Pohamba satisfied with UNAM progress

30 Apr 2015 07:20am
ONGWEDIVA, 20 APR (NAMPA) – Former president Hifikepunye Pohamba says the University of Namibia (UNAM) is doing something right in its training and empowering of people through education and training.
Pohamba said this at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region where 570 students graduated from the northern campuses of Hifikepunye Pohamba (HP), Oshakati, Ogongo and Jose Eduardo dos Santos on Wednesday.
The qualifications conferred on the graduates at Ongwediva represent a variety of faculties such as agriculture and natural resources, education, economics and management science, health science, humanity and social science and engineering and Information Technology.
“It tells us that the university is making sustained progress in building and further strengthening our nation’s human resources capacity,” said Pohamba, who is also the Chancellor of UNAM.
The former President said he believes UNAM contributes to the social and economic development of Namibia in practical and tangible terms.
“This is a positive and uplifting story. A story worth telling,” he said.
This was the first time graduates from the HP Campus received Bachelor’s Degrees in Lower Primary and Upper-Primary Education following the integration of the former colleges of education into the university some four years ago.
Sixty-six engineering students graduated from the Jose Eduardo Dos Santos Campus at Ongwediva this year, compared to its 30 and 37 graduates of 2012 and 2013, respectively.
Of the 66 engineering graduates, 48 are Namibians, 10 Zimbabweans and eight Zambians, with 52 being male and 14 female.
“I have no doubt that with this trend, our country will be able to produce 5 000 engineers by 2030 in line with Vision 2030,” Pohamba said.
Speaking at the same graduation, acting UNAM Vice-Chancellor Osmund Mwandemele said close to 3 000 students graduated from UNAM this year.
Of these, 85 graduated at the Katima Mulilo Campus on 14 April 2015; 123 graduated at the Rundu Campus on 16 April 2015; 1 989 graduated in Windhoek last weekend and 570 graduated at Ongwediva.
“The student population has now grown from just 3 000 in 1992 when UNAM was established to 20 975, of whom 63 per cent are female and 37 per cent are male students,” Mwandemele pointed out.
So far close to 2 000 UNAM graduates have been foreign students from 43 countries, the acting Vice-Chancellor, who is also Pro-Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research, said.