At the beginning of the event, a bell is rung and this symbolises the beginning of the orientation programme for the students. The tradition was started in 2011 and over the years it has become an important part of the Department’s calendar. Lameck Mwewa, an Associate Dean: Teaching and Learning, and former Dean of the Faculty, was the guest speaker at the occasion. Mwewa gave a motivational talk on how the students can become successful, and generally how to cope with university life.
“Make sure you enjoy this period of your life. Be inquisitive, apply your mind and be a well-rounded person, academically and socially. Navigate through the tough times, and never give up. Use the support systems that the Institution has in place, but remember the main responsibility to succeed rests with you, ”Mwewa said to the students. During the Assembly, senior students encouraged the newcomers to join organisations such as the Namibia Architecture Students’ Association, the Namibia Urban Planning Students’ Association, and the Namibia Urban Planning Students’ Association. This, they said, would open up doors that enable them to gain more practical knowledge.
Since 2010, the Department has produced cohorts of graduates in Architecture, as well as Town and Regional Planning, Regional and Rural Development. Some of the graduates have been absorbed by industry locally, whilst some have gone on to further their studies in South Africa and Europe.
The NUST undergraduate and postgraduate Architecture Programmes are accredited and recognised regionally and internationally. The DASP offers qualifications in Quantity Surveying, Town and Regional Planning, Regional and Rural Development, and Architecture. The enrolment, currently at more than 500, has been growing steadily over the years.