University of Namibia (Unam) Director of Communications Edwin Tjiramba has revealed that the best student from Otavi will be admitted at the country’s top education institution, for free.
Speaking during the Otavi Expo gala dinner, Tjiramba who also donated N$6000 on behalf of the Unam Foundation said the university was excited to uplift the livelihoods of previously disadvantaged communities through education.
“Of course, education is the key. The presence of Unam at this Expo will be huge. We want those students who are keen on getting further in their education to come to our stand and learn more about how they can easily reach university. We will inspire the students here, on top of that the best student to come out of Otavi this year will have his or her fees waivered,” said Tjiramba.
With a little over 4000 inhabitants, Otavi only has one secondary school, Khorab High, and one student’s life now stands to be transformed through education.
The University of Namibia Foundation is UNAM’s official fundraising arm. As a registered trust, it raises funds for student scholarships, research and UNAM capital projects amongst others.
With a student population of close to 13,000 students each year, academic programmes at the University emanate from eight faculties and two schools. These are: the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Faculty of Economics and Management Science; Faculty of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; Faculty of Law; Faculty of Health Sciences, consisting of the School of Nursing and Public Health and the School of Medicine; and the Faculty of Science.
These young yet dynamic and committed faculties and competent administrative support staff has earned UNAM a ranking of being one the top African Universities. During 2006, UNAM was rated as the best higher education institution in Namibia by the Professional Management Review of South Africa and won a Golden Arrow Award. The previous year a Geneva based Foundation for Excellence in Business Practice nominated UNAM to be the recipient of the Foundation’s Gold Medal for Excellence in Business Practice.
To date UNAM has graduated over 17,000 students who are serving the country in various sectors of the economy with most occupying prominent positions in government and the private sector.
Some Key Facts about UNAM:
10 Campuses Nationwide
Distance Education (CES)
Over 13 000 Students
Over 17 000 Graduates
122 PhD Holders
288 Lecturers (Master Degree Holders)
36 Undergraduate Degrees Offered
19 Master Degrees Offered
12 Doctoral Degrees (PhDs) Offered