Poly Rector, Prof Tjama Tjivikua, and NIP General Manager for Technical Operations, Harold Kaura, recently signed an agreement that will extend a partnership that dates back to 2009 and primarily provides for the placement of Poly students with the NIP for experiential training.
At the signing ceremony, Tjivikua emphasised that collaboration has been at the core of the Poly’s development. He attributed the institution’s growth to the collaboration between it and its industry partners. “The collaboration, through building on work integrated learning here and abroad, and relevant interdisciplinary research and scholarships, helps to enhance the learning process of students, and therefore our model of collaboration seeks to optimise mutual benefits,” Tjivikua said.
The Rector commended the NIP for fulfilling its role as a willing partner to the Institution, noting that no less than 75 Biomedical Science students have undergone experiential training at the NIP. “All those that have completed their internships with NIP have graduated and have registered with the Health Professions Council of Namibia. This is indeed a fantastic achievement,” Tjivikua said.
The NIP’s Kaura said he was satisfied with the productive nature of the partnership between the two institutions. “This relationship facilitates the process that gives students the opportunity to put into practice the theories they have learned. “Doing their internship at NIP exposes students to the behind-the-scenes activities and real-world experiences of medical laboratory practices and standards,” Kaura said.
The NIP will also provide the Poly with training material and laboratory specimens, while NIP staff members, such as specialised biomedical scientists or pathologists, will present lectures and deliver presentations to the students.