German to help build engineering capacity

11 Sep 2017 16:10pm
ONGWEDIVA, 11 SEP (NAMPA) – Engineers are in great demand for the design and construction of roads and other infrastructure, and Germany’s technical and financial support will be geared towards ensuring such engineers are produced in Namibia.
These were the remarks by Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi during the inauguration of phase three buildings of the University of Namibia's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the José Eduardo Dos Santos Campus in Ongwediva on Monday.
“A country’s pool of engineers plays a pivotal role in its socio-economic development and industrialisation, and I would like to commend this campus for creating access and training engineers for Namibia,” Kandjii-Murangi said.
Phase three consisted of five buildings, which will house the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The section, also referred to as the German wing, contains two practical training workshops.
These were handed over by German Ambassador to Namibia, Christian Schlaga on Monday.
The minister expressed appreciation towards the relationship between the two countries, adding that the support will continue strengthening and accelerating Namibia’s human and institutional development.
She urged stakeholders and partners to extend support towards the construction and completion of the remaining two phases of the campus.
“To the students, utilise this excellent laboratory facilities to strengthen your practical understanding and abilities and excel in your pursuit of knowledge,” said the minister.
The building cost over N.dollars 200 million and construction was funded through the Development Bank of Germany.
Schlaga emphasised the exchange of students between the two countries’ universities, noting that this would strengthen their links.
The campus offers six engineering disciplines, with about 290 students registered for the 2017 academic year.
It has over 50 full-time staff.