The Faculty’s programmes and courses have been designed to respond to the changing needs of the labour market and are geared towards providing employers with a pool of skilled graduates.
The funding for these research projects also came under the spotlight and was described by Dr Andrew Niikondo, the Deputy Vice- Chancellor: Academic, as a challenge for the Institution. Niikondo, however, encouraged staff not to be discouraged by such constraints as NUST is constantly seeking avenues to alleviate the situation.
The guest speaker at the event, Dr Vincent Nowaseb, Biotech Manager at the National Commission on Science and Research Technology (NCRST), said: ”Since its inception in 2013, the Research, Science and Technology Fund of the NCRST has approved 147 applications for funding.” Earlier this year NUST signed an agreement with the Commission that will streamline the process of disbursing funds to researchers and innovators based at NUST.
The day showcased nine presentations on topics that included: Exploring the Benefits of Corporate Social Initiative and Business Growth of Emerging SMEs in Namibia: Evidences from Lock and Keys; An Integrated Model of Affordable Housing Delivery for the City of Windhoek; Account Ownership and Use of Financial Services Among Individuals: Evidence from Selected Sub-Saharan Economies, presented by Dr Letenah Wale. He said that many citizens in various Sub-Saharan countries remain excluded from participating in mainstream economies due to poverty and in cases such as that of Namibia, a lack of diversity in the banking sectors was said to exacerbate the situation.