Namibia: Over N$15 Million Raised for Unam Campus

MORE than N$15 million was raised for the construction of the University of Namibia's southern campus on Tuesday evening.
Construction of the southern campus at Keetmanshoop is set to start in the first quarter of next year, and it is expected to open its doors in February 2014.
It will offer key courses such as teacher education, geosciences, health sciences and entrepreneurship.
Officiating at the fundraising dinner in Windhoek, President Hifikepunye Pohamba, who is also Unam's chancellor, said the campus would contribute significantly to the country's ongoing efforts to train young Namibians for the modern labour market.
He called upon the private sector to play a bigger role in supporting the education sector, such as providing funding to initiatives like the construction of the Unam campus at Keetmanshoop.
“We would like to see the private sector joining hands with Government to accomplish the task of empowering our youth through education. This is the only way to build a modern economy here at home, powered by skilled Namibians,” Pohamba said.
He said Unam had adopted a practical approach in determining the curriculum options that will be offered at the new campus.
The training programmes will be aligned with the economic resource base of the southern region, such as agriculture, mining and fishing.
This, Pohamba said, was done to promote training and applied research in these sectors, so that the resources could be better harnessed for the benefit of the Namibian people.
He said as Unam continued to expand its presence throughout the country, it should also conduct inter-disciplinary research in order to help the nation find solutions to the developmental challenges facing Namibia.
“This is at the core of sustainable economic development, as it will help the youth to better understand complex systems related to the management of water resources, energy, land management and environmental conservation, to mention a few,” he said.

Pohamba added that inter-disciplinary research would enable them to maximise the efficient usage of scarce resources and to minimise their negative impacts, especially in the context of climate change and global warming. 

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Posted on : 30 Nov,-0001

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