30 Apr 2017 17:50pm
RUNDU, 30 APR (NAMPA) The University of Namibias (UNAM) Rundu Campus needs a bigger library and more computer laboratories to cater for the growing number of students.
UNAM Chancellor and former president, Hifikepunye Pohamba made these remarks at the 2017 UNAM Rundu Campuss 2017 graduation ceremony on Thursday.
In this context, it is vital to intensify efforts and promote Private Public Partnerships (PPPs), Pohamba said adding that more classrooms and lecture halls were also needed.
The campus needs approximately N.dollars 60 million to fund the construction and expansion of the library and other learning facilities.
Pohamba said while UNAMs budget is not adequate to address all the identified needs at once, the institution was grateful of Governments allocation in terms of resources available.
The critical point is to do more with less and to optimally utilise the resources allocated.
Like other state owned enterprises, UNAM he said needs to become more innovative and shift towards an own financing drive.
This is a strategic imperative as the university has a higher concentration of knowledge than any other organisation in the country.
The chancellor further called on the two regional governors of Kavango East and West not to allow the university to exist in isolation by focusing on other priorities and activities of regional authorities.
There should be a symbiotic relationship between the campus and development initiatives in the region, he stressed.
The two regions he pointed out are the biggest producers of cereals and vegetables in the country, with several products harvested at Green Scheme irrigation projects.
This comparative advantage alone offers opportunities for the university through the campus to consider agro-processing initiatives among others.
Two hundred and thirty-one students graduated in various fields. These include education, economics and management and health sciences, as well as humanities and social sciences.
UNAM in Rundu has a student population of 2 350, including students studying through the Centre for Open and Distance Learning.