The Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic Affairs, Dr Andrew Niikondo, opened the event and emphasised the guiding principles of the Institution’s Research Strategy. He said: “Research promotion efforts should be directed towards specific solutions that enhance self-efficacy and community empowerment and stakeholders should be engaged throughout the research process.”
Master’s and PhD students presented topics on an array of matters from Child Online Protection, Road Traffic Accident Patterns to Preserving Indigenous Knowledge in a Digital World. One of the presentations titled: “Co-designing Crowdsourcing technologies to preserve Indigenous Knowledge with the Otjisa community,” is part of the ongoing project on developing technologies for indigenous knowledge preservation in partnership with rural communities.
One of the Otjisa village elders from the Kunene region, Uaraieke Mbinge, and his wife, Mukamberenge, who have been key contributors in co-designing technologies that will be used by the OvaHimba community also presented at the event. The Electricity Control Board used the platform to sponsor three high-end tablet computers for this research project that is funded by the National Commission on Research Science and Technology. A visiting Professor from Creighton University, USA, Prof Ravi Nath, commended the Faculty’s research focus whilst the FCI Dean, Dr Anicia Peters, mapped the way forward in terms of the Faculty’s research strategies.
Additionally, research students showcased a musical game that they have developed, while the Faculty awarded best research/poster prizes to Mercy Chitauro (PhD), Lameck Amugongo (Master’s) and Viktoria Shakele (Poster).