23 May 2013 13:54
ONGWEDIVA, 23 MAY (NAMPA) - The University of Namibia (Unam) on Thursday released into the world its first group of Namibian-trained engineers during the 2013 graduation ceremony for the northern Unam campuses at Ogongo, Ongwediva and Oshakati.
The 30 graduates, including 10 females, underwent engineering and information technology training at Ongwediva since 2009.
Twenty-four engineering students are Namibians, four Zambians, and one Burundian and Zimbabwean, each.
Moses Kabwe, who received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and Victoria Amuthenu, a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering, were declared the best male and female students, respectively.
Speaking during the graduation, vice-chancellor of Unam, Professor Lazarus Hangula described the graduating engineers as a ?successful group of Unam pioneering engineers?.
?Allow me to take this unique opportunity to thank the government and the people of the Republic of Namibia as well as their friends for supporting the engineering school from inception to where it is today,? Hangula said.
He stressed that it is the first time Unam releases Namibian-trained engineers into the world.
The Unam Engineering and Medical School (ENGIMED) Project was launched in the Queen?s Hall of the Ongwediva Trade Centre by Founding President Sam Nujoma some five years ago.
?Today those pioneering students will graduate and walk tall and proud into their communities, ready to make a difference. This is a great moment,? Hangula said.
He then pointed out that the campuses of the North, apart from the engineering discipline, also give training in various sectors of the economy which include the education; agriculture and natural resources; health and business.
?So, among the graduating students there are also teachers, nurses, agriculture and environment experts, as well as other professions,? stated the Unam Vice-Chancellor.
Dr Sabina David, Hermine Iita and Eva-Angelina Velikoshi-Indongo received Doctorate Degrees in nursing science during the same graduation function.