Dr Andrew Niikondo, Vice-Rector: Academic, said the Poly, through its Cooperative Education Unit (CEU), has over the years advocated for strong partnerships between academia and the private sector as a means of ensuring that classroom education remains relevant to industry needs through the practical exposure that students gain during Work Integrated Learning (WIL).
“This agreement is signed at an opportune time as Marine Engineering is a future field of specialiation. Therefore, an industry partner with your experience will surely benefit the development of our Marine Engineering programme,” Niikondo said.
The MoA makes provision for attachment of students and academics to Kraatz Marine for capacity-building exercises, research and teaching and learning.
Roberto January, Senior Human Capital Practitioner of Kraatz Marine, said his company was proud of the agreement and encouraged other private, public and academic institutions to consider similar partnerships.
“Kraatz, being part of the O&L Group, shares the vision of creating a future and enhancing life for all Namibians. This can only be achieved by giving our youth an opportunity to practise what they have learned so that they may gain valuable experience and become valuable assets to any future employer. We look forward to a long-term partnership that will enhance our Namibian skill-set in Marine Engineering, among others,” January said.