Higher education facing challenges globally: Kandjii-Murangi

10 Jun 2015 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 10 JUNE (NAMPA) – The Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi says the challenges facing higher education are complex and cannot be addressed in isolation.
In a speech delivered on her behalf at the launching of the University of Quality Exchange (Unique) project held by the Polytechnic of Namibia on Tuesday, Kandjii-Murangi raised the concern, and called for collaboration and co-operation among industry players.
“The challenges facing higher education in particular and humankind in general are complex and global in nature. They cannot be adequately addressed by one country or university in isolation. Hence, the need for collaboration and co-operation, especially in the areas of research and curriculum development,” she stressed.
President Hage Geingob in March this year announced a new higher education ministry as well as the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture. Geingob made the move after he expressed concern about the poor state of the education sector in the country.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Project Co-ordinator of the Unique project, Friedl Christian from the FH Joanneum University in Austria said universities are facing big global challenges not only in Europe, but all over the world.
The Co-ordinating institution of the Unique project here is the FH Joanneum University of Applied Science (Austria).
Christian warned that the education sector could also undergo drastic changes such as the music industry since the advent of widespread digital distribution of music.
“Universities are facing big global challenges today due to increasing competition for students, budgets and research funds; new digital forms of learning and teaching styles; third-money streams and new business models are required; as well as more transparency and accountability,” he warned.
The Unique project is a 30-month collaboration initiative funded by the Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Union (EU) and was launched in 2013. Polytechnic is the national centre of the project and the only partner institution on the African continent.
The project aims to promote and develop an information exchange mechanism and share examples of good practice in the area of quality assurance in higher education.