The Association of Private Higher Education Institutions Namibia (APHEIN) was launched, at the Hilton hotel in Windhoek last night, at the same time the Ministry of Education announced the completion of the Education and Training Sector Improvement Programme (ETSIP).
The event was officiated by the Minister of Education Dr David Namwandi, and Professor Earle Taylor who is also the founder of Triumphant College. Prof. Taylor encouraged members of APHEIN and other involved stakeholders to help produce graduates who will be able to create employment.
The private higher institutions that are members of APHEIN are International University of Management, Institute of Open Learning, Triumphant College and the Montessori Teacher Training College. Dr Namwandi told the APHEIN members to work together to improve the quality of the higher education sector in Namibia.
“In this regard the government has developed the National Human Resources Plan 2010-2025 which identifies areas of critical human resources shortages that the higher education system is expected to address,” says Namwandi. He announced that the ministry has developed the Education and Training Sector Improvement Programme (ETSIP).
He continued that, the work of private higher education institutions is complementary to the efforts of the government through the Ministry of Education and through the government funded higher education institutions. “As private providers of higher education, you should not see yourselves as competitors of public higher education institutions, but rather as partners in archiving national goals and objectives,” Namwandi said.
Namwandi requested that APHEIN provide a platform for all private providers of higher education to share good practices, to speak with one voice, and to be able to engage government on matters concerning higher education with one consolidated voice.