Although the Agreement was still valid, the DIT President, Prof Peter Sperber, saw it befitting to renew the partnership because of the renaming of the Institution from Polytechnic of Namibia to NUST.
Recognising the benefit of educational and cultural exchanges, as well as study abroad programmes for the staff and students, the two institutions established a relationship for the purpose of deepening the understanding of scientific, technological, historical, social and economic issues.
One of the key benefits is that students are exempted from paying tuition fees excluding applicable registration and other relevant costs to the host Institution.
Furthermore, in order to promote professional development, exchange programs are also availed to staff who are afforded privileges customarily reserved for staff in residence, such as office space, library facilities and access to technology and resources.
However, a challenge faced by Namibian students visiting Germany for exchange programmes is the hefty cost of accommodation. While the Agreement does not obligate any of the parties to guarantee accommodation on campus, Sperber said that DIT would look into the matter. “We will find a way to ensure that Namibian students have free housing during their stay at our Institution. We are willing to strengthen our ties and explore other avenues to ensure the partnership is mutually beneficial,” Sperber said.
NUST has established partnerships with more than 100 universities globally, through signed memoranda of understanding.
Dr Tjama Tjivikua, the NUST Vice-Chancellor, welcomed the continuation of the partnership.