More than 300 graduate at Unam's northern campuses

23 May 2014 18:17pm
ONGWEDIVA, 22 MAY (NAMPA) – President Hifikepunye Pohamba awarded certificates, diplomas and degrees to students who graduated from the University of Namibia (Unam)’s northern campuses of Ogongo, Oshakati and the Ongwediva Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology on Thursday.
The 367 students graduated in various disciplines such as agriculture and natural resources, economics and management sciences, education, health sciences, humanities and social sciences, and engineering and Information Technology.
Pohamba stated that their graduation signified the realisation of the aspirations of young Namibians who work with dedication to obtain tertiary qualifications.
“It also demonstrates our government’s success in expanding access to education by building tertiary education facilities in the areas where they did not exist in the past,” he said.
The Head of State added that it is also part of government’s commitment to bring tertiary education closer to the people.
Pohamba, who is also the Chancellor of Unam, congratulated the graduates for their perseverance which enabled them to obtain tertiary qualifications.
“This is an important step in the development of your careers as professionals in different fields,” the President noted.
He went on to urge the graduates not only to become job-seekers, but also to become entrepreneurs who create job opportunities for themselves and other Namibians.
Speaking at the same event, Vice-Chancellor of Unam Professor Lazarus Hangula indicated that five of the graduates are from Zambia, four from Zimbabwe, two from Botswana and one each from Malawi and Nigeria.
“This year alone, a total of 2 215 students are graduating from all our campuses and from a total of 16 countries, including Namibia,” Hangula pointed out.
Patricia Joseph, a graduate in the Bachelor of Nursing Science (Clinical) (Honours), was the only one student to obtain a cum laude, while engineering and Information Technology graduates Leonard Shemuvalula and Elizabeth Haikali were the best male and female students, respectively.