About 100 qualifications were awarded, of which 18 were at postgraduate level.
In a speech delivered on his behalf by the Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi, His Excellency President Hage Geingob underscored his job creation goals. With particular reference to the Harambee Prosperity Plan, President Geingob invited the graduates to be part of the building of the nation and take multiple prominent roles in assisting government with meeting the Plan’s 2020 deadline. “One of the components of this Plan is the Youth Enterprise Development which has an important future projection of establishing 121 youth-owned rural enterprises, each permanently employing a minimum of five to ten youth by 2020. I think NUST, as a technological university, is best placed to help build the necessary capacity that will make these rural enterprises a reality,” the President said.
He highlighted the challenges of low student enrolment figures as one of Namibia’s biggest challenges in the higher education sector and said this challenge needs to be addressed collectively.
The NUST Vice-Chancellor, Tjama Tjivikua,
congratulated the graduates and emphasised the importance of Education which, he said, stimulates imagination, creativity and interest in knowledge, and empowers them with more and better job opportunities and economic security.
“NUST, as a technological university, has a role to inform and educate and bring to the public new knowledge, new technologies, inventions, services, products and solutions that can enhance socio-economic development and improve the quality of our lives,” Tjivikua said.