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UNAM merges academic faculties into four

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University of Namibia (UNAM) Vice-Chancellor, Kenneth Matengu on Wednesday announced that the institution has merged its eight faculties into four, effective from 01 June 2021.Speaking during the annual UNAM graduation ceremony held virtually on Wednes…

University of Namibia (UNAM) Vice-Chancellor, Kenneth Matengu on Wednesday announced that the institution has merged its eight faculties into four, effective from 01 June 2021.

Speaking during the annual UNAM graduation ceremony held virtually on Wednesday, Matengu said the merging is part of the grand transformation that the university faces mainly in the form of restructuring it to be more agile, efficient and sustainable.

“In the areas where we have seen poor collaboration, we have merged different units to encourage cooperation and give students richer variety of qualifications from which to choose from,” he said.

Matengu said new faculties include Faculty of Agriculture, Engineering and Natural Sciences which is aimed at bringing about collaborations to mechanise and automate agriculture by leveraging the power of engineering, technology and science. Commerce, Management and Law is also one of the faculties aimed at creating new synergies that give students diverse combinations with multiple exit points.

“As the world of work changes, we too must produce a new type of student, one that leaves university mature and sophisticated enough to take on their own ventures,” Matengu stated, while adding that the University will also have a Faculty of Education and Human Science which will bring about new collaborations that will impact both arts and the pedagogy.

The fourth is the Faculty of Health Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in which the institution hopes to see stronger collaboration and sharing of resources between sub-disciplines.

“All these changes mean that we will begin to see a new brand of student emanate from UNAM in the near future. One that is diverse, with knowledge of subjects outside of their specialisation and capable of impacting the world of work, research and the business sector in a profound way,” boasted Matengu.

Speaking at the same occasion, Higher Education, Training and Innovation Minister, Itah Kandji-Murangi reiterated that as Namibia move closer towards the year 2030, at which the country is aspiring to be an industrialized country, developed by her own people there is a need for a critical mass of highly skilled and qualified people, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics areas.

Source: Namibia Press Agency