PoN opens for 2014 academic year

16 Jan 2014 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 16 JAN (NAMPA) - The Polytechnic of Namibia's rector, Tjama Tjivikua has urged his staff members to work hard in 2014 to create an excellent institution.
Tjivikua officially opened the Polytechnic's 2014 academic year here on Thursday, urging his staff members to employ a new culture of being innovative and accountable.
“Let’s all work hard and make a change this year,” he said.
He urged the Polytechnic staff members to lead by example and to be consistent in their work.
“We must focus more on what we want to produce, especially now that we are a university,” said Tjivikua.
During the 2014 academic welcome, the Polytechnic’s fourth strategic plan (PSP4) was also launched. It will be implemented this year and ends in 2018.
PSP4 is aimed at ensuring that the institution enrols more students in science-related fields of study by 2018 and less in business and economics sciences as the Polytechnic is busy transforming into the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).
The strategic plan was launched by the Polytechnic’s Director of Planning and International Relations, Neavera Olivier.
Olivier said universities of science and technology focus more on science, technology and innovation and noted that by 2018, the PoN will no longer offer any of the certificates or diplomas it currently offers.
The Polytechnic will also introduce new courses of study. Applied science is one of the new courses of study which the Polytechnic is introducing this year.
Polytechnic’s first strategic plan was introduced in 1999 and it ended in 2003, while the second one ran from 2004 to 2008 and the third, from 2009 to 2013.