17 Jan 2018 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JAN (NAMPA) The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) officially opened its 2018 academic year on Wednesday, under the theme; Building a World-Class University.
Private higher education consultant Rolf Stumpf, who delivered the keynote address at the opening ceremony, applauded the institution for achieving university status two years ago.
Achieving university status was an essential step for NUST and represents the beginning of the institutions growth towards an internationally recognised higher education beacon of excellence, Stumpf stated.
He explained that the idea of NUST becoming a world-renowned institution will be driven by its institutional mandate in the area of science and technology, coupled with specific focus on relevance, application and innovation.
Stumpf further said for NUST to achieve its goals, the first requirement is to set its sights on achieving greatness within measure.
He said the first factor that characterises a great university is outstanding academic staff.
Top international universities have a high percentage of academic staff with PhD qualifications and all staff should be encouraged to achieve this qualification, Stumpf said.
Another distinctive feature that makes a great university is the target to employ a large number of international academic staff as this ensures new and challenging cross-cultured insights, he added.
He also highlighted governmental support and funding, sound management, efficient leadership, resource provision and institutional regulatory framework as key components for the international recognition and success of a university.
Stumpf said he is confident that NUST is well positioned to achieve institutional excellence and global recognition given that the university actively pursues and earns it.