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The Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences has hosted Prof Amy Treonis, Associate Professor of Biology from the University of Richmond in Virginia, USA. Prof Treonis is a visiting researcher under the Fulbright Scholar Program whose research focuses on the ecology of desert soils. When many international visitors boarded the last commercial flights and others have booked chartered flights, she chose to remain in Namibia. Below she responds to some questions about her experience.

Dr Thulha Frans, a Lecturer in the Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, was selected to be a Fulbright Scholar from August 2019 until May 2020.

Yamikani Bodole, International Student enrolled in Bachelor of Computer Science in Cyber Security

On 14 March 2020, Namibia confirmed its first two coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Shortly thereafter, all public and private learning institutions were closed, and as a result, students were advised to return to their respective countries hometowns.

Tawanda Dzinomwa,Swiss Re: Financial Accounting

Upon arrival at Zurich International, a friendly group of families with Sabina and the B360 team welcomed us with an air of enthusiasm that calmed the nerves. The excitement of getting to experience Switzerland was evident amongst everyone.

Silvia Bollweg and Jacky Dürkop, Exchange Students from the University of Hamburg, Germany

Silvia Bollweg and Jacky Dürkop are students at the University of Hamburg. Through an MOU, they were supposed to enrol in the Bachelor of Natural Resource Management Honours at NUST for one year, a mandatory part of the International Bachelor in Geography at Hamburg.

Elia Neshiko, a Bachelor of Tourism Management student regards himself lucky to have travelled and studied in Romania amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and its subsequent challenges. Mr Neshiko spent a semester at the University of Oradea. His exchange was funded through an Erasmus+ inter-institutional agreement between the two Universities. When the COVID-19 lockdowns were implemented and universities closed, Mr Neshiko chose to remain in Oradea, where he took his classes online for the remainder of the semester.

Kuda Mushayavanhu, International student enrolled in the Masters in Journalism programme.

“We will be implementing a state of emergency.” These words by President Hage Geingob on 17 March 2020 had a chilling effect upon my spine.

Ms Barbara Liebel, who was the DAAD Lecturer in Namibia since May 2017, has returned to Germany earlier than planned due to COVID-19. She was able to continue her work remotely until the end of August. Ms Liebel had a fruitful and productive term, teaching at the German Section at the University of Namibia, holding consultation hours at NUST, and hosting and participating in various educational and cultural activities.

IR Important Dates for 2020

04 February - Orientation: All International Students 

05 February - Official Opening of Academic Year (lectures begin) 

11 February - International Day of Women and Girls in Science 

01 March - Application Open for 2nd Semester Exchange Students 

14 April - 17 April : Mid-semester Break 

30 April - Visa Application Closes: Incoming Exchange Student for 2nd Semester 

30 April - International Jazz Day 

15 May - NUST Application Closes: 2nd Semester Incoming Exchange Students 

12 June - End of 1st Semester 

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