This year the event was held under the theme, “Excellence in Health and Applied Science in the 21st Century.”
Dr Andrew Niikondo, Vice-Rector for Research and Academic Affairs, during the official opening emphasised the importance that the Poly places on research. “According to the Poly’s Fourth Strategic Plan (PSP4), one of the aims of the University of Science and Technology is to contribute to the creation and advancement of knowledge through research and scientific investigation,” Niikondo said.
He said this is an obvious indication that research not only occupies top priority at the Poly, but that it is one of the institution’s core mandates. The Dean of the School of Health and Applied Sciences, Prof Sylvester Moyo, said that research is the backbone of teaching and that it pushes the barriers of knowledge. He announced that the faculty’s research output had increased considerably since the hosting of its first Research Day in 2012.
The Research Day involved public lectures by renowned academics from outside Namibia as well as presentations by academics from the Poly, and a display of research posters made by students in the faculty. The School of Health and Applied Sciences rewarded the Best Poster Presentation with an award to Priscilla Salkeus, a fourth-year Biomedical Sciences student.