Prof Moutlana, a Havard-educated scholar, made the call during the Poly’s 20th Graduation Ceremony where 1 303 students received undergraduate and postgraduate qualifica-tions.
“As you move out or make other inroads into the world of work, so, too, you have to set new goals. Do not forget, that if you set low goals, you will achieve little, for the size of one’s dreams determines the size of the person one will become,” Moutlana said. She added that in the world of work every competitor is a possible winner and called on the graduates to cultivate mental attitudes that will encourage them to win and strive for progress.
“In acquiring new qualifications, these new successes will make certain demands on you. You will be called upon to help your communities in crafting and developing new visions, new ways of life for a future Namibia, namely a society that will be free from hunger, deprivation, ignorance and poverty, joblessness, job losses and disease,” Moutlana said.
Turning her attention to the Poly’s transformation, she said: “This new University of Science and Technology has both a distinctive responsibility and a precedent-setting challenge. It has to create new knowledge and apply it meaningfully for social upliftment, and form alliances with industry to ensure relevance of curriculum and learning experience.”
The Rector of the Poly, Prof Tjama Tjivikua, said the institution is committed to driving Namibia to becoming a cultural, educational, financial, scientific and technological hub as it aims to contribute to the country’s development through quality education delivery, research and community engagement.
He added that as a University of Science and Technology (UST), the institution is committed to delivering exceptional results for the nation’s growth and competitiveness. “In fact, the mission of the UST spells a special responsibility to humanity, for humanity’s well being, for destiny are completely intertwined with science, technology and innovation,” Tjivikua said.