Awarding research and teaching excellence

The 2018 Researcher of the Year and Teaching Excellence Awards Ceremony was held recently on campus. Various awards were handed over and amongst the key accolades were the Established Researcher of the Year and Upcoming Researcher of the Year, which were awarded to Prof Heike Winshiers-Theophilus and Evert Strydom, respectively.

Winshiers-Theophilus is a Professor of Computer Science in the Faculty of Computing and Informatics, and a pioneer in co-designing technologies with indigenous and marginalised communities. Strydom is a lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and his expertise is in bush and biomass utilisation, through sustainable harvesting.

At the same event, H.E Jana Hybášková, EU Ambassador to Namibia, handed over an award of excellence to NUST. She commended NUST for being a problem-solving Institution. She added that the EU seeks further collaboration with NUST in areas of climate change, biodiversity, and natural resource management. The European Union (EU) has funded a number of programmes at the Institution, in addition to awarding competitive grants, since 2001. Furthermore, between 2012 and 2019, the volumes of capacity building and research projects, awarded to the University, is estimated at N$150 million.

Dr Tjama Tjivikua, NUST Founding Vice-Chancellor, expressed his gratitude for the continued support. “The EU recognises that education is an important enabler for economic development and NUST has benefited greatly from their generous support over the years.”

Date: 
Friday, March 8, 2019
for Month: 
March, 2019

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