The meeting was chaired by Veston Malango, the CEO of the Namibia Chamber of Mines.
Among the attendants were two new members of the board, Prof Cyril O’Connor from University of Cape Town and Prof Waldo Stumpf from University of Pretoria. Malango stated that “they bring vast academic and industrial experience to the team.”
The meetings are held twice a year to assist the Institution in building a premier academic department of minerals engineering in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Deputy Head of Department, Prof Dick Groot, reported that both the Bachelor of Engineering programmes in Mining and Metallurgy programmes received full accreditation without reservations from the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE).
The Department was commended by the board members for successfully meeting all the requirements on the seven thematic areas of NCHE assessment of both programmes.
“This gives us confidence and affirms the assertion by the Namibian mining industry that our graduates are of a good quality,” Prof Groot stated.
The next step is to receive accreditation from the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), by 2019.
The industry board members also toured the new Mining Engineering building which is a modern multi-million dollar state-of-the-art facility. They unequivocally expressed their appreciation for the unwavering commitment of NUST top management in ensuring that the students can compete on a global level, which is seen in the allocation and of resources and infrastructure to the engineering programmes.