The Director of the Foundation, Kaitira Kandjii, says there are currently 10 000 alumni on the database. “This is just a starting point. In the months to come, we plan on reaching out to all the 30 000 alumni that have graduated from the Institution, dating back to the days when it was an Academy,” he said.
Kandjii added that alumni are instrumental in enhancing a university’s image. Soon, an association will be created, giving an opportunity for former students to network, get mentorship and contribute to the University’s human and financial resource capacity, amongst others. “Financial aid will enable the provision of bursaries and grants to needy students as well as assist the University to upgrade its infrastructure and increase its bandwidth, which is currently a challenge. Having an active alumni department will encourage current students to remain connected to NUST, well after graduating,” remarked Kandjii.
Last month, the Department hosted a ‘meet and greet’ event for the alumni in northern Namibia. Kandjii says the response was favourable and similar initiatives will be held in other parts of the country.
Moreover, the NUST Act of 2015 requires that there should be an alumni representative on the NUST Council, therefore this new department will enable this appointment.