Greene instrumental in training of medical engineers

American academic, Prof Dick Greene, has spent the past nine months lecturing and participating in the development of new academic programmes at the Poly as part of an academic exchange programme between the University of New Mexico and the Poly.

Greene first visited Namibia in 2008 when he assisted the Poly with the establishment of its School of Engineering, and then again in 2010 for a follow-up visit. Over the past seven years, Greene has developed a deep affinity for the Poly, its students and the Namibian people, a sentiment he openly shares.

“I love Namibia, the people and the work I have been doing here. It’s been a joy working with the Poly students who are so eager to learn despite facing and overcoming many challenges which students at my home university never have to face,” Greene said.

During his recent visit, which began in August last year, Greene has lectured and also assisted in the development of the academic programmes for the training of medical engineers. The programme is being developed jointly with the University of Cape Town (UCT) and aims to produce skilled individuals who are able to effectively use and carry out maintenance on medical equipment at healthcare centres across the country.

“Namibia has a shortage of skilled and qualified medical and clinical engineers, and this programme that is being developed, aims to meet this need,” Green said. He added that the programme will lead to optimal and effective use of healthcare equipment, thus positively impacting the quality of healthcare service provision throughout the country.

Date: 
Friday, May 29, 2015
for Month: 
May, 2015

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