New students welcomed at UNAM Southern Campus

14 Feb 2018 19:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 14 FEB (NAMPA) – The University of Namibia Southern Campus on Wednesday held its official commencement ceremony for the academic year at its interim premises in Keetmanshoop’s Krönlein suburb.
Governor of the //Kharas Region, Lucia Basson welcomed the students, lecturers and other staff members and wished them a successful academic year.
Addressing the new students, Basson said: “You enrolling at the UNAM Southern Campus marks the beginning of your lifetime association with this university. Now is the time for you to take responsibility for your future and in all you do, you are expected to be more self-reliant.”
She said it was time for them to discover their passion as in Grade 12, most have no vision.
“I myself have a passion for working with people and most importantly, the orphans,” she shared.
Basson further assured the students that they are not alone and that they should not suffer in silence in times of difficulty as there are abundant support services available to them.
“My office is always open if you encounter any problem or obstacle,” she said, also urging the students to respect lecturers, campus staff and fellow students.
She also advised them to be well-informed about HIV/Aids, stating that their behaviour should protect them from the risk of contracting the disease.
“Don’t have unprotected sex, be faithful and avoid multiple and concurrent sexual partners and also refrain from crime,” Basson added.
Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs, Hilma Nicanor told the students to be involved in productive issues such as attending classes and refrain from unproductive activities.
She also urged the private sector to get involved and come to the aid of needy students.
“We all know of the economic situation of our country so I call upon the private sector to help learners with scholarships and accommodation as these are vital concerns at the campus here,” said Nicanor.
UNAM is currently engaged in the construction of new premises in the Noordhoek area of the southern capital.