The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Namibia (UNAM) was founded on 1st January 2008 following the dissolution of the Dept of Engineering and Technology, which had existed under the Faculty of Science since 2000. The faculty was realized after a Ground Breaking Ceremony conducted by H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma, Founding Father of the Namibian Nation and Chancellor of the University of Namibia at Ongwediva Town on 17th November 2007. In that occasion, the Chancellor appealed to the Government to allocate funds for the construction of the faculty. The ceremony took place on a 13-hectare plot of land that had been donated to UNAM by Ongwediva Town Council.

In January 2008, the National Planning Commission approved funding for construction of Phase 1 of the new Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FOET) in Ongwediva. Construction work began in April 2008 with emphasis on lecture rooms, staff offices, laboratories, IT facilities, student hostels, staff houses and other support facilities. It was the completion of these facilities (Phase IA) that enabled the first batch of students to be admitted in the FOET. However, during 2009, construction work will still be in progress for Phase IB.

In 2008 the University Senate approved the administrative structure of the FOET together with several academic programmes of the engineering curriculum offering the Professional B.Sc. (Engineering) degree at Level 8 of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The Founding Departments are: Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering; Mechanical and Industrial Engineering; and Mining and Metallurgical Engineering. Other academic departments that will be introduced in the near future include Computer Engineering and Information Technology; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Mechatronics Engineering; Chemical and Biomedical Engineering; and Workshops and Industrial Training.

In this inaugural issue of the Faculty Yearbook, I find great pleasure to welcome the pioneering students and the academic and administrative staff of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology to their new location in Ongwediva. It is my hope that the students will take maximum advantage of the excellent facilities at the faculty and be motivated enough to work hard towards their degrees. Facilities like campus wide wireless network, gigabit fast Internet, online lecture notes and assignments, intelligent white boards, high resolution video conferencing, excellent laboratory facilities, ‘green’ architectural designs, solar technology, on-campus waste management for biogas production, CCTV and finger-print access to buildings are just some of the features that will make students and staff feel very much at home in the faculty.

I take this opportunity to thank the Government of Namibia, through the Ministry of Education and the National Planning Commission for making this faculty a reality. Special thanks go to Professor Lazarus Hangula, UNAM Vice Chancellor, who worked tirelessly during the past five years to see to it that a fully fledged faculty of engineering is realized at UNAM. I must also mention key donors who provided material support to the FOET, namely: Government of India, Peoples Republic of China, Government of Nigeria, South Africa-Norway Tertiary Education Development (SANTED) programme; Purdue School of Engineering, Indiana University USA; Oulu University Finland; Brandenburg University Germany; DAAD, Ongwediva Town Council, Agricultural Bank of Namibia; Old Mutual and all others who contributed to ENGIMED fund. Special thanks to all organizations that continue to give bursaries to UNAM engineering students.

 Professor F.P.L. Kavishe
Founding Dean: Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

General enquiries regarding the Faculty of Engineering Information Technology and qualifications offered by the Faculty should be directed to:
The Faculty Officer
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
University of Namibia
Private Bag 13301

Telephone: (+264 61) 206 3047
Fax: (+264 61) 206 3791
E-mail: ttjipura@unam.na

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