During the visit, the delegates held discussions centred on five major themes, namely, educational and media technology options; e-health; logistics and supply chain management; maritime technologies, and management. The essence of the benchmarking trip hinged on sustainability and long-term collaboration.
Furthermore, the need to ensure research and technology transfer and address institutional contributions towards research for sustainable development, was discussed at length by the President of FUAS, Dr Christoph Jansen, together with Prof Thomas Schmidt and Janntje Böhlke-Itzen, also from the University.
FUAS and NUST have a long-standing partnership that particularly played a key role in NUST’s transformation from a polytechnic to a university. A project supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), under the DIES framework, was established to support this transition in areas such as research capacity and the integration of technologies in teaching, learning and assessment. The strategic discussions held last week ended with the universities agreeing on the development of a long-term plan, to ensure the collaboration continues beyond the DIES project tenure. The partnership is based on mutually beneficial networks that will result in promoting staff and student exchange and joint research projects, leveraging from expertise from both parties.
Moreover, the delegation was privileged to have HE Andreas Guibeb, Namibian Ambassador to Germany, in their midst. He emphasised the importance of regional integration and the role that universities of applied sciences play in ensuring economic impact through public and private partnerships.