The MoU will see students from the University benefitting from placements within the technology company as part of their Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course. WIL enables students to apply theoretical knowledge gained from their studies in a practical setting, in addition to increasing the students’ range of employability skills.
Furthermore, as one of the many initiatives between the FCI and Veya ICT, the company availed a monetary sponsorship to promote the growth of SAP skills in Namibia and other critical qualifications. SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software, offering applications and services that qualify companies of all sizes and in various industries to become well-run businesses. Through this partnership, lecturers in the Informatics Department will undergo training with SAP customising and programming skills.
The sponsorship comes amid a renewed sense of urgency amongst industry and the Faculty to address the lack of high-level SAP skills in the country.
The Head of the Informatics Department, Dr Nobert Jere said, “The support from a private sector organisation like Veya ICT will go a long way in ensuring that the curriculum of the Department is in line with the industry needs.”
Winnith Schrywer, the Managing Director of the company, said that the motive behind their involvement is to ensure that sufficient skills are developed and retained in the country, but also of a high quality, such that they are sought after beyond the country’s borders. “We wish to contribute and support the aims of higher education in Namibia as part of our social responsibility to ensure a better workforce for the benefit of our society,” Schrywer said.
Dr Anicia Peters, the Dean of FCI, expressed her gratitude for the formalisation of this relationship which she said has been in existence for some time. Peters gave assurance that the top performers will be afforded this opportunity.
The parties further agreed to explore the possibilities of availing the company’s data to students for action- learning projects and/or research purposes.