The importance of innovation and entrepreneurship was highlighted by Dr Tjama Tjivikua, the NUST Vice-Chancellor, when he delivered an address at the plenary session of the Conference.
Dr Tjivikua addressed the need to introduce innovative policies and systems, and increase investment in research and development.
“We need a global innovation mind-set with fresh governance frameworks that are inclusive locally,” he said.
The former president of SARIMA, Dr Jose Jackson-Malete, was pleased with the outcome of the Conference and expressed her appreciation for the local teams from the National Commission on Research Science and Technology (NCRST), NUST and the University of Namibia that assisted with the programme and logistical planning.
Furthermore, in an effort to strengthen research and innovation at NUST, the Project Services Unit (PSU) organised two events for NUST staff, before and after the Conference.
The first event was a partner-consortium meeting regarding the the Strengthening of Collaboration, Leadership and Professionalisation in Research Management (SToRM) project. The second meeting focused on Research Resource Mobilization training maximising the usage of a research resource mobilization tool known as Research Africa.
Various participants were pleased with the training saying they have acquired desired skills. Pio Barone Lumaga, the Director of the Innovation Design Lab said that Research Africa is an excellent tool to find funding for multi-disciplinary applied research.
The PSU team also deliberated on the curriculum of a Research Management and Administration Certificate, and a Master’s degree in Research Management, which are major components of this Stellenbosch University led-project. At national level, NUST and the University of Namibia are partners in this transformational project.