He welcomed the Poly community to the institution’s Official Academic Opening for 2015 and said: “The beginning of an academic year signals newness. It is the beginning of a new chapter in our book of life, or a new book altogether, and it is so for the new students, especially those transitioning from high school and undergoing a tremendous evolution from childhood to adulthood.” He added that the year similarly marks a significant transition for senior students who will depart the halls of academe and enter the world of work.
The year 2015 is significant because the institution is expecting to be renamed as the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), marking the start of a new era in tertiary education in Namibia. “This has been brought about because of our tremendous growth and stellar performance to achieve greatness,” Tjivikua said.
“As the founding Rector of this institution, along with many dedicated colleagues, students and alumni, we have been highly privileged to serve the nation and the world in this way,” he said. The Rector called on the institution’s students to focus on and commit themselves to their education. “Intelligence, plus character, is the goal of true education, so build your intelligence, build your character. The Poly is your field of dreams, it is your playground; commit yourselves and achieve greatness,” he said.