Polytechnic of Namibia (PON) reinforced its collaboration with the FH Aachen University from Germany last week in Windhoek.
To strengthen that partnership Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has committed N$20m for the next five years.
The partnership was initiated by the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication with the support and funding of GIZ.
Polytechnic of Namibia Rector Prof Tjama Tjivikua emphasised on the importance the partnership has been for both universities.
“In the ensuing period of six years, so much has happened in the sphere of academic development here and in Germany. We are now at the cusp of being renamed as Namibia University of Science and technology (NUST). Our name as Polytechnic was well accepted by our partner university FH- Aachen, and we appreciate the understanding and support,” he says.
FH Aachen University Rector Prof Dr Marcus Bauman also underlined the fact that this partnership has been of great value to his university.
“Our university is partnered with various universities in the world, but I can ensure you that FH Aachen University and Polytechnic partnership is very valuable to us. So much has been accomplished. We have had 51 students from Namibia involved in student exchange at our University.
“Furthermore, it is pleasing to see that Polytechnic is willing to collaborate in many areas such as architecture, multimedia,” Bauman noted.
The partnership between the two universities has focused on civil engineering and to a lesser extent transport engineering. Tjivikua is, however, thankful that he has received support from FH-Aachen for its new programme in architecture since 2010.
Some of the achievements accomplished during those six years include academic staff exchange, attainment of degrees by Polytechnic students at FH- Aachen, industrial attachment training of Polytechnic students to industries in Germany amongst others.
At the same event, three students (Josef Shali Gweendana, Kelly Jane Martin and Filemon Nghikovali) who had completed a double degree through completing a National Diploma with Polytechnic, then proceeded with their studies at FH Aachen to obtain a Bachelor of Engineering were awarded their certificates.
So far eight students have completed bachelor’s degree of FH-Aachen in the double degree arrangement.