Official Inauguration Ceremony for Phase III of the Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology (German Wing) at the UNAM José Eduardo dos Santos Campus, Ongwediva

Official Inauguration Ceremony for Phase III of the Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology (German Wing) at the UNAM José Eduardo dos Santos Campus, Ongwediva Enlarge image Ambassador Schlaga with Hon. Dr. Itha Kandji-Murangi (© Geman Embassy, Windhoek)

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the University of Namibia (UNAM) inform:

Today (11 September) marks the official inauguration of the German Wing as part of the third phase in the construction of the Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology at the UNAM José Eduardo dos Santos Campus in Ongwediva.

UNAM-Campus in Ongwediwa: der neue "German Wing" wurde eingeweiht. Enlarge image (© GIZ)

The Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Campus, Prof. Frank Kavishe, delivered the welcoming remarks and provided a brief background to the growth of the Campus and Faculty. Welcoming remarks were held by Prof. Lazarus Hangula, Vice-Chancellor of UNAM.

Hon. Dr. Itah Kandji-Murangi, Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, las well as the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, H.E. Christian Matthias Schlaga and Alois Schneider, Head of Division “Southern Africa, South Africa” at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development also addressed the audience.

All speakers expressed their satisfaction with the project, the excellent cooperation by all the partners involved and the swift implementation: Construction of the new building for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering started in 2015. The building will be ready for use during October 2017. Funding was also provided for the improvement of the teaching facilities through additional workshops as well as the social infrastructure for the students on Campus. German Cooperation contributed a total of 13 million Euro (appr. 200 million N$) for the construction works through its Development Bank KfW. UNAM contributes another 7.2 million Euro (appr. 110 million N$), which amounts to a total project cost of 20.2 million Euro (310.700 million N$).

Currently, 300 students are enrolled at the Faculty. The new facilities and infrastructure erected through the cooperation will substantially help to improve and increase the qualification and number of Namibian civil engineers. It will therefore contribute to addressing the desired outcomes of NDP5 in Higher Education which state that “by 2022, 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.”

German Cooperation, through GIZ, also has assisted UNAM in the development of Bachelor and Master Degree programmes and the accreditation process of their programmes as well as the procurement of laboratory equipment. Lecturers from German universities have been invited as lecturers at UNAM and student exchanges with German Partner universities have been organised in order to foster cooperation and learning.

Germany and Namibia look back at a long and successful cooperation in the transport sector since 2004. Transport is one of the three current focal areas of German-Namibian cooperation. Policy advises by German Cooperation for transport master plans for sustainable transport systems, support for the establishment of a SADC logistics hub as well as the construction of roads have been addressed in this focal area.