WINDHOEK, 17 MAY (NAMPA) - Polytechnic of Namibia Rector, Dr Tjama Tjivikua has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the United States of America (USA).
A media statement issued here by the PoN on Thursday said the degree was conferred in recognition of Tjivikua's ?outstanding contributions to higher education, and as one of the most dedicated and committed humanitarians?.
?Tjivikua is known for his visionary and enduring leadership, and his unwavering commitment to transforming the Polytechnic to the Namibia University of Science and Technology,? it said.
He graduated from the Lincoln University with a Bachelor?s Degree in Chemistry (cum laude) in 1983.
The PoN Rector then obtained his Masters of Science in Chemistry from the University of Lowell (now University of Massachusetts at Lowell) in 1985, and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990.
He was a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1989 to 1990), and Assistant Professor of Chemistry from 1990 to 1995 at the Lincoln University before joining the PoN as its founding rector.
The Lincoln University has produced distinguished graduates, such as United States? Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, renowned poet and playwright Langston Hughes, the first president of Nigeria Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first president of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah and Mose Tjitendero, the first Speaker of Namibia?s National Assembly, amongst others.
Tjivikua also joins a list of luminaries who had received honorary doctorates from that university such as scientist Albert Einstein, President Sam Nujoma, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Rosa Parks, considered the mother of the civil rights? movement in the United States of America.