Honourable Katjavivi is a well-known and respected personality internationally. Leaving Namibia in 1962 as a refugee, he obtained his Doctorate at St Antony’s College of Oxford University in 1986 and has extensive experience in the education, economic and political sectors. He used the opportunity of postgraduate academic research to investigate and write about Namibia’s history and has been at the forefront of higher education in Namibia. In 1999, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Joensuu, Finland.
Apart from being one of the most influential persons in the National Assembly, Katjavivi was a member of the Constituent Assembly that wrote the Namibian Constitution and previously had served the SWAPO Party in various leadership roles. He has served on the boards of numerous national, regional and international bodies and associations, particularly in the educational and developmental spheres. From 1992 to 2003 he was the founding Vice-Chancellor of the University of Namibia (Unam).
NUST is set to strengthen its role in scientific research leading to tangible solutions that will address and redress the national challenges, such as water shortages, renewal energy, unemployment, land and housing. Although the Chancellor’s duties are primarily ceremonial, as the day-to-day operations of the university are under the directorship of the Vice-Chancellor, Katjavivi’s highly developed skills will facilitate in bringing these goals to fruition.
One of his main duties is to be an Ambassador of the University, an area he has vast experience in, having previously championed the liberation struggle of Namibia abroad and having represented Namibia as its Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, The Vatican and Turkey. He is the recipient of many awards and honours.