Martins-Hausiku tells graduates to embrace new technologies

05 Apr 2019 15:30pm
RUNDU, 05 APR (NAMPA) – The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund, Rosalia Martins-Hausiku has urged new graduates to learn about new emerging technologies as technology is the driving force for the world of economics.
Martins-Hausiku, who doubles as deputy chairperson of the University of Namibia (UNAM) Council, addressed the graduates during a graduation ceremony at UNAM’s Rundu campus on Thursday.
She said graduates should embrace technology in a positive way since the world is now entering a phase where technology is the driving force for world economics.
“Let us embrace technology but in a positive way. And by this, I am not talking about the extent to which we are using and misusing social media to cut right through the moral fabric of our existence,” said Martins-Hausiku.
The CEO said graduates should also make time to learn about these new technologies irrespective of their professions.
“Everyone can benefit - a teacher, accountant or a business executive - as technology is rapidly changing at a speed that no degree can ever compete with. We now live in a world where data is quickly becoming the new currency and of the accelerated emergence of disruptive technologies,” she said.
Furthermore, she encouraged the graduates to make time to learn about where the world is headed to and about things such as cryptocurrency, the use of data science, robotics and artificial intelligence to know how it is being applied in their different fields and how it is causing disruptions and replacements in their fields of studies.
Martins- Hausiku also talked about how Rundu’s big population offers both economic and academic opportunities, noting she hoped the graduates would not only fight to move to bigger cities but contribute towards the development of Rundu and neighbouring towns.
“Instead of saying, ‘there is nothing for me in Rundu’, ask yourself, ‘what can I do for Rundu?’” she said.
About 416 students received their degrees and diplomas in various faculties such as education, nursing, social sciences, economics and management sciences as well as law at the ceremony.