NUST Vice-Chancellor, Dr Tjama Tjivikua, said Namibia needs innovation and the integration of technology to put the country on a fast-track trajectory. This will prevent deferring the dream of becoming a developed nation long into the future.
“I cannot say enough about technology and innovation, for I believe in it!” he said. He emphasised that this is a major event on the calendar of NUST that continuously reinvents, rethinks and relearns to change the Institution’s educational landscape for the better.
The day consisted of staff, students, partners and stakeholders demonstrating the advancement of teaching, learning, research and assessment using a variety of technologies. One of the highlights was a group of final-year students in Engineering: Electronics and Telecommunication, who demonstrated the functions of a real satellite using a can satellite prototype known as CANSAT.
Indongo Toyota demonstrated their “Go Green” initiative while NUST’s very own Solar Taxi was also on display.
Robotics also featured, for the first time, as a major focal point of the Technology Day. Students and staff built their own Lego Mindstorms NXT robots and programmed them in teams to complete tasks such as unlocking jars of honey. FABlab, the Design and Technology Centre of NUST, facilitated these practical sessions on robotics.
Students and staff were rewarded with digital devices for innovative integration of technology into teaching, learning, research and assessment. The devices were sponsored by Nedbank Namibia, Oshitutama Investment CC, Green Enterprise, Proline and PC Centre. Top performing students in online courses received savings accounts from Nedbank Namibia as prizes.