Last week delegates from Russia’s National University of Science and Technology (MiSiS) and National Research University Moscow Power Engineering Institute visited the Rector, Tjama Tjivikua, with a proposal to collaborate in joint Master programmes primarily in the fields of Engineering, Mining and Information Technology.
The delegation, which was accompanied by Counsellor Vadim Klyuev from the Russian Embassy in Windhoek, consisted of Dr Nikolay Krivolapov, Deputy Head of Division of International Affairs, Dr Masamba Kan from MiSiS, and Yulia Marishkina from the National Research University. Members of the delegation proposed that collaborations could take the form of dual degree offerings-joint Master degrees, and staff development opportunities.
Prof Tjivikua assured the Russian visitors that the Poly is always open to opportunities for cooperation and that the Department of International Relations, in collaboration with the respective Poly Deans, would compile a collaborative proposal to be implemented in response to the proposal by the delegation.
In addition to visiting the Poly, the delegation also hosted an Olympiad, titled, “It Is Time To Study in Russia,” to a group of some of the most gifted Grade 12 high school learners in Namibia. The objectives of the Olympiad are to increase interest in Russian education and to award the winners with full tuition scholarships that will enable them to pursue technical degree programmes at any one of the Russian universities that are members of the consortium. These include universities such as the popular St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Novosibirsk State Medical University, National Research University of Electronic Technology, Moscow Technology University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Tech-nology, Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics and Educational Research & Consulting Centre.
Counsellor Klyuev informed the Rector that there are more than 700 Namibians currently studying at Russian universities under various scholarship schemes in the framework of an Agreement on Cooperation in Education signed in 2010 between the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and Namibia’s Ministry of Education.