Namibians graduate from North-West University

05 Nov 2014 17:40pm
ONGWEDIVA, 05 NOV (NAMPA) – South Africa’s North-West University (NWU) is conferring diplomas and degrees to 700 Namibian students who have just completed their respective courses through the university’s open distance learning unit.
The first graduation ceremony for 500 students took place at Ongwediva in northern Namibia on Tuesday, while the second graduation for the remaining 200 students is due to be held in Windhoek on Thursday.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, the Executive Director of the university’s Unit for Open Distance Learning (UODL), Professor Manie Spamer said the NWU is the second largest university in South Africa, with a population of 72 000 students.
“Over the past 10 years, the NWU has made a huge contribution to provide access to education to many students in South Africa and elsewhere. We have also been delivering study programmes in Namibia since 1998 with more than 5 000 qualifications conferred,” Spamer stated.
According to him, the NWU conducts classes for students by lecturers through interactive whiteboard sessions presented at 55 study centres in South Africa, Namibia, Portugal and Botswana. Such programmes will soon be extended to Zimbabwe.
He pointed out that the Business School of Excellency (BSE) is the administrative and logistical collaborator, supporting the NWU in delivering its study programmes.
Namibia’s liberation struggle icon, Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo was the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony.
He called on the graduates to create jobs in the Namibian market now that they have gained these special skills and knowledge.
“The Namibian population and our industries are small. Hence, you have to create jobs for yourself and others,” ya Toivo urged.