NUST and UNDP sign agreement

Morne du Toit, Acting Vice- Chancellor at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) said the institution will work with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in generating evidence on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) implementation in the country.

Speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the institution and the organisation here on Friday, Du Toit said the two are set to leverage on one another's strengths.

The desired impact of the partnership is to mobilise increased resources to support research development and innovation as well as expand infrastructure, Du Toit said.

Du Toit further said the agreement is necessary in order to drive a new wave of world class development towards the realisation of national development imperatives within the context of global commitments namely the SDG's.

He said NUST students who will intern at UNDP as a result of the agreement will use the recently launched accelerator lab to find solutions to development challenges by finding ways to enhance job creation in order to reduce poverty.

Margrethe Kampulu, UNDP communications associate told Nampa the accelerator lab was launched two months ago by the UNDP and German embassy in Namibia and will facilitate programmes under the MOU.

Speaking at the same event, UNDP resident representative Alka Bhatia, said the key outcomes expected from the MOU include evidence-based research papers, paper contributions and participation in the national processes for SDG reporting.

The program will also include the co-hosting of events such as conferences and contributions by NUST students to the National Human Development Report and other UNDP strategic policy and position papers, Bhatia said.

The signing ceremony was attended by students and officials from both organisations, the media was invited in order to inform the public of the collaborative efforts between the two institutions in helping Namibia's efforts towards realising the SDG's.

Source: Namibia Press Agency