19 Feb 2014 17:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 19 FEB (NAMPA) Lectures at the new University of Namibia (Unam) southern campus in Keetmanshoop officially commenced on Wednesday, although not at the institution itself.
The campus is yet to be constructed between the Kronlein and Noordhoek residential areas of Keetmanshoop.
Fifty pioneering students from the //Karas, Omaheke, Oshana, Otjozondjupa, Hardap, Zambezi and Kunene regions as well as one from Zambia are enrolled here.
While waiting for the construction, the students are attending classes at the just-renovated Teachers Resource Centre (TRC) and the Unam Centre in Kronlein.
In its first phase, the southern campus is offering a Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Pre- and Lower-Primary Education; Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours); and a Diploma in Entrepreneurship.
Other courses such as Geoscience and Agriculture will follow in future.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Unam Southern Campus here in September last year.
Speaking at the opening on Wednesday, Unam Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lazarus Hangula thanked the local authority for availing land, and the community for providing the initial infrastructure and resources for accommodating staff and students.
He thus appealed to the new students to give back to the local community and the entire nation through hard work, and getting involved in projects which directly impact the socio-economic wellbeing of the people.
It is important to reiterate that as a result of its geographical location, this campus renders itself to many challenges, not least among them attracting and retaining staff, especially highly-qualified and experienced professors and lecturers.
However, we are ready to overcome any challenge facing our way, Hangula stated.
The vice-chancellor said he believes that in the future, this campus will also host students from the Faculty of Health Sciences, especially the School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy and School of Nursing.
We firmly believe that new campuses should be created to promote and strengthen the economic development of our nation through research and responding to challenges that hinder the domestic exploitation of our resources, Hangula remarked.