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NUST engineering degree program gets the ASIIN seal

by Kelvin Chiringa

Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) has had its undergraduate engineering degree program listed amongst the ASIIN accredited degree programs, making it the first ever African institute to be listed courtesy to the university’s 13-year relationship with the Germany FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences.  

The ASIIN accreditation given to the university suits the standards for bachelor’s degree programmes identified in the European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes Framework Standards for the accreditation of engineering programmes.  

Works Minister, John Mutorwa congratulated the faculty of engineering for this significant milestone last week at the official handing over ceremony of the accreditation certificate to NUST.  

He described the development as an important and historic event in the higher education landscape of the country.  

“The event also signifies and demonstrates the critical importance of quality international partnerships and collaboration in higher education,” he said. 

He also gave gratitude to NUST vice-chancellor, Tjama Tjivikua and Aachen’s eminent professor, Thomas Krause, the men behind the collaboration.  

The VC said the new agreement will cement the valuable cooperation in both institutions’ common quest to produce global citizens, defined by universities as graduates with the requisite knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to contribute to the new economy.

“It is significant to note that NUST is the first African institution to qualify for the accreditation amongst ASIIN accredited degree programmes in credible universities worldwide.  The award of the seal is based on learning outcomes-oriented subject standards, and complies with the European Qualifications Framework and the European Standards and Guidelines,” he said. 

He added that the ASIIN seal confirms that an institution guarantees to fulfil the basic institutional, procedural and cultural requirements for good teaching and successful learning.

 Through the partnership, 10 colleagues from Aachen have lectured in Namibia while 16 students from Namibia graduated with a bachelor of engineering from FH Aachen. 

“The collaboration dates back to 2006 when the then Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication, with support from the German government, through GIZ, conducted a needs assessment on engineering skills in Namibia.  The study was commissioned by Professor Helmut Schlosser, who was the Special Advisor to the Ministry, and guided by Professor Thomas Krause,” said Tjivikua.