Making a Positive Impact on the Economy

More than 15 papers were presented at this year’s Faculty of Management Sciences Research Day. Whilst some of the papers focused on the economic activities of a number of countries, most of the research aimed at making a positive impact on the local economy. Read more

NUST Lecturer Selected To Conduct Research On Mercedes

A Computer Science Lecturer at NUST and alumnus of the Institution, has been selected by Daimler AG in Germany to undertake a PhD degree in Computer Science through the “Mission to Mars” project. Read more

NUST to Celebrate International Education Day

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) is hosting its fifth International Education Day at its campus. Read more

NUST to Certify Oracle Professionals

The Namibia University of Science and Technology is now an authorised Oracle Workforce Development Partner. The Oracle Workforce Development Programme is an Oracle University programme. Read more

Welcome to the Land of the Brave

NUST is hosting international exchange students from the University of Applied Sciences and Art Dortmund, Germany and the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland. Read more

When a Degree Means Nothing

The days when colleges and universities were only accessible to the rich and elite are over. Higher education has become more affordable and a lot of pressure has been put on students to obtain a university qualification in order to find a good job. Read more

31 August 2017

Certification of NUST Lecturers Continues

The second group of 50 NUST lecturers has enrolled for the Institution’s Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) programme, aimed at advancing pedagogical skills and offering lecturers learning experiences of the highest quality. Read more

Education’s Impact on the Knowledge Economy

The Commonwealth Education Conference was held earlier this week in Windhoek. The event was hosted by the Commonwealth, the University of Namibia (Unam) and the National Council for Higher Education. Read more

Good Rank for Namibia in higher education

Namibia has been ranked among the countries with a high participation in higher education through open and distance learning (tertiary level entrants) on the African continent. Read more

How Schools Are Shaping Minds and Saving Lives in East and Southern Africa

Just as schools are foundational to preparing young people academically, they are also a crucial source in ensuring a student’s health and well-being. Read more

IUM Hosts World Entrepreneurs Day

The privately owned International University of Management (IUM) yesterday joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Entrepreneurs Day with hundreds of students in attendance at the university’s main campus in Dorado Park in Windhoek. Read more

Tech Stations to Accelerate SMME Growth and Drive Economic Development

The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST), in collaboration with the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development recently hosted representatives from various technology stations in South Africa to discuss how Namibia could benefit from the establishment of technology stations, science parks and innovation hubs to foster technology development, stimulate innovation, and drive economic development. Read more

15 August 2017

Bureaucracy Could Restrain Education Initiative

Stakeholders have expressed concern that bureaucracy could impede the smooth success of the Friends of Education in Namibia Special Initiative (FENSI), which will be centred and administered from Windhoek. Read more

Faculty of IT Designs MyIUM Learning Management System

A technical team of four lecturers and students from the Faculty of Information Technology and Systems Administration is in its final stage of implementing its own designed software, named MyIUM Learning Management System. Read more

IUM Launches PhD by Research Programme

A recent significant landmark in the history of IUM was the official launch of its Research based PhD programme. The programme was launched by Dr. David R. Namwandi, Founder and Chair of the IUM Governing Council. Read more

Let’s Train Plumbers, Electricians and Hairdressers

Higher Education, Training and Innovation Minister Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi says Namibia would not be able to attain the development goals articulated in Vision 2030 if the country does not train artisans such as builders, auto mechanics, plumbers, electricians and hairdressers who are the people needed to grow the national economy. Read more

Strengthening Research at IUM

IUM recently revamped its Research Department with a revised Research and Consultancy Policy which will be launched soon. The policy provides, among others, details of the research strategy and how research will be managed at the University for the next five (5) years. Read more

15 July 2017

Architecture Students Make Their Mark in the City

Seventy (70) students from the Department of Architecture embarked on a one-week workshop known as the Vertical Studio Programme. The content of the Programme, which was introduced for the first time, goes beyond the scope of the core curriculum that students need to master. Read more

New MBA Students Welcomed

A cohort of 28 Master of Business Administration (MBA) students were inducted into the Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business. Read more

NUST Facilities impresses UNESCO delegates

A delegation of about 30 participants of the recently held United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) workshop called the ‘Women on The Frontier of Science and Innovation in Africa,’ toured the NUST campus. Read more

Petroleum Upstream Seminar

Eighty (80) participants from the academia and industry attended a half-day Petroleum Upstream Seminar initiated by the Centre for Oil and Gas (COG). Read more

Share Best Practices

More than 14 papers were presented at this year’s Research Day for the Faculty of Computing and Informatics (FCI). The Faculty’s research areas are currently focussed on indigenous knowledge, big data, smart and secure environments and digital transformation. Read more

30 June 2017

Funds Shortage Forces Arts College to Cut Courses

More than 150 students from the College of the Arts in Windhoek marched to protest the suspension of four courses because of a lack of funds to pay lecturers. Read more

Our Demands Are Not Met – COTA Students

Disgruntled students at the Namibian College of the Arts (COTA) said the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has not met their demands made in a petition submitted to the ministry. Read more

The Namibian’s Critical Thinking Competition 2017

The atmosphere was energetic and exciting at the recent Critical Thinking Competition hosted by The Namibian in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and the Namibia Schools Debating Association (NSDA). And Rundu couldn’t have been prouder. Read more

Venaani Proposes Subsidised Transport for Students

DTA president McHenry Venaani on Tuesday proposed that there must be a subsidised transport programme for tertiary students. Read more

Zambezi Education Foundation Awards Best Achievers

The Zambezi Education Foundation – established last year with the main aim of improving the quality of education in the Zambezi Region – recently awarded certificates, medals and floating trophies to the region’s best achievers who excelled during the 2016 academic year. Read more

15 June 2017

COTA Suspends Courses over Budget Cuts

The Namibian College of the Arts (COTA) is about to can some of its courses, shut classrooms and send home more than 100 registered students in their first and second academic year. Read more

Campus as an Academic Space

When students at the University of Namibia staged their initial demonstration over the alleged delay in the opening of the cafeteria and the old entrance gate earlier this year, one of their notable demands was that the university provides enough study facilities. Read more

Funds Shortage Forces Arts College to Cut Courses

More than 150 students from the College of the Arts in Windhoek marched to protest the suspension of four courses because of a lack of funds to pay lecturers. Read more

NUST Well-Represented at Conference in USA

A cohort of 13 postgraduate students and staff from the Faculty of Computing and Informatics recently attended the Association for Computing Machinery Computer-Human Interaction (ACM CHI 2017) Conference, in the United States of America (USA). Read more

Promoting Multi-Disciplinary Skills Among Women

NUST’s Fabrication Laboratory (FABlab), launched a multi-disciplinary pilot student exchange programme in partnership with the Durban University of Science and Technology ( DUT). The project focuses on female students, with the objective to uplift women in fields that are commonly male-dominated. Read more

Transport and Logistic Society Explores Durban Waters

A group of 63 students from the Faculty of Management Sciences visited the Maritime School of Excellence (MSOE) in Durban, South Africa. Read more

15 May 2017

Education Officials Trained On Media Literacy

Representatives from four regions, being Hardap, Khomas, Omaheke and //Karas attended the workshop. The three-day workshop, which ended on Wednesday, was organised by Unesco, and aims at training senior teachers and librarians on the ability to meaningfully engage the media and information channels in whatever form and technologies they are using. Read more

Kalimbwe Released

UNAM’s SRC leader Joseph Kalimbwe appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court today and was granted N$1000 bail. Read more

Kavango East Want Colleges of Education Back

The Windhoek, Rundu, Ongwediva and Caprivi education colleges were merged with Unam when government phased out the basic education teaching diploma in 2012 and introduced a compulsory bachelor of education degree. Read more

Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation

Minister of Education, please come to our rescue – we, the trainees of WVTC are tired of going to the centre every day for our Level 3 supplementary results. What is wrong with the NTA? Read more

Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation

Minister of Higher Education, please come and investigate the staff at Gobabis Vocational Training Centre.  The offices are always empty and even the phones are never answered. They must rather stay at home if they don’t want to work so that other dedicated people can be employed. Read more

NDF Medical Students Stranded in Russia, Ukraine

Army officers studying medicine in Russia and the Ukraine are financially stranded because their allowances from government have not been paid since March this year. Read more

Student Risk Missing Exams Due to Loan Delay

Some students may not sit for examinations later this month because the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) has not paid or issued award letters. Read more

Unam Students Threaten to Break Into Cafeteria

UNAM had to call the Windhoek City Police on Saturday after some students threatened to break into a cafeteria and the old library to study. Read more

Unam Makes Empty Promises

Expelled Unam student leader Joseph Kalimbwe says the institution’s management has been giving them empty promises, and expelled four of them to silence them. Read more

30 April 2017

Benefits of Technology in Studying

With thousands of gadgets, applications and software surrounding us each and every day, it can be easy sometimes to lose yourself in the digital world. Although many often make known the negative effects of technology, there’s no doubt it enriches many lives and enlightens the ones who make positive use of it. Read more

Entrepreneurship Workshop for the Region

After the successful hosting of the student entrepreneurs programme (SEP) conference in Windhoek on 18 and 19 April, higher education deputy minister Becky Ndjoze-Ojo met governors from the 14 regions to discuss the entrepreneurship regional workshop penciled in for June. Read more

Geingob Engages NUST Graduates

President Hage Geingob yesterday stressed that for Namibia to develop, its citizens should become more innovative, technologically advanced and embrace science and research in a more applied manner. Read more

Geingob Encourages Graduates to become Leaders

All of you must become leaders and opinion makers at home, at work, nationally and internationally. Read more

Geingos Stresses Importance of Education

First Lady Monica Geingos has encouraged student entrepreneurs to distance themselves from corruption at the opening of the two-day Student Entrepreneurs Programme (SEP) organised by the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation at a resort in Windhoek. Read more

Ghanaian Entrepreneur Inspires Students

Business ideas can be found everywhere but they are meaningless if consumers do not accept them. Read more

15 March 2017

Business Not Contributing Enough to Research

The business sector is contributing a mere 11% to research and development in the country, a figure regarded as being very low. Read more

Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation

The Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, kindly come and visit the Windhoek Vocational Training Centre – when the school reopened. Read more

Re-Thinking Housing and Urbanisation

The second Public Forum on Namibia’s Urban Future was held recently with the aim to provide a cross-institutional platform to explore, analyse and debate urbanization in Namibia. The event, attended by housing and urbanisation experts, as well as the general public, was initiated in 2015 with NUST as the host institution. Read more

The Unending Labyrinth of Exam Failures

We cannot lower the bar or eliminate tests and lie to ourselves that we are actually improving the educational and skills levels of young Namibians. Read more

Vocational Education in Namibia

Vocational education refers to a system or course of study which prepares individuals for jobs that are based on manual or practical activities. Vocational education is non-academic by tradition, it is specifically trade, occupation or vocation oriented. Read more

Women’s Strength in Engineering

Women engineers are achieving and there is no denying it. They are around us, they are strong-willed individuals and their ingenuity keeps them going. They are special women doing prominent things to pave the way for others who want to follow suit. Read more

31 January 2017

IUM on Strategic Re-Alignment

As part of the International University of Management (IUM)’s growth strategy, the privately owned university plans to transform its Swakopmund campus into a Research, Consultancy and Short Course Centre of high repute and construct a regional academic campus in Walvis Bay, which has a larger student population and is better equipped to handle a greater number of students. Read more

Namcol Introduces Block Tuition

As part of its strategy to increase the pass-rate among its learners, the Namibia College of Open Learning (NamcoL) has introduced a block tuition system. Read more

Nanso Threatens Action over High Tuition Fees

The Namibian student organization, Nanso, says should the University of Namibia deny its members access to tertiary education due to high registration and tuition fees, they would not hesitate to act. Read more

NTA Collects N$800m in Training Levy

The Namibia Training Authority collected N$809 million from 2 703 employers at the end of 2016. Addressing the media in Windhoek yesterday, higher education minister, Itah Kandjii-Murangi said 50% of the levy is paid back to employers based on evidence that they had trained their employees. Read more

Orphans’ Opportunity to Apply For Scholarship

Japanese-based organisation, Ashinaga Africa Initiative 2017 and the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund are giving Namibian orphans the opportunity to apply for a scholarship. Read more

Repeaters Advised To Use Private Colleges

The permanent secretary of Education, Arts and Culture Sanet Steenkamp says Grade 10 and 12 repeaters that failed to secure space at Namcol can also make use of private learning institutions. Read more

Tertiary Institutions Urged To Comply With Admission Criteria

There is a general concern that some of the institutions of higher learning in the country are lowering their admission criteria, a situation seen by many as compromising the quality of education and ultimately undermining the requirements of the job market. Read more

Thousands to Miss Out on Namcol

The dreams of thousands of young people hoping to repeat Grade 12 this year will be dashed, because Namcol is unable to register all the people that failed to obtain the necessary grades for entry to tertiary institutions. Read more

Veya Opens Doors to NUST Interns

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) has signed an agreement with Veya Information Technologies whereby the latter will accommodate students through a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programme.

Vocational Education Graduate Establishes Thriving Firm

Ongwediva-Vocational education has birthed a Namibian company that currently employs 180 salaried workers. The firm called Water Engineering Africa has its headquarters in Ongwediva – however its areas of operation are not only confined to the north but spread throughout the country. Read more

VTCs Offer Much-Needed Skills

Simeon Haihambo, the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) secretary for education, pioneer movement and culture, is encouraging learners who could not secure places in Grade 11 and tertiary institutions to enrol at various vocational centres across the country. Read more

Whose Curriculum, and for Whom?

Our country is again thrust into the debate about what is wrong with our education system after the release of Grade 10 and Grade 12 examination results. Read more

15 November 2016

Distance Learning an Affordable Option

As technology has changed, so has the definition of distance learning, videotaped lectures or audio tapes have been used in tertiary education around the world for many years. Read more

Huge Recognition for NQA Boss

The head of the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) Franz Gertze has been selected to serve on the board of directors of an international organisation with a 280-strong membership and which deals with the practice of quality assurance in higher education. Read more

Namibia Signs Agreement with Belarus

Namibia and Belarus have agreed to exchange information on technological, financial, educational, training and scientific capabilities. Read more

Technology Vital For Cultural Heritage

The Minister of Information and Technology, has appealed to government, academia, civil society partners and local communities to work together to ensure that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is applied to the cultural and creative sectors to contribute to more effective and sustainable development programmes in Namibia. Read more

University Not Only the Road to Education

Education comes in many forms, but here in Namibia we all still aspire to attending some form of tertiary education. The University of Namibia (Unam) and the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST) of course spring to mind. Read more

31 October 2016

China-Trained Clinical Medicine Students Return

The first eight medical students who completed their studies in clinical medicine in China with funding from the Namibia-China Loving Heart Organisation (NCLHO), have returned home to serve their country. Read more

Distance Learning Has Massive Potential

Open and distance learning (ODL) has the potential to contribute and positively impact the lives of many Namibians, as it grants learners access to quality education especially those in remote areas. Read more

Gain Work Experience with the CATS Programme

Imagine that after four long years, you have finally gotten your degree. Your course, however, has not allowed you any internship training and the job you’re looking for requires three years of experience in the job market. So what next? Read more

Higher Education Is ‘Not a Privilege’

The DTA has criticised the government and the University of Namibia following student protest that disrupted exams for two days. Read more

Just Pay Up, Minister Tells Students

It has become a habit for students not to pay. They wait until the last two weeks, and hope that we will allow them to write the exams. But the institution can only render quality education if they pay. Read more

Private University in the Pipeline

Plans to set up a private university through a joint venture next year in Windhoek are being kept under wraps, as negotiations with international universities are said to be underway. Read more

Unam Southern Campus Records Growth

The Unam Southern Campus is the university’s fastest-growing campus and is currently ranked 5th out of the 12 Unam campuses in terms of student enrolment. Read more

Student Leader Advises Fellows to Prepare Well

23-year-old student at the University of Namibia (Unam), Kun-Hilde Imvula, is advising fellow students to study hard in preparation for the final examinations. Read more

Student Nurses Demand Payment of Study Loans

Irate students from Oshakati Regional Health Training Centre say their unemployed and lowly paid parents are forced to borrow money to pay their tuition fees because their study loans have not been paid. Read more

Tertiary Fees Time Bomb Ticks

Since South African students took to the streets to demonstrate against university fees, there have been mixed feelings as far as the students’ action is concern. Read more

The State of Education in Namibia

It has been a whirlwind of a year for Namibia in terms of education. Thanks to the #FeesMustFall movement in South Africa, outrage was felt in the heart of Namibian students as they protested over fees in the #VarsityLockdown struggle earlier this year, in part leading to the teacher’s strike recently. Read more

30 September 2016

Best Uukule Learner Says Learning Is Simple and Easy

Although the road to knowledge may have obstacles, learning is simple and easy, says the best learner at Uukule Senior Secondary School in the Onyaanya Constituency of Oshikoto Region, Martha Amunyela. Read more

PM Calls for Courageous Graduates

The Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has urged International University of Management students to remain courageous and strong, as they face the challenge of breaking into the job market, after graduating. Read more

Namibia Rises One Place in Competitiveness

Access to financing, followed by an inadequately educated workforce and inefficient government bureaucracy, are listed in the report as the most problematic factors for doing business in Namibia. Read more

NCHE Received an International Star Award for Quality

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) in Geneva, Switzerland, received an International Star Award for Quality in the Gold Category from the Spain-based Business Initiative Directions (BID) for Commitment to Quality, Leadership, Technology and Innovation in pursuit of excellence. Read more

Search for Stand-in Teachers is Illegal-Labour Expert Warns the Government

The government’s attempt to replace striking teachers is unlawful and could incite anger and violence, says labour expert. Read more

Students Shine at World skills

The overall winner of the WorldSkills Namibia competition might be going to study in South Korea at one of the technical colleges there, sponsored by the South Korean government, on an all-expenses paid basis for three years. Read more

You Have Until Today – Teachers Warn

Teachers in Khomas Region yesterday vented their anger over what they termed ‘delaying tactics’ by government regarding their wage demands, and have given their employer until today to finalise the strike rules. Read more

15 September 2016

242 Artisans Graduate from RVTC

The Rundu Vocational Training Centre on Friday awarded certificates to 242 graduates, who successfully completed their training in various technical trades, enabling them to become skilled workmen. Read more

Bogus Training Institutions to Face the Music

The Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) and the line ministry is in the process of amending one of its Acts which will make accreditation compulsory for institutions offering training courses and unrecognised qualifications to students. Read more

Engineer Refuses To Supervise Black Trainee

A registered engineer, told trainee engineer that he will not supervise her because she is black and the government wants to drive out whites from the country. Read more

Ministry Won’t Bail Out Unam Defaulters

The Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation says it will not overrule the University of Namibia’s plan to bar students who owe money from writing exams. Read more

Monique Kröhne on The Road to Harvard

Finding the right university can be a difficult task, especially if the institution of your choice does not have the course you are looking for. Read more

Revised Education Act to be Tabled Soon

This comes after the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture reviewed the Education Act of 2001 to harmonise it with the latest developments and current needs of the education system. Read more

Tjivikua on NUST’s Role in Technical Education

University of Science and Technology (NUST) vice-chancellor, says there is a need to train instructors in technical education didactics for the effective transfer of skills. Read more

University of Namibia Opens Campus Expansion Contest

The University of Namibia (UNAM) has launched an open international competition to expand its Katima Mulilo campus. Read more

Will You Lose Your Job To A Robot?

The fields of arts and science may end up as the last bastions of human occupations, as new technologies render certain jobs obsolete. Read more

31 August 2016

NUST to Host Second Programming Contest

New ground was explored when the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST)’s Faculty of Computing and Informatics hosted an exciting two-day programming competition. Read more

Unam Students Learn About Road Safety

The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) and the University of Namibia (Unam) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a view to raising awareness about road safety among students and to benefit road safety institutions through the research support of tertiary institutions. Read more

Vocational Training Enjoys Emphasis

Central to the development agenda of developing countries is the strengthening and capacity building of technical and vocational education and training. Read more

31 July 2016

Lock the Board Chairmen Up

There were media reports of N$2 million that was ‘found’ to be missing from the Marine Resources Fund. Read more

More NUST Programmes Accredited

NUST received Certificates of Accreditation for eight programmes from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) in consultation with the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA). Read more

Namibia Must Improve on Education and Training

In light of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNESCO delegations visiting the country, the Windhoek Observer’s recently had a one on one interview with the Head of Office and Representative of UNESCO to Namibia, to touch base on the mission’s findings. Read more

NCHE Lauded for Critical Development Role

The critical role played by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) in the country’s development was once again emphasised last week, when the quality assurance body awarded certificates of registration to six private higher education institutions in Windhoek. Read more

Training In White Meat Production

The love for white meat and the prevailing drought has pushed retired teacher Amon Uiseb to start a company with the hope of training Namibians in pig, chicken and aquaculture farming. Read more

15 July 2016

Govt Rescues Engineers

The government has directed three ministries to facilitate the placement of engineering graduates and students for internships which will be paid by the state. Read more

Marginalised Students Perform Poorly at Tertiary Level

The Deputy Minister of Marginalised Communities, has expressed concern over the poor performance of students from marginalised communities at tertiary institutions. Read more

Namport Opens Purse to Fund 25 Tertiary Students

Namibia, according to Vision 2030, will transition into an industrialised and globally competitive country offering equal opportunity and realising its maximum growth potential in a sustainable manner, with improved quality of life for all Namibians. Read more

30 June 2016

Kandjii-Murangi Tackles NSFAF Woes

The Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation is set to meet with the management of the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) to discuss the reported infighting and power struggles at the institution. Read more

Loan Holders Left Stranded in Russia

About 50 Namibian students in Russia have been left stranded with no means of returning home after completing their studies, and face deportation to their home country. Read more

Namibia Higher Education Gets Reviewed

The country whose population is just above 2.2 million still has a vast shortage of skills needed to deal with poverty and inequalities largely because the education being offered does not prepare the graduates for real life situations. Read more

NSFAF Lost Data While Relocating

Higher education minister said the beleaguered Namibian Students’ Financial Assistance Fund could have lost data files while relocating to the new premises. Read more

NUST to Host Indian IT Centre

The Namibia University of Science and Technology will host the centre of excellence on information technology which will soon be set up by the Indian government. Read more

Unam Fires Deputy Dean

The University of Namibia has dismissed its deputy dean of students following a drawn-out suspension over alleged irregularities. Read more

15 June 2016

IUM and NCCI Talk to Tackle Skills Gaps

In attempt to fill the plug in the existing gaps in the labour market in order to produce demand-driven graduates, the International University of Management (IUM) and the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry met to explore ways in which the two institutions can collaborate. Read more

Notes from Educators’ Conference

The challenges facing our education system are real and daunting. But the experience was electric and inspiring. And the presentations and discussions were far-reaching. Read more

No Refunds for NSFAF Students

Beneficiaries of the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) have never received refunds. Read more

NSFAF Bosses Hit the Jackpot

The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) board members who were appointed in January last year have been claiming sitting fees like never before. Read more

NUST Opens Online Radio Station

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) recently opened its online radio station, NUST FM, to serve as a source of information and entertainment for its students and host communities. Read more

15 May 2016

Govt to Assist Graduates Get Jobs

Prime Minister has expressed government’s commitment to ensure graduates in the country are absorbed into the labour market. Read more

Government to Help 3 000 Under-Qualified Teachers

The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has introduced measures to help elevate unqualified and underqualified teachers currently on its books to start with tailor-made in-service training to help them upgrade their credentials. Read more

HP Unam Campus ‘Now Safe For Students’

The University of Namibia’s Hifikepunye Pohamba campus in Ongwediva, which was one of the focal areas of concern for operation, is now considered safe. Read more

NSFAF in Deeper Trouble

An independent auditing firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, says the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund failed to provide documents to verify the loans and scholarships they issued. Read more

NSFAF Explains Changes to Payments System

The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund has a new payment system because the old system gave problems. Read more

NUST Makes Progress with Student Debt

Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) says no student whose accounts are in arrears by end of June will be allowed to write examinations. Read more

Unam to Introduce School of Architecture

The University of Namibia (Unam) is in the process of setting up a School of Architecture. Read more

30 April 2016

Conservation Research Station Opened at Impalila

The University of Namibia (Unam) Katima Mulilo campus on Monday launched a biodiversity conservation and tourism development research project station at the Impalila Island. Read more

Fewer Graduate from Unam at Katima

Katima Mulilo Unam Campus registered its lowest number of graduates in recent years, as only 45 students – both in upper and lower primary degree courses. Read more

Higher Education to be Reviewed

Higher education minister said they are reviewing the technical, vocational and training components of the higher education system in Namibia. Read more

NSFAF Cannot Account for Billions

The latest Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund audit report shows that the institution failed to account for more than N$2,7 billion between 2009 and 2010. Read more

Nam Student Designs Reusable Menstrual Cup

It is estimated that some girls in Africa miss up to 10% of their education due to menstruation because they don’t have access to the right items to make them feel clean and comfortable. Read more

NUST to Help Solve Water and Sanitation Problems

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Seecon International GMBH. Read more

Unam Gets Land to Expand Katima Campus

The Katima Mulilo Town Council has donated land to the University of Namibia for the institution to expand its campus. Read more

Unam Produces First−Ever Medical Doctors

The graduation of the first locally trained doctors is a declaration to the world that Namibia is slowly but surely moving away from being dependent on other countries’ expertise. Read more

15 April 2016

136 Namibians Pursue Vocational Training in SADC

Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) has finally made it possible for students who did not obtain university admission grades in Grade 12 and those with Grade 10 to receive technical and vocational fields in other SADC countries. Read more

A Job or University?

In most cases, the consequences of our decisions are unpredictable if we do not evaluate and analyse the results of our decisions in the long term. Read more

NUST First Graduation Later This Month

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) will soon have its first graduation ceremony where over 1 000 students will graduate with qualifications from various faculties. Read more

NUST to Recover Student Debts

Following a students’ victory in January against the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) over registration and tuition fees this year that saw student registering for free, NUST has now started debt recovery from students with the end of April as deadline. Read more

Questionable Bursary Funding

Namibians are largely involved in self-enriching scandals and the awarding of educational loans this year was biased. Read more

Unam Downplays Library Flood Damage

The University of Namibia (Unam) has dismissed reports that a water leakage in the library at its main campus caused considerable damage to books and computers. Read more

1 April 2016

Amukoto Advises Fellows to Take Education Serious

One of the smartest students at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), is advising all young people to pay more attention to their studies as education is the key to success. Read more

Aspiring Medical Student Appeals for Funding

The future of a young Namibian man looks bleak as he struggles to raise funds for his studies at a medical school in Russia. Read more

Logistics Research Seminar Series Launched

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) based Namibian-German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) launched a research seminar series this week as part of its drive to join global university rankings. Read more

15 March 2016

NUST on Autopilot

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) has been without a council for more than four months, thereby making vice chancellor very powerful. Read more

Youth Seek Prime Minister’s Help

SIX Namibian graduates from a Cuban university yesterday told Prime Minister that they cannot find jobs. Read more

29 February 2016

Haufiku on Issues confronting UNAM

The University of Namibia (Unam), the largest public tertiary institution in Namibia, has of late been involved in various issues ranging from student protests, appointments of locals into leadership jobs, as well as axing some of its senior officials for alleged tender fraud. Read more

Out of Protocol – Fees Must Fall

NAMIBIAN academic institutions and our higher education establishment would do well to learn the lessons of the ‘Fees Must Fall’ protests in South Africa. Read more

15 February 2016

IUM Launch Centre for Institutional Improvement and Performance

A new Centre for Institutional Improvement and Performacne (CIIP) has opened at the International University of Management (IUM) to meet the growing demand for quality executive and professional training locally. Read more

Nampower Awards 21 Bursaries

As a responsible corporate citizen NamPower contributes immensely to the education of young Namibians. The allocation of new bursaries annually forms part of NamPower’s contribution and commitment to the education sector. Read more

Southern Campus Ready for First Graduates

Six students will this year become the first graduates of Unam Southern campus since its inception in 2014. Read more

Unam Warns Students

The University of Namibia’s vice chancellor, has threatened to expel any student who dares to undemocratically lock down the campus. Read more

January 2016

Govt Clarifies Tertiary Education Fees

Higher Education Minister has clarified that tertiary education in Namibia is not yet free, despite the decision last week to allow university students to register without having to pay a fee. Read more

Grade 12 Results Show 10% Drop in University Admissions

It also shows that the performance, if measured against Namibia’s Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) desired outcome number two which aims for the increase in the percentage of learners meeting admission requirements to universities on 25 points. Read more

Major Boost for Fablab from USA

The sponsorship, which consists of two commercial licenses and ten educational licenses of a software programme known as SolidWorks, was facilitated by Alex Zavatone who had taught an IOS development course at NUST during late last year. Read more

New Year Ushers in New Higher Education Funding Formula

Namibian higher education funding will be based on a new formula from the 2016-17 academic year. The country now calculates operational funds based on the number of courses, which translate into credit units, for which a student is registered. Read more

No Reprieve for Failed English Students

Learners with an E Symbol in Grade 12 English should not be denied an opportunity to further their studies at tertiary institutions, Education, Arts and Culture Ministry Permanent Secretary Sanet Steenkamp has said. Read more

NUST Students Still Have To Pay

Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Vice Chancellor Professor Tjama Tjivikua yesterday said the university’s registration fees of N$3 500 have not been scrapped, as widely believed, and must be settled before students sit for exams in June. Read more

UNAM Directed To Register Students Unable To Pay

The Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation has directed the University of Namibia (Unam) to allow students to register for the 2016 academic year without having paid a registration fee, specifically those unable afford it. Read more

Students Demo Hits Unam Northern Campus

Operations at the Hifikepunye Pohamba Unam Campus at Ongwediva ground to a halt when students demonstrated against paying registration fees. Read more

December 2015

No University Fee Increase

The Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation has said that it is unaware of proposals to increase tuition fees at the country’s two biggest universities, the University of Namibia (UNAM) and the newly-renamed University of Science and Technology (UST) previously known as the Polytechnic of Namibia, next year.  Read more

NTA, GIZ Set to Address Skills Shortage

In the hope of addressing the skills shortage in the country, the Namibia Training Authority and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) signed a Promotion of Vocational Education and Training (ProVET) agreement. Read more

Teachers need better training in vernaculars

The Secretary-General of the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) says the education ministry should equip teachers who teach first languages with the right resources. Read more

UNAM Increases Fees

Hot on the heels of violent protests in neighbouring South Africa over university fee hikes, the University of Namibia has announced that come registration 2016, their fees will increase by 7,5%. Read more

November 2015

Geingob orders PM to Sort out Polytechnic The President has instructed Prime Minister to sort out the problems afflicting the leadership of the Polytechnic of Namibia Council. Read more

International Relations Strengthened at NUST Delegations from Germany’s Justus Liebig University (JLU) and South Africa’s North West University (NWU) visited NUST recently to strengthen relations between the three institutions. Read more

NUST Council Booted Out Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation has informed members of The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Council that their term of office will come to an end this month. Read more

Students Should Study and Struggle The vision of that global institution for the African continent is rather a network of privately-owned community colleges instead of universities. Read more

October 2015

Defying the Odds For years now there has been a lot of debate about which tertiary education institution is the best in Namibia. Read more

Government Needs Fixed Funding System Polytechnic of Namibia students might pay 10% more in fees during 2016. In the same vein their counterparts at the University of Namibia could face a fee hike of 15% next year. Read more

Namibia Should Take #FeesMustFall Seriously Namibian academic institutions and the Namibian government would do well to learn the lessons of these #FeesMustFall protests. Read more

Now Unam Wants 15% The Office of the Bursar at the University of Namibia has proposed a 15% increase in student fees for the 2016 academic year. News of the proposed fee hike comes hot on the heels of violent protests in neighbouring South Africa, which saw students taking to the streets to oppose a 10.5% fee hike proposed by universities in that country. Read more

The PhD Rule – A Move in the Right Direction They will not be allowed to stand in front of university students without earned PhD degrees come 2017. Read more

The 20% Solution The recent announcement by President Hage Geingob that he will donate 20 percent of his salary to scholarships and bursaries for students strikes a disheartening chord. Read more

Unam, an Institution in Transition The University of Namibia (Unam) may probably not be the best in the world but it is the best institution in our own context. Read more

September 2015

Graduating from University with Debt For the majority of tertiary students, the loans they take through the Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) [and other private loans] actually provide them opportunities which they otherwise would not have to afford their education. Read more

August 2015

Polytechnic Council Needs Help Minister of Higher Education, Innovation and Training says that ministers need to apply their minds when selecting council or board members of academic institutions. Read more

Unam to Lay Off 14 Workers The University of Namibia is undergoing a restructuring exercise that will see 14 workers from the external studies department losing their jobs. Read more

 

July 2015

Bursaries and Scholarships Available Now For some pupils who are in high school, it is difficult to think of attending a university when finances get in the way. With the rising costs of tertiary education every year, many are forced to abandon their hopes of wearing their first-ever graduation gowns and receiving their degrees in front of their parents and lecturers. Read more

Kraatz Goes Hi-tech With Welding Education Kraatz Marine says it invested more than N$500,000 into the procurement of a welding simulator and other equipment to take welding education and skills development to the next level. Read more

July is Distance Education Month for Southern Business School Southern Business School Namibia is bringing extra focus to higher education in Namibia by providing easy access to prospective students to register for their higher education qualifications in three locations in Namibia. Read more

Vocational Training Key to Economic Growth Higher education, training and innovation minister says technical and vocational training is the main driver for the growth of the national economy. Read more

 

June 2015

Bill Drags Out Polytech Transformation The renaming and subsequent rebranding of the Polytechnic of Namibia will only take place once the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Bill has been signed into law by the president. Only then will the Polytechnic change its name and status officially. Read more

Kandjii-Murangi Backs UNAM Merger Minister of higher education Itah Kandjii-Murangi says the merging of the four Unam education colleges was introduced to produce quality teachers and will remain in operation. Read more

 

MAY 2015

The Case for Science Advice It is inconceivable for any government to propose qualitatively-different public policies and approaches to development without access to independent and credible science advice. Science advice is not only of arterial importance to public policy formation and review, but integral to the construct of the knowledge economy itself. Read more

 

April 2015

Higher Education Needs Transformation The Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, says higher education needs transformation through transparency. Read more

N$1,2m to improve qualifications of lecturers Reports revealed that over N$1,2 million was spent on improving the qualifications of lecturers at the Polytechnic of Namibia as well as the University of Namibia. Read more

 

March 2015

Namwandi Warns Fly-By-Night Education Institutions Education minister David Namwandi has warned unrecognised educational institutions both locally and abroad that are trying to dilute the Namibian education system that they will be dealt with. Read more

Higher Education Advanced in China The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Namibia and his team have just returned from China after a month-long visit where they took part in seminars on higher education. Read more

Rodney Saul Wins a Year of Free Education at SBS Southern Business School (SBS) Namibia, Omulunga Radio and Fresh FM joined forces in hosting an on-air competition where one lucky winner stood the chance of walking away with a year of free higher education. Read more

UNAM’s Case Against Pomuti Flops Suspended University of Namibia’s Director for the University Central Consultancy Bureau (UCCB) will likely be reinstated in his position after investigations into his alleged misconduct fell flat. Read more

SANORD Conference in Namibia 1-3 December 2015 SANORD (Southern African-Nordic Centre) and the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) are proud to announce the next SANORD conference that will be held in Windhoek, Namibia, from 1- 3 December, 2015. Read more

 

FEBRUARY 2015

New Funding Measures for Tertiary Institutions The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) will oversee the funding formula through the Higher Education Management Information System (HEMIS) that will collect data from all tertiary institutions for computing the estimated subsidies. Read more

Biannual Student Intakes Not Feasible The country’s leading tertiary institutions have dismissed calls for them to have two student intakes a year citing inadequate funding from the government. This is despite the fact that the Ministry of Education received the biggest chunk of the national budget last year. Read more

 

JANUARY 2015

Teachers Urged to Work Hard Teachers are reminded that, as public servants, they are duty-bound to give value to public money through commitment to their teaching profession. Read more

The State of Funding Higher Education Education is definitely one of the principal means available to foster a deeper and more harmonious form of human progress and development. Read more

Be Careful With Bogus Institution, NQA Warns Namibian Qualification Authority has urged Namibian Students to think carefully before enrolling with higher education institutions to avoid registering with bogus establishments. Read more

 

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