The validation stems from an assessment done by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) and the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA).
A delegation from the two institutions visited NUST recently to assess the two programmes, with regards to the quality and relevance of the architectural qualifications leading to professional registration and practice.
“This exceptional landmark achievement by the NUST Architectural Learning Site, which was established less than seven years ago, has come barely 13 months since the two architecture programmes received the unconditional validation status of the Namibia Council for Architects and Quantity Surveyors,” said Prof Sampson Umenne, the Head of the DASP.
One of the benefits of this validation is that SACAP and CAA will be able to endorse the NUST architecture qualifications and recommend them to a variety of international validation authorities, thus attracting the best staff and students beyond Namibia’s borders.
The status will also enhance the Department’s efforts to become the first choice in achitectural studies in the SADC region.
“Furthermore, this achievement will increase the mobility of our students and graduates for further studies and professional registration at the appropriate qualification level,” Prof Umenne remarked.
The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Tjama Tjivikua, congratulated the Department and also expressed his gratitude to SACAP and CAA for their professional conduct.
This validation status is due for review in 2021 for SACAP, and in 2022 for CAA.