27 Feb 2014 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 27 FEB (NAMPA) - The Polytechnic of Namibia and TransNamib Holdings signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Windhoek on Thursday.
The MoU will focus on human capital development as well as research expertise and knowledge-sharing in selected critical areas of cooperation.
It is expected to run for a period of five years and might be extended, based on the outcome of an evaluation after the initial period.
Our desire is to equip the employees with skills, knowledge, competencies and attitudes which will enable them to first and foremost contribute to nation-building, TransNamib's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sara Naanda said during the signing of the agreement.
She stressed that TransNamib is determined to develop expertise, and to ensure that Namibia becomes a country of experts.
One of the notable aspects of this agreement is that we have agreed on exchange programmes which will culminate in providing opportunities for work-integrated learning, internships and scholarships for students studying at the PoN, she noted.
TransNamib has so far taken in three students from the Engineering department of the Polytechnic to complete their internships.
Naanda, herself a former Polytechnic of Namibia student, described the institution as providing high-quality educational programmes in, amongst others, technical and management disciplines, which are recognised in southern Africa and elsewhere in the world.
Through our analysis, we have been satisfied beyond doubt of the capabilities of the Polytechnic to be a reliable partner in mitigating the industry skills gap, specifically for TransNamib, which has a huge potential to derail our efforts in the implementation of our organisational strategic objectives, she added.
On his part, the Polytechnics Rector Dr Tjama Tjivikua said the MoU is broad and will cover activities like the professional development of TransNamib staff through jointly-development short courses, workshops and seminars in conjunction with relevant institutions to build capacity for TransNamib employees in vocational training.
He said the partnership between the two institutions will fill the vacuum of a corporate university.
We shall serve TransNamib as its substitute corporate university, which we are proud to do as the University of Science and Technology, Tjivikua noted.
Corporate universities, a growing trend in corporations, is any educational entity which is a strategic tool designed to assist its parent organisation in achieving its goals by conducting activities which foster individual and organisational learning and knowledge.