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Germany funds construction of new hostel at UNAM campus

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A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of new student accommodation was held at the University of Namibia’s (UNAM) Jose Eduardo dos Santos Campus on Wednesday.The start of construction was launched by Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba, Germany’s Am…

A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of new student accommodation was held at the University of Namibia’s (UNAM) Jose Eduardo dos Santos Campus on Wednesday.

The start of construction was launched by Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba, Germany’s Ambassador to Namibia Herbert Beck and Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi.

The campus houses UNAM’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology and is situated in Ongwediva in the Oshana Region.

Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony, Mbumba pointed out that the faculty at its inception in 2009 enrolled only 42 students and had one hostel block with a capacity of 126 students.

He said 30 per cent of the students enrolled at the campus are from outside Namibia, including elsewhere in the Southern African Development Community Region. Through the support of the Namibian government, German government and other donors, Mbumba said the campus increased its enrolment to the current 450 engineering students.

He said Germany availed more than N.dollars 87.5 million for the new hostel block’s construction, in addition to earlier support to the campus such as some N.dollars 105 million, through GIZ, for the purchasing of engineering laboratory equipment and for a staff and student exchange programme.

The German government, Mbumba said, found it fit to support the construction of the new hostel to ensure adequate accommodation for the increasing number of students on the campus.

On his part, Beck said since 2012 Germany has provided significant support to the Jose Eduardo dos Santos Campus by way of financial and technical cooperation for the construction and establishment of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the campus.

“By doing so, we worked on the hardware as well as the software aspects,” Beck noted. He went on to say the German Development Bank (KfW) provided a grant of some N.dollars 150 million for the construction of the German Wing (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) at the campus.

UNAM Vice-Chancellor Professor Kenneth Matengu and Oshana Governor Elia Irimari also attended the groundbreaking.

Source: Namibia Press Agency