The SDGs were created to tackle the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were set to be achieved by 2015. The Goals are designed to place the world on a path towards ending poverty, ensuring peace and prosperity, building strong partnerships, and in essence, setting a development agenda for a better world.
Kiki Gbeho, the UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, said the UN stood ready to partner with NUST to advance the dialogue on matters such as ensuring research on clean and sustainable energy. ”NUST is making progress through the Namibia Energy Institute and is well placed to lead research in the area of clean energy in partnership with financial institutions, regional and international partners,” Gbeho said.
NUST Vice-Chancellor, Tjama Tjivikua, endorsed the initiative, highlighting the Institution’s role in implementing the SDGs. “It is clear that all the 17 SDGs are relevant to our mandate of teaching, research, learning and community engagement. One of the targets of Goal 4 of the SDGs, for example, speaks to the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that education systems should instil in learners and students,” Tjivikua said.
He emphasised that NUST values strong collaboration with the objective to promote internationalisation and to enhance the quality and relevance of higher education.