NUST’s Department of Mining, Mechanical and Process Engineering made an industry call to fulfil a funding gap NSFAF recipients suffered. The Namibian Ports Authority, through its Social Investment Fund (SIF), was the only company who responded positively by availing a generous donation of N$1,5- million to the students.
Speaking on behalf of Dr Erold Naomab, NUST Vice-Chancellor, Dr Andrew Niikondo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching, Learning and Technology, noted that the graduates of this programme would contribute significantly to the National Development Goals in various roles.
“Providing young students with a valuable resource such as a scholarship ultimately proved to be the difference between the students finishing or no finishing their studies in Finland. It should be emphasised that these scholarships will change the lives of these young people,” Dr Niikondo said. Thimoteus Shilongo, one of the scholarship recipients, also expressed his appreciation on behalf of the Marine class for the scholarships bestowed upon them.
Andrew Kanime, CEO of Namport and Chairman of the Namport Social Investment Fund, urged the recipients to be exemplary and mindful of the immense sacrifices done by others for them to be at the threshold of attaining these life-changing qualifications and achievements. “The marine industry underpins the future development and realisation of the benefits presented by the blue economy and you are the front runners towards harnessing the full benefit of theses plentiful resources,” Kanime continued. The sponsored students have commence with their studies in Finland as of Monday, 01 August 2022.