NUST and MTC launch academia-industry partnership

14 Aug 2019 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 14 AUG (NAMPA) – The Namibia University of Science and Technology and Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) on Wednesday launched an academia-industry partnership.
The partnership will see the two institutions exchanging expertise in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) and fight cybercrime.
MTC’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Licky Erastus said the company has long harboured ambitions to collaborate with an institution that will allow for simultaneous growth and endeavour to push the barriers of exploration, research and innovation within the ICT sector.
“It was therefore a foregone conclusion when the board of MTC explored the idea of finding collaborative partnerships to equip MTC with the best minds and talents from within the industry, our sights were set on the university, particularly its Faculty of Computing and Informatics,” said Erastus.
He added that the company is on a journey to enhance customer experience through innovative products and services in accordance with global technology trends and thus “MTC is elated to be part of this community where cutting-edge research starts to make living easier”.
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Informatics, Anicia Peters said the partnership is part of the institution’s goals to contribute to the Fourth Industrial Revolution that Namibia is aiming for.
Director of Research and Innovation in the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Lisho Mundia on his part said the African Union Agenda 2063 outlines several priorities for achieving the ‘Africa We Want’ and on the Southern African Development Community, Namibia is signatory to the protocol on education and training.
“In this regard, Namibia has aligned its efforts towards achieving our own Vision 2030, whose targets are well articulated in our fifth National Development Plan and the Harambee Prosperity Plan,” he said.