According to the Rector, Prof Tjama Tjivikua, the twenty years of academic achievement are evident in every aspect of the Poly’s profile and activity. He says the institution is highly regarded as a great university and pointed to its rating as the Best Higher Education Institution in Namibia for more than ten years.
Today, the Poly boasts a student enrolment of 13 000, a staff contingent of 763 and offers no less than 118 qualifications. This signals the phenomenal growth of the institution as in 1996, at its inception, it had 2 500 students, 120 staff members and offered only 27 qualifications.
The Poly introduced its first Master degree, in Information Technology, in 2005. Since then another five Master programmes have been introduced. Last year the institution introduced its first Doctoral degree in Computing and Informatics.
The Poly’s growth is also reflected by its infrastructure development after it added the Engineering Building, an Auditorium Building, Library, the Hotel School, the Science and Technology Building and the Health Sciences Building, while an additional new engineering building is currently under construction.
Evelyn Breuer, Chairperson of the Poly Council, echoed the Rector’s sentiments and said: “Without a doubt, the story of the Poly is that of outstanding and resounding success and consequently, with the transition to the University of Science and Technology, there is great pressure on us for the new institution to achieve even greater heights.”