20 Apr 2015 13:30pm
KATIMA MULILO, 20 APR (NAMPA) The University of Namibia (UNAM)'s Katima Mulilo campus in the Zambezi Region has launched its five-year research agenda, with a special focus on education and environmental issues.
The 2014-2018 research agenda was drafted under three themes Education and Quality Delivery, Environment and Agriculture and Wildlife and Ecotourism which will compass academics and researchers to focus, identify and address issues emanating from these researches.
On Friday, UNAM Katima Mulilo campus Director Dr Bernard Kangumu said there are a total of 16 research projects under Education and Quality Delivery, 10 projects on Environment and Agriculture and three projects under Wildlife and Ecotourism.
In our effort to collaborate with our host community and contribute meaningfully to improving the standard of education, environmental protection and agriculture as well as ecotourism, we believe evidence-based information will distinguish us as a community of intellect, Kangumu said.
Kangumu added that when implemented, the outcomes of the Katima Mulilo Campus research agenda will facilitate, support, inform and improve the regional and national efforts towards quality education delivery, environment and natural resources management, protection and sustainability.
Unam Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lazarus Hangula, who officially unveiled the research agenda book, said the Katima Mulilo Campus has recognised the value of research to the development of education, agriculture and wildlife conservation sectors in the region and the country as a whole.
Hangula said the outcome will not only provide data required for improving standards of education at the Unam institutions, but such data will also be beneficial to the wildlife conservation and agriculture sectors.
These sectors will grow from strength to strength to contribute to the overall socio-economic development of our country. I commend Dr Kangumu and his team for this important task and initiatives of their strategic management plan.
I will monitor how the research projects will be conducted for the next five years, and if I see that indeed that research is taking place, I will further inject more funds into it, said Hangula.
The university will spend N.dollar 400 000 on the research project.