Their relationship dates back to the era before independence when both institutions were part of the Academy for Tertiary Education.
The MoU was initiated by the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences of NUST and it will see the two institutions strengthening efforts to ensure the success of current and future mutually-beneficial projects. At present, the collaborations are in areas such as the monitoring of animal movement and poaching, small stock management, dairy cow management, processing of dairy products and the general management of farm infrastructure.
Dr Tjama Tjivikua, the NUST Vice-Chancellor spoke highly of the MoU stressing that there can be no knowledge economy without universities. “This is an opportunity for us to function as a knowledge hub for the country. If we are not coordinated, we will not reap the maximum benefits of the capabilities that exist between us and we will not be able to ensure the longevity of our work,” Tjivikua said. He further proposed a more comprehensive partnership agreement.
Prof Lazarus Hangula, the UNAM Vice-Chancellor said: “It is commendable that we have started formalising our relationship through agriculture and food production as these are crucial areas for our sustainability. I look forward to extending our partnership into other focal points,” Hangula remarked.
Salomo Mbai, the Head of the NUST Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences added that through the joint collaboration, great strides have been made in the country’s agriculture sector. For instance, under the supervision of staff from both universities, a group of bachelor degree students conduct research on the possible use of salt water for crop production.