The opportunity for NUST students to undertake internships in Switzerland is made possible through an agreement between the University and B360 Education Partnerships, a Swiss-based Non- Governmental Organisation that contributes to skills and knowledge transfer and capacity development in southern Africa.
Anthens Liyali, Nancy Mukubesa, Ernestine Kotongo, Paulus Awala and Pena Nelumbu were selected for the B360 Internship Programme in March 2020, but only left Namibia at the start of May due to global Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
All five students indicated that the internships had provided them with the ideal opportunity to put their theoretical knowledge into practice. “I have learned to be a responsible individual since my superiors did not tell me when to do my work, however, they expected me to deliver. I am glad I could take responsibility and ownership of my work,” said Nelumbu.
The students were placed with host families during their stay in Switzerland to ensure that they were fully integrated into Swiss life. “Overall, I had the best experience in Switzerland, all thanks to my host family,” Mukubesa said, while Liyali expressed his appreciation to his host family for opening their home to a complete stranger.
Cathleen Sacheus, a Computing student, is currently on internship in Switzerland and will return to Namibia at the end of September 2021.
The partnership between NUST and B360 was established in 2009, and to date close to 90 NUST students have undertaken internships in Switzerland through the B360 Sending North Programme.