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Poly Inaugurates school of health building

Mon, 7 July 2014 02:58
by Memory Mutenda

The Polytechnic of Namibia soon to become the University of

Science and Technology’ (NUST) officially opened doors of the

school of Health and Applied Sciences last week.

The new building will host a number of state of the art facilities

that will help advance research in the field of Health and Science.

The building consists of 18 state of the art laboratories, 15

classrooms a double storey auditorium for 288 people, 2 IT

laboratories, 97 offices and many others.

The well-designed state-of –the-art building for teaching, learning

research and service will allow growth in student enrolment

at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the Science,

Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programmes.

Already hundreds of students and faculty are using this facility

and are illuminating the way for future generations, stated Prime

Minister Hage Geingob.

Speaking at the Inauguration, Geingob encouraged the

Polytechnic of Namibia to play a critical role in promoting and

advancing science and technology in Namibia; must be beacon

of hope and performance by teaching, researching and serving

society at the highest levels competence and performance.

“There is no reason why Namibia cannot be a role-player in

science and Technology and why we cannot drive innovations

locally, regionally and internationally. We cannot remain at the

margins of technological developments, and thus we must attend

to the critical size of human resources and infrastructure” said


 “Clearly, the history of this nation, and indeed of the polytechnic,

shows that we can climb the ladder of development and rise to

the top. And so we must measure our efforts and make the right

investments where it matters most” said Geingob.

The Rector of the Polytechnic, Tjama Tjivikua said, the

Polytechnic added three new programmes, this year, in the

Natural Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics, because their

the foundations of a technological university.

The new building will alleviates the shortage of office and lecture

rooms at the institution and complements the introduction of new

programmes in the School of Health and Applied Sciences.