NUST partners with NCRST for global inter-cultural project

NUST students from the Faculty of Computing and Informatics are set to take part in a first of its kind learning experience. The students are set to engage in an international interdisciplinary project that involves distributed software development across four continents.

The initiative, called the Global Intercultural Project Experience (GIPE), is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and coordinated by the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Additionally, universities from Peru and Indonesia are also partners in the project.

Students from NUST will be working with their counterparts from the partner universities to develop a base version for the new nationwide Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) portal.

The portal will be used by Namibia’s National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST).

“It is of utmost importance that the NCRST has a functionalised information system to effectively capture, monitor and evaluate STI information,” said Gernot Piepmeyer, NCRST’s Manager of Policies and Programme Development.

Prof Manfred Meyer, from the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, said excitedly: “This will offer NUST students the opportunity to gain a truly Global Intercultural Project Experience, by working together with fellow students from around the world.” The project is funded for a period of four years, thus enabling four annual student projects to be implemented, giving almost 30 local students the opportunity to travel to Germany.

There they will also work with students from Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia (AJCUI) and the Universidad Católica San Pablo (UCSP) in Peru.
After a planning meeting held at Westphalian University in October 2019 and selecting the students to receive scholarships from DAAD, the main activities will kick-off during the course of this month.

At NUST, the project is fully integrated within the Advanced Software Development (ASD) Honours course in the Faculty of Computing and Informatics.
Prof Heike Winschiers-Theophilus from the Faculty, co-designed the GIPE project. “All students from the ASD course will be part of the project, supporting their fellows who will be selected to attend the Spring School,” she said.

The base version of the new STI portal will be presented to the NCRST in approximately five months’ time.

Date: 
Friday, February 14, 2020
for Month: 
February, 2020

Contact Us

The Namibia University of Science and Technology welcomes all queries and suggestions via our contact page. For detailed enquiries please fill in our Advanced Enquiries form on the main Enquiries page.

Private Bag 13388 Windhoek, Namibia 13 Jackson Kaujeua Street, Windhoek, Namibia ictsupport@nust.na Student Registration Enquiries :
+264-61-207-2056
Centre for Open and Lifelong Learning:
+264-61-207-9777
Student Fees and Payments :
+264-61-207-9888
Fax: +264-61-207-2444 Switchboard: +264-61-207-9111

Students ICT Support

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.

Online Enquiry

Please take the time to properly fill out the Enquiry form! This helps us in determining who would be the best contact person to help you further.