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.