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Naomab visits Ohangwena to assess facilities for envisaged campus

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Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Vice-Chancellor, Erold Naomab, visited Ohangwena region, last week, to assess facilities availed for the envisaged NUST campus at Eenhana.The tour that started on 14 April until 16 April 2021 also in…

Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Vice-Chancellor, Erold Naomab, visited Ohangwena region, last week, to assess facilities availed for the envisaged NUST campus at Eenhana.

The tour that started on 14 April until 16 April 2021 also included courtesy calls to the Patron of the Ongwediva Campus and former president of Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba; the Ovakwanyama Queen Mwadinomho Nelumbu and the Mayor of Eenhana, Omri-onn Kavandje, who have all been instrumental in initiating the project.

Ohangwena region was selected for the project due to limited development and the absence of tertiary education in the area.

Naomab in a media statement on Monday said the delegation visited various sites including a piece of land that was donated by the Eenhana Town Council, as well as already erected facilities that could be renovated or expanded, in accordance with the demands of the new campus.

Naomab noted that there is sufficient consensus amongst all stakeholders that there is a need to respond with urgency as the establishment of a higher education institution in Eenhana is long overdue.

“The campus will provide diverse programmes, including tailor-made industry short courses and executive education, in different disciplines that serve the local communities,” said Naomab.

The first phase of the project is expected to be rolled out in 2021 which will require the provision of office space, a library, lecture rooms, and a computer lab. The premises will house an initial staff complement, who will be instrumental in transferring and further developing the University’s services to the Ohangwena Region. The focal fields of study will be Technical and Vocational Education and Training, natural and management sciences amongst others. Meanwhile, the second phase of the project set to be rolled out in 2023 will mainly focus on infrastructure development.

In the statement, Ohangwena Region Governor, Walde Nevashiya emphasised the importance of resource mobilisation for the project stating that all key stakeholders must be brought on board to ensure the realisation of the initiative.

A fundraising campaign for the project, targeting local and international partners, is set to be launched in the near future.

Source: Namibia Press Agency