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Scholarship beneficiaries pictured with Dr Colin Stanley, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Partnerships (front row, fourth row) and NUST research staff.

NUST awards scholarships to postgraduate students

NUST recognised top-performing students in various disciplines through its full-time Prestigious Research Excellence Scholarships (PRES), valued at over two million Namibia dollars. This is the first time the University is availing funds of this nature, as part of the initiatives funded through the Institutional Research Publications Committee (IRPC) budget.

One of the conditions is that the students will be groomed into the academic pipeline for exposure to various higher degrees related functions such as teaching, assessing and leading research teams.

Generally, financing higher degrees poses as a limiting factor towards furthering studies, therefore, this is at least one hurdle that six postgraduate students will not have to worry about. The funds will be used to cover costs that include tuition, monthly allowances, conference participation and publications costs.

An award ceremony was held on campus recently to officially handover the scholarships.

“These scholarships will enable students to focus on their research and related outputs such as academic publications and innovative product development, guided by their supervisor contributing to advancing knowledge in their fields,” said Dr Colin Stanley, the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Partnerships. It is also mandatory for the awardees to complete their studies within the stipulated  study period, thereby contributing to higher graduate output.

The beneficiaries are: Peter Kaulyaalalwa (Master of Computer Science in Software Development), Ericky Iipumbu (Master of Computer Science in Cyber Security), Laurica Afrikaner (PhD in Natural Resources – Hydrogeology), Charlize Rix (Master’s in Biotechnology), Heino Mangundu (Master of Applied Econometrics) and Menethe Hausiku (Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management). One of the candidates, Laurica Afrikaner, expressed immense gratitude to University’s management for the financial injection, on behalf of the students.