The MoU focuses on research collaboration, training, student internships and knowledge exchange with the aim to strengthen the capacity of the National Council’s Research and Information Unit and to transfer research knowledge that could inform the national decision-making process.
Margaret Mensah-Williams, Chairperson of the Council, emphasised that Parliament’s role has evolved in recent years and now has an increased power to shape laws across a broader range of fields than ever before. “Unlike other Parliaments, members of the Namibian Parliament do not have access to the expertise available to the Executive and solely rely on the Parliamentary staff. It is against this background that the National Council saw fit to seek additional capacity,” Mensah-Williams said.
NUST Vice-Chancellor, Tjama Tjivikua, said the Institution’s research niche areas include the pertinent issues of sustainable development, technology, housing and indigenous knowledge. He said NUST recognises that fostering a stronger culture of research and innovation and building research capacity will be critical to the success of its research endeavours. “This MoU is an indication of the sincere acknowledgement towards institutional capacity development, based on our training and research portfolio and reputation,” Tjivikua said.