Higher education institutions uniquely placed to help address global challenges: UNAM Vice-Chancellor

The University of Namibia (UNAM) Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lazarus Hangula says as institution of higher education UNAM is challenged to position itself to partner with government in the implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Hangula made the remarks in a statement read on his behalf by the Director of UNAM’s Rundu Campus, Gilbert Likando on Friday during the university’s Research and Innovation Day.

He said the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), of which UNAM is a member, believes that higher education institutions are uniquely placed to help address global challenges – not only through informing policy with research evidence, but also through graduating generations of new leaders and skilled professionals to spearhead the development agenda.

Likando said UNAM takes note of the challenging task ahead, given that the new SDGs have raised the bar, not just by being more in number than the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but also in that they seek to meet 169 targets.

Covering the next 15 years, the SDGs replace the MDGs, which expired last month. There are 17 SDGs as opposed to the eight MDGs.

These amongst others include ending poverty in all its forms; achieving gender equality; ensuring access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all; reducing inequality amongst countries; and taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.