The event was opened by the Deputy Vice-chancellor: Academic Affairs, Dr Andrew Niikondo, who said the theme is very relevant as it is in line with the NUST institutional theme for the 2016 academic year: “Sustainable Innovation.”
“One of the aims of NUST is to contribute to knowledge creation and advance knowledge through research and scientific investigation with an emphasis on applied research, including multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research,” Niikondo said.
He commended the Faculty’s progress towards achieving excellence in health and applied research. He said NUST is a responsive university that creatively meets the needs of students, society and the economy through multiple pathways for excellent education, applied research, innovation and service in collaboration with stakeholders.
Niikondo said the Faculty’s theme reflects the importance of research to NUST, especially research that responds to the needs of the nation, and added that outcomes of these research activities are expected to contribute to the scientific and technological development of Namibia.
The Dean of the Faculty, Prof Sehaam Khan, said she appreciated the opportunity for staging a Research Day because it allows the Faculty to showcase its research. “I’m excited about the event because it also gives me the chance to see what research is conducted in the Faculty,” she said.
The event included a number of plenary lectures while staff and students in the Faculty presented their research findings through presentations and posters. Further interest was added by about six laboratory suppliers, including one from South Africa, that presented their new technology together with services they offered. The Biomedical Sciences Programme depicted the importance of HIV testing in a stand in the exhibition hall.