At the event, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation (MHETI), Hon Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, highlighted that although the unemployment rate amongst the youth is high, it should not discourage graduates. She said: “It is better to have graduates on the street than uneducated youth who are most likely to turn to crime. A graduate is a trained thinker and chances are higher that they will find innovative entrepreneurial ways to make an income. We have to keep training as many Namibians as possible.”
73 percent of the participants in the survey are employed in the public sector. Dr Ndjoze-Ojo further addressed this and urged the private sector to up the ante on assisting government with creating job opportunities.
The main objective of this survey was to evaluate the quality of higher education by assessing the general impact of programmes on graduates.
This will be beneficial to government, and the education sector in particular. Amongst the key findings, 32 percent of the graduates who completed their studies with a Diploma / Certificate had a much higher rate of unemployment, compared to Bachelor’s degree graduates who amounted to 11 percent. This implies that the graduates with the former would be required to enrol for higher qualifications to enhance their employability.
“The results of this survey reveal that the level of education of recent graduates exceeds those of their parents. This indicates that investment in higher education since independence has been wise and is now paying off. The employment of graduates in Namibia, three to four years after completion of their studies, is impressive. Four out of five (81 percent) of the graduates were employed and an additional two percent were self-employed immediately after completion of their studies.
Only 17 percent were not employed. This is very encouraging,” stated Dr Tjama Tjivikua, NUST Founding Vice-Chancellor, in a speech read on his behalf by Himeesora Kaimu, Director of Quality Assurance at NUST.
The event also marked the commencement of The 2019 Graduate Survey, and further information is available on the NUST website.