31 Aug 2013 05:40
KEETMANSHOOP, 31 AUG (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba will officiate at the ground-breaking ceremony of the University of Namibia (Unam)s southern campus in Keetmanshoop on Friday.
The Head of State, who is also the Unam Chancellor, will be accompanied by the universitys Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lazarus Hangula at the ceremony which will give the go-ahead for the construction of the southern campus.
Information obtained from David Tiboth, the personal assistant to //Karas Regional Governor Bernadus Swartbooi, indicates that the campus will be built at an area between the B1 road and Noordhoek suburb in Keetmanshoop.
The Keetmanshoop Municipality availed the land for free to enable the construction of the campus in the South.
Tiboth on Friday said so far, an amount of N.dollars 12 million has been collected through pledges from businesses in the private sector to aid Government in making the campus a reality.
He estimated that N.dollars 1,2 billion will be needed to complete the construction of the campus, and Pohamba is expected to receive more monetary pledges from local businesses during the ground-breaking ceremony Friday.
We have companies such as Skorpion Zinc Mine and De Beers Marine Namibia who are lead sponsors in this project, they might build part of the campus out of their own pockets, so we are grateful for that, Tiboth indicated.
In addition, Tiboth said in the meantime, students have started applying to be admitted to the Teachers Resource Centre (TRC) and Unam Centre here in February 2014.
The TRC and the Unam Centre in Keetmanshoop are situated next to each other in the Krönlein residential area.
The renovation and construction of new classes and other facilities is currently underway at the TRC and Unam Centre to ensure enough space and facilities for students when they come to start lectures, Tiboth explained.
The southern campus will offer a Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Pre- and Lower Primary levels, Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) and Diploma in Entrepreneurship.
It is however not yet clear how many students will be admitted for the first classes in 2014.