Funds needed to complete UNAM Southern Campus: Naomab

13 Feb 2019 20:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 13 FEB (NAMPA) – Funds have to be secured for the completion of the first phase of the University of Namibia’s (UNAM) Southern Campus in Keetmanshoop, Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor Erold Naomab said Wednesday.
Construction of the first phase, situated in the Noordhoek residential area, was supposed to be completed last September but due to financial constraints, was stopped.
On completion, it will amongst others house four lecture halls, four geoscience laboratories, one classroom, administration offices, a disability access ramp, lecturers’ offices, a boardroom, ablution facilities and study areas.
Naomab, who was speaking at the Southern Campus’s commencement ceremony for 2019, said the structural features have been completed but they amongst others need funding for tiling, painting, furniture, landscaping and equipment.
“We are hopeful that stakeholders such as the regional council and the office of the governor will help us source the much needed capital,” he stated.
The Southern Campus’s Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor further said they are still on track to reach more than 2 000 students by 2020.
There are currently 1 400 students on campus, of which 400 are first year students.
“We have achieved 70 per cent of our target and we still have two years to go,” he said.
He said as a university, they take pride in inclusivity, diversity and equity, adding that the Southern Campus is also at the forefront of gender equality as 76 per cent of the student population is female.
“This campus may not have so called state of the art facilities, but we have a culturally fit academic environment and we have a talented and committed workforce that is innovative enough to make the current facilities fit for purpose,” said Naomab.
The university currently uses temporary facilities at the Teachers’ Resource Centre in the Krönlein residential area, which falls under the //Kharas Regional Council’s Directorate of Education.