The Poly annually commemorates IED on 16 September. This year the event programme included top level officials from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Resident Ambassadors and High Commissioners, a debate and a public dialogue.
The IED activities kicked-off with Poly Rector, Prof Tjama Tjivikua, hosting SADC Resident Ambassadors for a meeting, followed by a tour of the institution. Prof Tjivikua briefed the Ambassadors on the Poly’s activities, Schools and Centres and employees from SADC and SADC students studying at the institution.
This was followed by a debate between the Poly and the University of Namibia (UNAM) Debating Teams. The motion had a distinctly international flavour, and was hotly contested by the opposing sides. The UNAM team emerged triumphant and walked away with the IED Debate Trophy.
The Department also hosted an information sharing session to raise awareness on internationalisation and to promote study-abroad opportunities for Poly students. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) participated in this event which saw a number of students walk away with prizes for correctly answering questions about the IR Department.
The main event of the IED activities was the Public Dialogue. Former Namibian Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr Kaire Mbuende, presented his reflections on internationalisation and education for global citizenship. The event also included presentations by soon-to-be and previous exchange students on their study-abroad experiences and expectations.
Commenting on the IED activities, IR Department Director, Dr Marius Kudumo, said, “We are happy with the 2015 IED events. The Department has received positive feedback on the activities, showing that internationalisation is being appreciated as a strategic objective of the institution.”