“Research and innovation excellence remain one of the capstone drivers in the growth and development of any nation. We are already in the midst of Industry 4.0, also referred to as the 4th Industrial Revolution. As Industry 4.0 continues to change the way we interact with the world around us, new challenges arise. This is the yoke placed on us, to be the leading light of technological innovation,” said Dr Tjama Tjivikua, the NUST Vice-Chancellor (Pro Tem).
Some of the topics that were presented include: Exploration of the Nature and Extent of Land-Use Management and Urban Informality in Windhoek, Namibia; Addressing the Water Crisis in Namibia through Public-Private Partnerships; and Adoption of Lean Healthcare in Medical Laboratory Industry: Empirical Studies in Namibia.
The Guest Speaker at the opening of the event, Dr Eric Dziuban, Country Director: Centre for Disease Control in Namibia, challenged the University community to ensure that their research is always in line with finding lasting solutions to challenges plaguing the world. “Our different sectors are stronger together and we should not pit ourselves against each other in instances where we can come together and unify our unique strengths,” he added.
The newly-appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, Prof Pramanathan Govender, gave a presentation under the topic ‘Research Reflections in Plotting a forward Trajectory for NUST.’ He highlighted the path the University aims to take on the brink of the new Strategic Plan (2019 - 2023), that will be rolled out in a few months.
Twenty five percent (25%) of the academic staff at NUST hold Doctoral qualifications, whilst 42% have Master’s degrees. These figures are expected to grow steadily in the near future.