Staff member honoured for conservation efforts

Retired Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Tourism and part-time lecturer at NUST, Dr Willem Jankowitz, is the 2015 Cheetah Conservation Educator of the Year. He received the Award from the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) at the organisation’s 18th Annual Fundraising Gala Dinner.

From left: Dr Chris Brown, 2016 Cheetah Conservationist of the Year; Honourable Professor Peter Katjavivi, Speaker of the National Assembly and CCF’s International Patron; Dr Peggy Oti-Boateng, Coordinator for the African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions, (ANSTI); Dr Willem Jankowitz, 2016 Cheetah Educator of the Year; Johnson Ndokosho, Deputy Director for Parks and Wildlife, Ministry of Environment and Tourism and Dr Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of Cheetah Conservation Fund.Namibia reportedly has the largest cheetah population pegged at over 3 500, a number which is said to be on the rise because of ongoing conservation efforts. During the Gala Dinner, various people received awards for the work that they have done and continue to do towards saving the cheetah community. CCF has worked closely with NUST through the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Tourism Departments, training over 100 student interns in conservation projects in the past 15 years. 

Jankowitz said: “The CCF is our valued training partner and has been accommodating our students doing their practical training and I am humbled by this recognition.” Jankowitz studied at the University of the Free State where he finished a Masters in Plant Geography and a PhD in Plant Ecology. “He has done tremendous work over the years and we appreciate all his hard work in getting our students to fully understand plant ecology. He has also been instrumental in forging the strong partnerships we have with industry,” says the Head of the Geo-Spatial Sciences and Technology Department, Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences, Celeste Espach who also attended the event. 

Jankowitz started lecturing at the Academy in 1990, which later became the Polytechnic of Namibia, and subsequently transformed to NUST. 

The Vice-Chancellor, Tjama Tjivikua, is a former recipient of the Award and in 2014 he was appointed to serve on the CCF Board.

Date: 
Friday, July 22, 2016
for Month: 
July, 2016

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