Earlier this month, more than 500 learners from seven schools visited the NUST stand at the Keetmanshoop Ritja Career Fair, eager to gain knowledge on what NUST has to offer those interested in pursuing tertiary education. The fair was held at the Suiderlig Secondary School under the theme “Education and Science and Technology Advance, Real World,” where representatives from the Communications and Marketing Department attended to inquiries from the learners.
Notable characteristics of the region include small stock farming, mining enterprises and small-scale enterprises, all of which are linked to programmes offered in departments such as Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences and Mining and Process Engineering. The learners were particularly keen on careers in these fields.
Emily Kandjou of NUST said the performance of Grade 12 learners in the //Karas Region makes it pivotal for NUST to participate in career fairs in such areas, to motivate learners by informing them of the career options available, and the grades required to enable them to study at NUST.
The Regional Governor, Lucia Basson, applauded the initiative and warned the learners that it is their responsibility to improve their grades. She also urged career fair organisers to visit rural schools in the region where children are underprivileged and do not have easy access to services.
Although NUST is located in Windhoek, regional centres have been established nationwide through the Centre for Open and Lifelong Learning. Staff at these centres assist students with registration, payment of fees, obtaining information on exam time tables, administer examinations, while also offering administrative support for courses offered on the distance learning mode.