Over 80 African students, with a minimum of three years’ university education in physics, mathematics, engineering and/or computer science participated in the event. In addition, NUST hosted the African Conference on Physics (ACP2018), a forum which ran parallel to the school.
The conference consisted of presentations, discussions and debates involving local and international policy-makers in matters of education and research, with the overall objective to align the conference’s priorities with that of the agendas of African governments.
The areas that were specifically addressed during the school include Astrophysics and Cosmology; Nuclear and Particle Physics; Accelerator, Medical and Radiation Physics; High Performance Computing; Physics Education; Physics Communication; Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency; and Materials Physics.
During the opening ceremony of the conference, Honourable Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, said: “Science education is crucial to Africa’s success in the 21st Century. More than 50% of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa is younger than 25 years of age and every year for the next decade, we expect 11 million youth to enter the job-market. This gives Africa a tremendous opportunity to build a base of human capital that will serve as the engine for economic transformation of our continent.”
This is the first time the school and conference have been held in Namibia.