19 Feb 2014 17:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 19 FEB (NAMPA) The start of the Degree in Military Science at the University of Namibia (Unam) this year is a challenge but not an insurmountable one, the institutions leader said on Wednesday.
Unam Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lazarus Hangula said this during the commencement of lessons at the Unam Southern Campus here.
The course was developed at the behest of the Namibia Defence Force (NDF).
Hangula said all over the world, warfare and peace enforcement have ceased to being confined to trenches only - they have become more sophisticated and require more complex training, skills and the use of technology, hence the introduction of the course for defence force members.
Some of the soldiers lacked sufficient scientific background to fully undertake this degree programme. Therefore, to prepare them, Unam has introduced a preparatory course for the soldiers to respond to their needs, he said.
He further said there is hope that when the course is fully functional, students in the Faculty of Science can opt to join the military and become officers eventually.
We envisage that it will also allow for further specialisation in our military, the vice-chancellor said.
Highlighting other achievements of Unam, Hangula noted that the first Unam-taught medical doctors and pharmacists will graduate in May 2015.
As we begin our academic year for 2014, it gives me great pride and pleasure to announce to all and sundry, that we are well on our way to graduating our first home-grown medical doctors and pharmacists.
Their academic programme which ends this year has a unique feature, in that students will this year begin a one-year-long rotation in the northern and central parts of our country, explained Hangula.
He also announced that Unam is exploring ways to establish a Teaching Hospital of its own, designed to provide advanced medical care, conduct research and train managers for the countrys health facilities.
Hangula further said following the request of Government and the need to meet the high demand for teachers especially at primary level, the university will reintroduce the Education Diploma programmes for some teachers until 2019.
We will not replicate how teacher training was done in the past. We will take a strategic view to this diploma so that teachers who graduate are specialists in given areas that include Mathematics and Science, he explained.
Some of the entry requirements for the Degree in Military Science are a National Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) or equivalent; Namibian citizenship; and a positive police security clearance.
The age requirement is 18 to 25.