Tertiary institutions asked to incorporate entrepreneurship

14 Apr 2014 08:40am
WINDHOEK, 14 APR (NAMPA) - Tertiary institutions should incorporate entrepreneurship as a subject in their curriculum so that their qualifications could be aligned with the demands of industry.
This was the call from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Standard Bank Namibia, Junius Mungunda on Friday during the Polytechnic of Namibia’s (PoN) 19th graduation ceremony.
“PoN is doing extremely well in this regard, given that your programmes and qualifications are industry-focused and practiced-oriented, and this makes the demand for its graduates high in the market,” he noted, adding that it is important that institutions should not prepare graduates to be job-seekers.
“We need a new calibre of graduates who are to be job-creators and not only seekers. In this regard, institutions need to ensure that entrepreneurship is incorporated into their curriculum,” he reiterated.
Mungunda then advised the graduates that no matter what situation they would find themselves in, they must always proceed with confidence.
“You must always keep in mind that as a Polytechnic graduate, you are well-equipped for the next step and ready to make a difference, and just remember that your attitude can be as important as your aptitude in navigating the waters ahead,” he stated.
Graduation ceremonies are not only about recognising their academic achievements, but about them turning their knowledge and skills into gifts which would develop their communities and the nation at large, he added.
Mungunda further advised the graduates to show appreciation and respect for all those who had helped them in their journey, and to always remember that their achievements are borne out of their family, friends and lecturers’ faith and support.
“As you forge ahead, always think of others who may need a boost on their own way, and in the process continue to create hope and opportunity for those who will come after you,” he told them.