26 Oct 2016 13:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 26 OCT (NAMPA) The University of Namibia Southern Campus (UNAM) was established to ensure that children in the South have access to tertiary education, UNAM Vice-Chancellor Lazarus Hangula has said.
The southern campus in Keetmanshoop, which is the 12th and youngest campus of the national university, was set up in 2013 with the first intake of students in 2014.
We brought it here to make sure that no Namibian child feels left out, Hangula said at a special reception for stakeholders held here on Tuesday.
He expressed his gratitude to various public and private sponsors who helped make the satellite campus possible.
De Beers, which co-owns the Namibia Diamond Corporation with the Namibian Government, donated N.dollars 10 million over a five-year period starting in 2016, to be used as a scholarship fund for underprivileged students at the Keetmanshoop campus.
The World Health Organisation contributes to curriculum development, health programming and specialised dummies for students to operate on and sent 15 Namibian nurses to the University of Cape Town to complete their masters degrees.
The //Kharas Directorate of Education is currently leasing premises to the southern campus.
Construction of the first phase of a new campus owned by the university commenced earlier this year and will take about two years at a cost of over N.dollars 87 million, Southern Campus Director, Erold Naomab announced.
The Keetmanshoop Municipality donated land measuring 68 hectares towards the construction of the new campus.
The //Kharas Regional Council and the //Kharas Governors Office, previously occupied by Bernadus Swartbooi and now by Lucia Basson, have continued to fight for and support the establishment of the southern campus, Naomab said.
A future plan is to create a teaching hospital for health science students in partnership with the Keetmanshoop State Hospital.
Hangula lauded the young campus on its academic performance and pass rates of over 90 per cent.
We hope that one day this campus will serve as a big tree in this semi-desert area to provide shade for all Namibian members in the South. We also hope that our sponsors will continue to support us, especially as Government funding keeps dwindling, Hangula said.
Representatives of the sponsors and other stakeholders each received a glass plaque to thank them for their contributions and were given a tour of the facilities.