Institutional Planner marks silver jubilee bidding farewell to NUST
When she started working at the Institution, it was a mere remnant of Technikon Namibia, with approximately 100 staff members and 2 400 students. Today, a quarter of a century later, there numbers have swelled to about 700 staff members and over 10 000 students.
Neavera Tjivikua, recently retired from the University, but before she left, the former head of the Department of Institutional Planning, had an interview with NUST BRIEF, and went down memory lane.

Q. What qualifications have you obtained over the years?

A. I hold a Bachelor degree in Social Sciences from the University of Cape Town and a Master of Business Administration from the Management College of South Africa (MANCOSA). I am a lifelong-learner and through the years, I have completed courses in strategic planning; innovation; entrepreneurship; change management; and sustainability, to name a few.


Q. What various roles did you assume before becoming a Director?

A. I began my journey at the Institution as a Personal Assistant, and eventually I was appointed as the Director of Planning and International Relations. My responsibilities included the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the University’s Strategic Plans; annual action plans; as well as the physical development plan of the University. In the same role, I significantly contributed to the establishment of the university’s international footprint and reputation.
In 2014, following a restructuring exercise, where the International Relations section was separated from Planning, I started my tenure as the University’s Institutional Planner.

I have been privileged to serve the Institution in various capacities, where I made my humble contribution, with limited resources and under difficult circumstances.


Q. What would your message be to young women and girls?

A. You can be, do or have anything you desire in life. I am particularly passionate about women empowerment and youth development.
I am a certified coach in various areas such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming, which a pseudoscientific approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy as well as others.
This has equipped me quite well to be life coach to a number of women.


Q. What was the highlight of your NUST Career?

A. I cannot help but reflect on the origins of the then Polytechnic of Namibia, and subsequently its evolution into a University. I am particularly proud of the fact that I was part of a managing group that drafted the application for the re-designation and renaming of the institution and presented this case to several stakeholders.
I am also proud of the fact that I, in close collaboration with many dedicated colleagues, facilitated the development and implementation of four strategic plans as well as the concomitant cultural change in the institution.

The plans have laid the foundation for tremendous growth and achievement at the institution, and will forever serve as a benchmark for future reference.
I am satisfied that I did my best at all times and that, collectively, we had taken the University to a proper level of performance, reputation and respect.

Friday, March 5, 2021
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March, 2021

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