The scholarships were made available by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) that was established by the African Union in 2006. The LPI is supported by the German Government (through BMZ and GIZ) and the World Bank, to strengthen capacities for land governance in Africa. This is part of the BMZ special initiative “One World, No Hunger,” promoting responsible land use and improving access to land.
The scholarship programme aims to support established training centres, strengthen educational and training capacities and improve applied research in Africa focusing on land and governance. The Head of the DLPS, Charl-Thom Bayer, said the department will enroll four students in its Master’s and two students in its PhD programmes in 2017. The scholarships will provide a stipend, cover all tuition and registration and travelling costs where appropriate, as well as research and fieldwork costs.
“The MSc and PhD programmes are critical in ensuring that the human resources are developed in order to be able to meet the demand for the responsible governance and administration in our country,” Bayer said.
NUST is currently one of only three institutions in Africa and the only institution in Southern Africa that have been selected to host the scholarships.
“We welcome this opportunity to further establish ourselves as a regional leader in applied research and training in Land and Property Science and look forward to soon inviting applicants from Namibia and the region to participate in this exciting programme at NUST,” Bayer added.