The event was held as a platform to showcase research projects conducted by staff and students of the Faculty.
Dr Alfred van Kent, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, opened the event and said that if Namibia were to become an industrialised nation, field research is of the essence. He added that knowledge and skills development are the cornerstones of poverty eradication.
“However, the ongoing acute shortage of engineering-related skills in the country has proven to be a challenge, and government is faced with a tall order of remedying the situation. Nonetheless, policies are in place to unearth challenges that affect the performance of high school learners in science and mathematics subjects, one of the root causes of the skills gap. NUST plays its part by offering an Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (InSTEM) bridging course to students who wish to pursue engineering studies but do not meet the minimum requirements,” he said.
Irvine Simataa, the General Manager of Skorpion Zinc Mine, one of the faculty’s major partners, singled out areas where the expertise of academics is needed to improve the efficiency and productivity of mines. These, according to him, include exploration, mineral processing, safety and waste management.
Five research projects were presented during the course of the day: Sustainable Water and Energy Supply: An integrated Challenge and Opportunity; Essential Skills and Attributes of Graduate Engineers: The Case of Namibia; Development of Anthropometric Data for Ergonomic Engineering Design: Selected Cases in Namibia; and Geomagnetic Disturbance Monitoring and Modelling in Namibia.