Poly Rector, Prof Tjama Tjivikua, and the Director of Operations of NSA, Osia Kaakuha, recently signed the agreement that formalises the relationship between the two institutions. The agreement will see Poly students, staff and faculty undertake research projects at the NSA, student placements for in-service training and student excursions to the NSA.
As part of the agreement, the NSA may also provide scholarships to a pre-determined number of Poly students in line with the mandate and areas of interest of the Agency. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Tjivikua noted the mutually beneficial nature of the partnership and said: “This opportunity will provide access to our facilities at both our institutions, and to redress skills development, graduate employability, the quality of our graduates and also provides opportunities for capacity enhancement at the NSA.”
Kaakuha of the NSA said that while education is key to development, statistics are needed on which to base developmental decisions. “Through this cooperation and partnership we are certain that we are doing justice to the national cause as enshrined in Vision 2030, and we have no doubt that this initiative will be a success that future generations of Namibians can be proud of.”
Through the agreement the Poly and the NSA will also establish a Joint Technical Committee. The focal departments for this initiative will be the Poly’s Departments of Computer Science and Informatics and Economics, and the Departments of IT and Data Processing and Economics at the NSA.