03 Feb 2016 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 03 FEB (NAMPA) The University of Science and Technology (NUST) officially commenced the 2016 academic year with the first batch of students under its new name.
This follows the institutions transformation from a polytechnic into a university in March last year.
NUST was accorded university status after years of lengthy discussions among stakeholders.
Speaking during the official opening on Wednesday at the institutions main campus, NUST Vice-Chancellor Tjama Tjivikua hailed the transformation as a major milestone in the life of the institution.
Today we stand proud to be called this nations only university of science and technology. Our transition from the Polytechnic of Namibia to NUST comes a long way. It has been a tough road that tests our strength and perseverance to the fullest, he said.
Tjivikua lauded the Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi and her deputy Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo for their support and encouragement during the university's transformation.
Without your championing of the NUST Bill through the legislative process, we would not be where we are today. The NUST community is aware of your dedication to the cause of higher education in Namibia, and globally and we remain greatly indebted to you, he said.
On her part, Ndjoze-Ojo said the need for universities to prepare young people for a rapidly changing future cannot be overemphasised.
In fact, the human capacity development agenda should be the driving force and the engine to propel us towards vision 2030, she said.
Ndjoze-Ojo noted that it cannot be business as usual for NUST, re-iterating that the institution must take the bull by the horns and address issues facing the students.
Everything must be in the interest of the students. We as Government do not necessarily fund the institution but it is the students who do instead. This means that you must unusually tackle new challenges with new vigour, inquisitiveness, and resolve, she said.