Awarding bursaries to deserving students allows equal access to education for the wider Namibian community.
Rector of Polytechnic of Namibia Prof Tjama Tjivikua said this when he spoke at the Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) bursary awards today.
A total of 7 students received the bursaries to a tune of N$500 000 and will study in the various telecommunication fields.
“This will ensure the continual supply of the needed manpower in the information communication and technology, electronic and the telecommunication fields. These bursaries will go a long way to supporting students with great potential to realise their dreams,” he says.
He stresses that the digital age has brought immense change in daily lives and continues to transform the way people interact as individuals and communities.
The popularity of social media application, mobile computing, flash mobs and anonymous hacker groups are all signs of how powerful information and communication technologies and the internet have become on a global scale, he notes; however there is still ample room for further growth.
“As the internet and digital device users, we, especially as academic researchers and teachers are extraordinary producers of digital data and this data require storage and sharing via communication and telecom network. In fact, we have moved far beyond a collection of random servers and ad hoc networking to manage our own data and communication needs,” he said.
However, he points out that although data is found everywhere around us, be it twitter or from remote sensors around the world, it also presents challenges such as storing, accessing and analysing the old and dead data.
“Therefore, the higher institutions need to plan for a world where, we develop new protocols that will especially in wireless networking environment, enable us speedily and conveniently share this massive data.