03 Aug 2016 16:40pm
CORRECTION: REPLACE Murangi-Kandjii WITH Kandjii-Murangi ALL THROUGHOUT STORY.
WINDHOEK, 03 AUG (NAMPA) The appointment of the new members of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Council was announced by the Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation on Wednesday.
This is the first council to serve since the transformation of the Polytechnic of Namibia into a university.
They are Dr Michael Humavindu (Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development); Linda Aipinge (Ministry of Information and Communication
Technology); Michael Mutonga (National Planning Commission); Maureen Kambala (Council of the Association of Local Authorities of Namibia); and Dr Ramond Naanda (Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry to represent the private commercial and industrial sector).
Also serving on the council are Samuel Januarie (Chamber of Mines); Esi Schimming-Chase (legal expert); Markus von Jeney (Engineering Council); Goms Menette (auditing and finance expert); Kondjeni Nkandi (architect) and Mercy Situmbeko (Namibia Employers Federation).
The council members must elect a chairperson amongst themselves and will serve a period of three years.
Minister of Higher Education Itah Kandjii-Murangi called on the new council members to lead NUST towards the development of responsive and relevant programmes that will speak to national development goals such as Vision 2030 and the Harambee Prosperity Plan.
NUST is a university that Government has numerous expectations of. We know the first thing a university does is to teach but in addition to teaching, we expect you to lead in applied research and innovation, and this is where your diverse expertise is really expected to play a critical role.
She called on them to direct new development programmes that will respond to local industry, saying that currently, there are many graduates on the streets because of the mismatch of courses. Programmes should thus answer the needs of industries.
The institution is the connecting vehicle between employment and the industries that employ the graduates, therefore the graduates should be employable, Kandjii-Murangi said.
Menette gave his assurance that the council will do what the ministry expects from it as he said NUST has to grow.