Here is a short video about how a couple of things that have changed on campus, as part of our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
AVC Internal Memo: Stage 3-State of Emergency COVID-19 Regulations
- Date: 14 August 2020
AVC Internal Memo Two (2) Confirmed COVID-19 Positive Cases - Date: 14 August 2020
Internal Memo: One (1) Confirmed COVID-19 Positive Case and One (1) Presumptive Case
- Date: 10 August 2020
Update: Positive COVID-19 Test Results - Date: 09 August 2020
AVC Memo: Two (2) Presumptive Cases Of COVID-19 - Date: 07 August 2020
AVC Memo: Update COVID-19 Test Results - Date: 05 August 2020
AVC Internal Memo: Presumptive Case of COVID-19 - Date: 03 August 2020
AVC MEMO: Confirmed Case of COVID-19 - Date: 28 July 2020
AVC Internal Memo: Revised 2020 Academic Calendar due to COVID-19 - Date: 16 July 2020
AVC External Memo: Presumptive Case of COVID-19 Negative - Date: 14 July 2020
AVC Internal Memo: Stage 4 State of Emergency COVID-19 Regulations - Date: 13 July 2020
AVC Memo: Presumptive Case of COVID-19 - Date: 10 July 2020
Department of Student Services External Memo: Sponsorship Request - Date: 06 July 2020
Student Credit During COVID 19 Period - Date: 30 June 2020
Amendment Form Semester 1 2020 - Date: 30 June 2020
Memo: Student Credit During COVID 19 Period - Date: 26 June 2020
Access to NUST Windhoek Campus - Date: 22 June 2020
AVC Memo NUST: Requirements for COVID-19 Prevention: Safety Protocols - Date: 16 June 2020
Phased Return of Students for Face-To-Face Teaching and Learning - Date: 10 June 2020
ICT Support for Students during Lockdown Stage 3 - Date: 5 June 2020
Guidelines for Stage 3 under COVID-19 State of Emergency - Date: 1 June 2020
ICT Support for Students during Lockdown Stage 2 - Date: 26 May 2020
Revised 2020 Academic Calendar due to COVID-19 - Date: 20 May 2020
NUST COVID-19 Stage 2 of Restrictions: Staff Measure # 11 - Date: 02 May 2020
Certificate Notice for April 2020 Graduates- Date: 29 April 2020
COVID-19 Lockdown Measure #10- Date: 21 April 2020
COVID-19 Lockdown Measure #9- Date: 14 April 2020
COVID-19 Message To Students And Staff Measure #8- Date: 08 April 2020
AVC Internal Memo: COVID-19 Lockdown Critical Staff Measure #7- Date: 07 April 2020
Memo - COVID-19 Measurements #6 - Date: 27 March 2020
DICT | COVID-19 Services - Date: 27 March 2020
Namibia Lockdown Guidelines and Regulations - Date: 27 March 2020
Memo - COVID-19 Measurements #5 - Date: 25 March 2020
Memo - COVID-19 Measurements #4 - Date: 24 March 2020
NUST Management COVID-19 Measurements #3 - Date: 17 March 2020
Staff Absence from Work - Date: 16 March 2020
Keeping the workplace safe - Date: 16 March 2020
AVC INTERNAL MEMO: STAGE 3-STATE OF EMERGENCY COVID-19 REGULATIONS
Dear Staff and Students,
On 12th August 2020, Namibia reverted to stage three (3) level of restrictions, as previously announced on 1 June 2020, with additional amendments as approved by cabinet under the COVID-19 State of Emergency that shall apply, for a period of sixteen (16) days.
You are requested to familiarise yourselves with these restrictions. This announcement also came with other stringent regulations, applicable to the whole country, and specifically targeted at Local Authority areas of Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis as well as the City of Windhoek Local Authority Area, including Okahandja and Rehoboth Local Authority Areas.
The NUST safety protocols and requirements as provided for stage 3 and stage 4 of the lockdown will remain the same, except for the decreased number of staff and students allowed at gatherings and meetings to a maximum of 10 persons. Movement of persons in the restricted areas are also now restricted between 20H00 and 05H00 daily.
Students residing in hostels are requested to remain in the hostels to limit exposure. The University is to revert to online teaching and learning. Face-to-face classes for those students who did not have access to connectivity and those who are doing practical’s in labs will continue. The number is not limited to 10 students per class or lab, but all safety measures should be adhered to. This is done after consultations with the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation.
Faculty and staff who can work remotely are encouraged to do so. Reference is specifically made to administrative staff that fall in one of the categories below.
1. Vulnerable staff
Elderly staff or those with pre-existing medical conditions (such as heart disease, high blood pressure, respiratory problems, obesity, diabetes, expectant mothers, tuberculosis and immune-compromised) in which case a medical certificate of condition will be required.
Staff who need to assist children with home-schooling and shared day-care duties due to the closure of schools in which case the names and ages of children and name of school will be required.
3. Family members with high risk of COVID-19
Staff with close family members at high risk of COVID-19 infections (such as emergency personnel, healthcare providers, etc.) in which case a medical certificate of condition or proof of the type of work performed by the close family member, whichever applicable, is required.
With reference to administrative staff, the Line Manager will be responsible to:
1. Inform the HR Department of staff who are permitted to work from home;
2. Agree with the staff members on the tasks and timelines to be performed, and
3. Manage and review the performance output of the staff member as agreed above.
Staff members working from home must remain in Windhoek (with exception of those who commute from Rehoboth and Okahandja) and must be reachable during business hours.
Take due note that wearing a mask is compulsory in the workplace (i.e. on campus), especially when attending meetings and gatherings. A see-through face shield is also permitted provided that a mask is worn together with the face shield.
The following are guidelines to be used in case a person becomes a suspect of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the University;
- Such a person should be isolated immediately in a separate room and the COVID-19 surveillance Team of the Ministry of Health and Social Services informed immediately.
- The concerned area shall be closed off and vacated immediately for 24 hours. Entry to such a place/area shall be restricted.
- Disinfection shall only take place after a further 24 hours (48 hours after an area is isolated). All persons who have been in close contact with the confirmed COVID-19 case should seek medical advice as soon as possible and go into a mandatory self-isolation on quarantine for a period of 7 days.
- It is not necessary to restrict access to an area if the suspected or confirmed case has not accessed the premises during the previous 48 hours.
If anybody experiences typical symptoms of COVID-19, it is important to self-isolate if on campus and inform the NUST clinic on 061 2072115, campus control on 2072112 if on-campus and/or contact a medical practitioner or the COVID-19 emergency number, 0800 100 100. And if at home, to remain at home and follow the standard operating procedures provided by the Ministry of Health and Social Services Covid-19 Team.
We would like to thank you for your cooperation in curbing the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic during the past months. Be assured that your health and safety remain our priority.
COVID-19 Frequently asked questions from staff and students
As you are aware, the COVID-19 viral outbreak is adversely affecting various socio-economic activities globally, and with reports about the increasing number of people testing positive, it is anticipated that this may have a significant impact on the University’s operations. To this end, here are some answers to a number of frequently asked questions:
Q. When will students return to campus?
A. A number of students who need access laboratories for practical lessons etc. have returned to campus. They were individually notified. The return of students who do not fall into this category will happen gradually in phases and this will be communicated accordingly as time progresses.
Q. How will the face-to-face resumption of classes take place in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?
A. There will be a limited number of students per lecture/group and everyone must observe social distancing protocols of at least 1 metre, at all times. This is in line with the national COVID-19 prevention guidelines.
Q. Once face-to-face learning resumes, will online teaching and learning come to an end?
A. No. Remote learning and teaching will continue even when face-to-face learning commences. Students, who did not receive an invitation from the University to return to the hostels, should remain at home and continue to study through online remote learning.
Q. What are the guidelines when entering the campus/regional centre premises?
A. All students and staff should make sure that they have their facemasks on and their student or staff cards on them. The security personnel will take their details, check their temperature and sanitise their hands. Furthermore, upon entering the buildings, all students and staff must fill-in a log book.
Q. Where can I find information about the COVID-19, such as symptoms and prevention tips?
A. There is still a lot of research being conducted to understand the virus and the health organisations are working tirelessly to ensure the public stays informed. Kindly follow these links of the Ministry of Health and Social Services; the World Health Organisation (WHO); and the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), for symptoms and prevention tips:
Q. How can I reach the University for Information specifically related to COVID-19?
A. You can call the University on the Hotline 081 2954 650 and/or follow this link https://www.nust.na/?q=coronavirus
NOTE: For NUST Announcements on COVID-19 visit https://www.nust.na/?q=coronavirus and follow us on our social media platforms