One of the historic universities in the United States of America, the Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, has awarded the Polytechnic of Namibia’s Rector, Professor Tjama Tjivikua, the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, in recognition of his “outstanding contributions to higher education and as one of the most dedicated and committed humanitarians.”
Tjivikua is the Founding Rector of the Polytechnic since 1995 and is known his unwavering commitment to transforming the Polytechnic to Namibia University of Science and Technology.
He graduated from Lincoln University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (cum laude) in 1983.
He obtained his Master of Science in Chemistry from the University of Lowell (now University of Massachusetts at Lowell) in 1985 and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990. He was a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1989–1990) and Assistant Professor of Chemistry from 1990 to 1995 at Lincoln University before joining the Polytechnic of Namibia.
Lincoln University has produced distinguished graduates such as US Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, renowned poet and playwright Langston Hughes, the first president of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe, and the first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, and Mose Tjitendero, the first Speaker of the Namibian National Assembly, among others.
Tjivikua also joins a list of luminaries who have received honorary doctorates from this university such as scientist Albert Einstein, President Sam Nujoma, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Rosa Parks, considered the mother of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.