Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) recently awarded bursaries to seven young Namibian students with the combined value of N$500 000.
The bursaries apply to undergraduate level in the fields of electronic engineering, engineering in telecommunications, IT and Network and Systems Administration
At an award ceremony, Education Minister, David Namwaandi, who officiated at the bursary handover event, applauded MTC for assisting Government in its efforts to develop human capital in the country.
“I wish to caution ourselves and other corporates with the same tradition, that we should not only look after our own needs but also the needs of the country. Our scholarship programs should therefore be in support of the critical and scarce skills that we need as a country and not just necessarily as a corporate. It is therefore of paramount importance that corporates familiarize themselves with the recently launched National Human Resources Plan that clearly identify the skills that our country is in dire need of if we are to become industrialized by 2013” said Namwandi.
This tradition of giving scholarships has been mutually beneficial for MTC over the past 9 years, and we have taken dozen of students through our scholarship program yielding excellent results. The majority of these students are productively employed at MTC and making their contribution to the national economy of this country, says Tim Ekandjo, MTC’ Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer at MTC.
We are therefore very happy to continue this tradition for many years to come. Honourable Minister we have a very unselfish scholarship policy at MTC, we would pay for students study fees in full and if MTC cannot accommodate them with a job once they have graduated, we allow them to go and work for any other company including our competitors, because whoever they go and work for other than us, will be in the best interest of Namibia, so we invest in the country and not just in MTC, expressed Ekandjo.
Minister of Education, David Namwandi said, “Together we must recognise and award excellence and together we must share the development goals of our beloved Namibia.”
The 2013 MTC bursary recipients are:
Erastus Tuhafeni: (Bachelor of Engineering-Electronic and Telecommunications)
Maria Shilunga: (Bachelor of Engineering-Electronic and Telecommunications)
Aiyambo Aindongo: (B-Tech Electronic Engineering)
Tuhafeni Nashipili: (B-Tech Electronic Engineering)
Frieda Nekayi: (B-Tech: IT Network and Supporting),
Grace Jegede: (B-Tech: IT Development)
Michael Shekuhungama ( B-Tech Electronic Engineering).