National Council and UNAM sign MoU

24 Nov 2016 21:00pm
WINDHOEK, 24 NOV (NAMPA) – The University of Namibia (UNAM) and National Council (NC) on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase the research capacity of the legislation-making processes.
The agreement aims to avail academic and material resources to lawmakers as support and better inform officials in the law-making process.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, UNAM Vice-Chancellor Professor Lazarus Hangula said the agreement was done to have the educational institution contribute to the process of law making in Namibia by availing scientific evidence, and for senior students and researchers to assist Members of Parliament (MPs) with background concept papers.
He said the agreement also benefits UNAM students.
“On the other hand, the NC contributes to capacity building and provides an experiential learning environment for students who will gain skills and experience.”
The MoU will focus on access to scholarly resources; collaboration in the development of joint research projects between researchers from UNAM and the NC; and the promotion of undergraduate and post-graduate research internships.
Both parties will further derive value from the implementation of the MoU, whilst cementing and formalising the existing relationship between the two institutions, in order to engage and work on a more systematic and targeted basis.
“The mandates of UNAM and that of the NC compliment one another because we all share the common end-goal of making a contribution towards the socio-economic development of our country and advancing Namibia into an industrialised high income economy as per Vision 2030,” said the Speaker of the NC, Margaret Mensah-Williams.
She said the NC has recognised the important role that Namibia’s institutions of higher learning can play a role in aiding the country’s constitutional mandate of making laws that respond to the needs of the country and its citizens.