21 Apr 2017 11:50am
ONGWEDIVA, 21 APR (NAMPA) University of Namibias (UNAM) Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lazarus Hangula on Thursday expressed happiness with the institutions progress, particularly at its four northern campuses.
Hangula said during the graduation ceremony of UNAMs northern campuses at Oshakati that the university is reforming and transforming itself with vision, passion and energy into an even higher quality, more relevant and sustainable university.
This is done with the aim of remaining responsive to the development needs of Namibia as a whole, he added.
Hangula highlighted some of the activities completed and currently underway at some of the northern campuses, including the Ogongo Agricultural Campus in the Omusati Region.
Apart from teaching, the campus is spearheading a number of important research activities, among which are in collaboration with universities in Japan, China and Germany.
The exchange with these crop science partners has earned UNAM one Philosophy Doctorate and five Master Degrees in crop science; moreover, for the first time this year, the campus has graduated students for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry.
Hangula said this will assist the country in the mechanisation of agriculture in communal land in the long run.
In addition, construction of phase three of the Jose Eduardo dos Santos Engineering Campus German wing is progressing well as the contractors are well on schedule.
The wing consists of a new hostel block as well as a student cafeteria constructed at the cost of over N.dollars 65 million donated by the German government. Completion is expected in July this year.
Hangula added that the engineering faculty will soon be complemented by the School of Architecture and Urban Planning and will be established in collaboration with the Russian Academy of Architecture.
The campuses witnessed close to 700 graduates receiving their qualifications, with Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus graduating the largest number of 301 students.
The Oshakati Campus finalised developing a new degree programme in development studies, which will be ready for implementation in July this year, while the first batch of students with diplomas in computer sciences also graduated this year.