His Excellency, President Dr Hage Geingob, addressed the ceremony and said that the graduates have received a modern, superb education that provides a foundation on which they can build their lives and the economy.
“All of you must become leaders and opinion makers at home, at work, nationally and internationally. But, remember that as in all the previous centuries, the 21st century challenges require a different type of leadership because the challenges and opportunities are different. The 21st century requires leaders who can clearly understand the changing international environment and who can quickly learn new ways of solving problems, who are willing to embrace diversity and take global perspectives in problem solving, using technology, entrepreneurship and innovation as effective tools,” the President remarked.
He added that the graduation ceremony is a manifestation of the significant role that institutions of higher learning can play in shaping future leaders.
Dr Tjama Tivikua, the NUST Vice-Chancellor, highlighted that the University is a preferred academic player in Namibia and globally. However, he said there are endless and complex developmental challenges.
“Our perfomance has been limited not by a lack of will or creativity, but by the external forces that impinge on our capacity to perfom and flourish. A good plan without proper resourcing is a dream deferred; it floats and eventually drowns in malady,” he remarked.
Nonetheless, Tjivikua said that as the Institution celebrates the 22nd anniversary as a university, under the theme “Re-imagining University Engagement in the Knowledge Economy,” NUST is redifining the national development agenda in the context of a global revolution underpinned by knowledge, technology, innovation, and sustainability.
The graduation ceremony for the other faculties, namely; Computing and Informatics, Engineering, Health and Applied Sciences, Human Sciences, Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences is being held today.