“This is especially significant now that the United Nations family has clearly outlined Sustainable Development Goals that every member country, including Namibia, has committed itself to,” he said. Katjavivi further emphasised the value of collaboration with sister institutions, saying that this will enable NUST to “benchmark, source external funding, as well as acquire best practices from tested and approved research and applied technologies.”
The Academic Welcome event is held annually and serves as a platform for management to welcome staff and set the tone for the year. The theme for the 2020 academic year is ‘Innovation for Economic Revitalisation.’
The Acting Vice-Chancellor Morné du Toit spoke extensively about the need for the University to continue taking austerity measures due to limited funding, whilst at the same time offering quality education. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, Dr Andrew Niikondo, gave an extensive presentation titled ‘Making NUST a 21st Century University: Harnessing Science and Technology for the Digital Economy,’ in line with the Institution’s core mandate of particularly enhancing programmes in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.