The United Nations (UN) General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015) on 20th December 2013. This International Year has been the initiative of a large consortium of scientific bodies together with UNESCO, and will bring together many different stakeholders including scientific societies and unions, educational institutions, technology platforms, non-profit organizations and private sector partners.
The University of Namibia (UNAM) has allocated N$500 000 to more than 100 UNAM students in need of financial assistance. The money was drawn from various sources within the university and allocated to the Student Assistance Fund, one of many student support programmes within the Office of the Dean of Students.
As part of the School of Pharmacy’s commitment to engage students from remote and rural areas, a total of fifty (50) grade 12 Okakarara Secondary School learners recently toured the School of Pharmacy at the UNAM Medical Campus. Deputy Associate Dean of the School of Pharmacy, Dr Vetja Haakuria, coordinated the tour and explained to learners the different roles the profession plays in the medical industry, stimulating discussions regarding training paths and necessary qualifications.
Three schools emerged victorious in the High School Essay Competition organised by the University of Namibia Accounting Society (UNAS), recently. The competition forms part of UNAS’ annual outreach programme, which aims to broaden the scope of high school learners exposed to the important field of accounting. Jan Mohr Secondary School came first, followed by MK Gertze and Rehoboth High Schools, respectively. The winning learners received a cash prize of N$ 1000, while the runners-up walked away with N$ 700. The third place winners received N$ 500.
Recently promoted UNAM Professor, Elizabeth Amukugo, is still in the running for ‘Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government’. She is set to travel to Johannesburg on 27 October for a two-day leadership symposium, right before the grand ceremony, at which Arica’s most influential women in business and government will be announced.
The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology of the University of Namibia (UNAM) will register the next intake of students in its Master of Science degree programme in Civil Engineering (MSc Civil Engineering) at the beginning of February 2015 …
The commitment to improve access to higher education remains high on the agenda of the University of Namibia. As a result, two new lecture halls were inaugurated at the Katima Mulilo Campus on 25 September 2014, which now effectively increases the seating capacity of lecture venues from 300 to over 700. Guest speaker, Hon. Dr Albert Kawana, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Attorney General, raised concerns about the problems facing education. “A lack of sufficient and equipped learning facilities is a major drawback in the country’s educational system. These new buildings are therefore an agent of social change and transformation in this regard”, Dr Kawana noted.