Poly, Gobabeb Sign Research Agreement

THE Polytechnic of Namibia and the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre (GRTC) signed an affiliation agreement to allow for a joint development of postgraduate short courses for both local and international scholars and scientists.

The Gobabeb Research and Training Centre is an internationally recognised centre for dry land training and research in the Namib desert.

The idea for the affiliation was mooted after both parties recognised the need to clearly spell out primary and agreed terms of cooperation when working together in the arenas of science and education.

The affiliation will allow the joint development of research projects and programme of mutual interests, and provision of onsite joint supervision of students engaged in practical education experience and research.

It will also allow for the conducting of local and international vacation schools to enhance students’ mobility joint application for grants and other appropriate financial instruction for projects as well as enhance multi and inter-disciplinary approaches and opportunities.

Rector of the Polytechnic of Namibia, Tjama Tjivikua said the cooperation between the two institutions, which started as part of an in-service training programme with an ad-hoc summer school 10 years ago, has broadened the spectrum of expertise and possibilities.

“These needs were found to be of great mutual value, but the limitation was that the tool-box to manage such process had become too small and inadequate,” said Tjivikua.

He added that the Polytechnic needed to engage in a strategic alliance with the GRTC in order for the training and research programmes attended by international and local scholars, to be sustainable.

As a result, the two designed an innovative mechanism, and built on their independent competitive aantages to unleash a new force in research and development, education and training, by focusing on arid and semi-arid landscapes.

Director of the GRTC Gillian Maggs-Koumllling said in this regard Gobabeb can offer more than 50 years of experience in arid-land research and long-term monitoring an approach of integrating scientific research with its existing training initiative, and an extensive network of local international partnerships that can enhance activities developed within the framework of this affiliation agreement.

“The Polytechnic of Namibia and GRTC have enjoyed such a positive, mutual beneficial relationship. A formal arrangement between the two organizations will be appealing to third parties seeking reliable partners,” said Koumllling.

Source : The Namibian