04 Apr 2019 19:40pm
RUNDU, 04 APR (NAMPA) The University of Namibias (UNAM) Rundu campus witnessed its first batch of nursing students graduate on Thursday.
Twenty-five students graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing Science (Clinical), while nine graduated with a Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery Science.
The school of nursing at the Rundu campus opened in 2016, when students were transferred from the universitys southern campus in Keetmanshoop in the //Kharas Region.
The students were transferred because of the potential for more practical exposure in the Kavango regions because the population is higher and therefore, there are more patients than in the south.
The universitys Chancellor, Vice President Nangolo Mbumba in a speech read on his behalf reminded the graduates that graduation is an occasion for celebration as it is the culmination of years of hard work, commitment and focus.
He said it is the universitys hope that the fruits of the students studies will be rewarding to themselves and their families, adding that they should use their knowledge to serve the community.
We recognise that the attainment of a degree in a tertiary institution is an event to be celebrated especially within the Namibian context as it is often in defiance of obstacles such as inherited poor social, cultural and economic conditions, Mbumba said.
During the graduation ceremony, some 416 students received degrees and diplomas from the various faculties.
UNAM Vice Chancellor, Kenneth Matengu said the Rundu campus is one of the universitys best performing campuses in terms of progression rates over the past five years.
He said the percentage of students who graduate from the campus is always higher than UNAMs combined average of 61 per cent and commended the staff and management for their commitment.
Matengu encouraged the graduates to put their heads together and find solutions to problems their communities face.
You should be the drivers of innovation and entrepreneurship, examining problems and offering solutions, he said.