Moreover, one of the main highlights of the visit, was the tour of the Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC), where postgraduate students shared their research work focusing on conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.
“Conservation and responsible use of biodiversity are national activities that require trans-disciplinary solutions. Postgraduate students in different faculties conduct applied research to support these needs from different angles. They are the heartbeat of the Centre,” said Prof Morgan Hauptfleisch, the Centre Head and an Associate Professor, in the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences.
Some noteworthy achievements emanating from the BRC are that Johnson Kaulinge, a Honours in Geoinformation Technology graduate, who is now employed as a Geographical Information System assistant for the EU-funded SCIONA project.
The Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organisation that works on protecting and studying giraffes across Africa.
Equally impressive is, Milciades Chicomo’s admission to Oxford University, where he will continue his studies.
Chicomo, a Masters student (Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences), is conducting research on Angola’s small population of Hartmann’s mountain zebras, and their hybridisation with domestic donkeys to produce ‘zonkeys’.
“NUST endeavours to be a leading, research intensive University that is responsive to socio-economic needs with a strong focus on capacity, knowledge and technology transfer with student development and mentoring at its core,” Dr Naomab proudly said to the Ambassador.
The German Ambassador was pleased with NUST’s willingness to enhance collaboration in key development areas.