More Namibians apply to study abroad

29 Dec 2016 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 29 DEC (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has over the past two years recorded a 20 per cent increase in Namibian students planning to study abroad.
Ministry Spokesperson Salome Kambala said at a media conference on Wednesday that about 42 000 students have applied to study abroad through different embassies in Namibia between 2014 and 2016. Approximately 8 000 students were recorded in 2016 alone.
“Some of the countries where students have shown interest to go further their studies in various fields include Britain, China, Ukraine, Germany, United States of America (USA), and Russia.”
Kambala said a few Namibian students are interested in France and Portugal where they want to study the languages.
Government, the private sector or parents sponsor most students.
Kambala took the opportunity to note cases where students abroad were left stranded because of expired passports or insufficient documentation.
She thus warned Namibian students to make sure their documents are in order before departure and know where the nearest Namibian embassy is in the countries they go to for studies.
“Students studying abroad should remember to visit their nearest Namibian embassy within six months to make proper arrangements to renew their passports before expiry date.”