UNAM gets N$10 million to construct lecture halls at southern campus

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The University of Namibia (UNAM) Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kenneth Matengu, said N$10 million has been allocated this year for the construction of lecture halls as part of the first phase of the southern campus development cycle.

Matengu revealed this during the 2024 UNAM Southern Campus graduation ceremony on Friday, saying more funds are expected over the next two years to ensure that the first phase is completed. The construction of the first of five phases started in 2016, and it has cost the government N$93 million already.

Education is a weapon against poverty - President Mbumba

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President Nangolo Mbumba has emphasised that education is the most powerful weapon against poverty. 

Dr. Mbumba, in his capacity as Chancellor of the University of Namibia, said this while officiating at the Southern Campus graduation ceremony. 

Dr. Mbumba conferred 170 qualifications on graduates who completed diploma, degree, and postgraduate diploma courses in the fields of business administration, accounting, education, and nursing. 

Debt Struggles: UNAM students blocked from obtaining qualification certificates,transcripts

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Potential graduates from the University of Namibia (UNAM) who are in arrears are currently unable to obtain their qualification certificates or academic transcripts.

This has caused concern among many students who are scheduled to graduate next month, as they worry about the impact of their university debt on their future prospects.

Previously, Unam allowed potential graduates to access their qualification certificates and academic transcripts even if they were in arrears, provided that they cleared their debt before receiving their official documents.

Sasscal, UNAM Collaborate on green hydrogen implementation process

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Stakeholders in the implementation process of Green Hydrogen, Sasscal and the University of Namibia shared with nbc-news the role they play in the implementation process of green hydrogen projects.

Sasscal plays a role in fund sourcing and continuous training, whereas UNAM plays a pivotal role in the research of green hydrogen projects.

UNAM encourages students to study indigenous languages

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The Head of Academic Affairs at the University of Namibia's Southern Campus has called on prospective students to apply for the Early Childhood and Junior Primary courses.

Rauna Namukwambi says that there are still spaces available for students who major in Khoekhoegowab, Afrikaans, and Otjiherero languages.

Namukwambi was speaking during an exclusive interview with nbc News at Keetmanshoop.

Grade 12 qualification remains mandatory for acceptance at UNAM

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Even if a learner achieves top performance in Grade 11, they will not be accepted at the University of Namibia (UNAM).

UNAM's Student Recruitment and Operations Officer, Josy Nghipandua, has reiterated that one must have completed Grade 12.

Nghipandua advised learners to take at least two AS subjects, which are to be combined with three ordinary-level subjects, for the required marks.

She says, that with adjustments to the curriculum, there are vital NQF levels needed as well as a level of maturity to join the tertiary phase.

Gap ratio between female and male graduates concerning

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The University of Namibia's Chancellor says the ratio between male and female graduates remains concerning and is a gap that needs to be closed.

Nangolo Mbumba was speaking at the UNAM Spring Graduation Ceremony in Windhoek.

In his address, UNAM Chancellor Nangolo Mbumba commended the university for constantly reviewing its curriculum.

He is, however, not impressed by the number of male graduates.

UNAM Alumni sport

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The University of Namibia hosted a family sport and recreational day, at the University's sport field on Saturday.

The University of Namibia played host to a vibrant Alumni Family Sport and Recreational Day on Saturday, bringing together former and current members of the university community for a day filled with sporting activities.

Kashiwanwa Immanuel, the event organizer, emphasized that the objective of the Alumni Family Sport and Recreational Day was to cultivate networking among UNAM alumni.

UNAM ranked 16th among top 100 universities in Africa

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The University of Namibia (UNAM) has been ranked 16th among the top 100 universities in Africa by the latest 2023 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

In a media statement issued Friday, UNAM announced that the institution was ranked 16th among the Top 100 Universities in Africa by THE World University Rankings. The 13 indicators used by THE ranking to evaluate university performance include teaching, research, research impact, innovation, and an international outlook.

UNAM VC urges the Almuni Association to provide scholarships

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The Vice Chancellor of the University of Namibia (UNAM), Professor Kenneth Matengu, wants the Alumni Association to provide scholarships to deserving students and improve campus facilities.

Professor Matengu said this during the launch of the UNAM Alumni Southern Chapter at Keetmanshoop in the ||Kharas Region.

The UNAM Southern Campus was recently inaugurated, and Professor Matengu says that the establishment of the Southern Chapter came at the right time as the university continues to expand its footprint in the region.