ONGWEDIVA- The completion of UNAM’s Phase III building is a sign that the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology is growing in physical infrastructure. There are now three wings out of the five required to form the five- sided star design of the Facility.
The government of Germany invested over N$ 300 million into building the third phase of the Jose Eduardo Dos Santos Campus, in Ongwediva.
And the completion of the German Wing that houses the department of Civil and Environment Engineering will expand the teaching and learning resources necessary to train quality civil engineers.
Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Itah Kandgii-Murangi, said noted the German governments’ assistance in terms of infrastructure developments delivery through investing in education.
“Namibia is the largest recipient of German financial assistance in the world: Namibia has received close to 900 million Euros in development aid, since independence,” said Kandgii-Murangi.
Namibia has put in place an education system that responds to industrial needs by strengthening of research capacity at higher learning institutions and improving quality of teaching and learning in universities by 2022.
When Phase IA of the Faculty was inaugurated in April 2009, there were 45 enrolled students and six full time staff members. Since then they have seen the completion of Phase IB and Phase II, which is known as the Indian Wing and now the number of enrolled students has tripped.
UNAM José Eduardo dos Santos Campus in Ongwediva, has plans to launch new programmes for the training of Architects and Urban Planners with the assistance already received from the University of Ferrara in Italy and a Russian Academy.
Founding dean of the Faculty Engineering and Information Technology, Frank Kavishe has urged people to make the most of these magnificent facilities at the disposal, and use them with care, so that they can benefit many generations to come after those that are still at the campus. – Maria Abraham