02 Dec 2016 16:10pm
RUNDU, 02 DEC (NAMPA) Outgoing chairperson of the third National Council of Higher Education (NCHE), Dr Kalumbi Shangula, on Thursday bid the institution farewell after serving for three years.
Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi will appoint a new chairperson next year, who will lead the fourth National Council of Higher Education.
Speaking at the end-of-term farewell, Shangula said it was a pleasure for him to have steered the third council.
It is a distinct honour to bid farewell to this dynamic team of experts with vast experience and expertise in higher education and other sectors.
Shangula said they debated issues and at times differed but in the end, they agreed on a common approach.
Since his appointment in 2013, the chairman explained how NCHE has grown tremendously as a reputable institution executing its mandate to the fullest.
Some of these achievements are the implementation of the programme accreditation sub-system, which commenced in 2014.
Twenty-one academic programmes, nine at the University of Namibia (UNAM) and twelve at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), were subjected to the rigorous review process.
Twelve programmes were accredited for the full cycle of six years and 26 programmes are undergoing review in 2016, Shangula said.
Ten private higher education institutions were also registered, gazetted and awarded registration certificates between 2014 and 2016.
He said policy issues surrounding tuition fee adjustment were subjected to stakeholders consultation in 2014 and have since been encapsulated in the funding framework for public higher education institutions.
The academic year 2016 thus saw the introduction of the central adjustment of tuition fees in public higher education institutions.
Shangula thanked the council, alternate and co-opted members for their commitment and contribution to the success of the NCHE during the period the third council served.