Lazarus Jacobs, the co-founder of Paragon Investment Holdings was the guest speaker. Jacobs motivated the students to take advantage of the knowledge economy and find innovative ways of creating employment.
“The income disparity in our country is too big and the only way we can overcome that is by taking advantage of the knowledge economy. Ask yourself, how do I take advantage of the knowledge I have acquired at this Institution to make a difference in Namibia?” he said. Furthermore, Jacobs encouraged the beneficiaries to use the awards they received as a stepping stone to greater heights in their studies and ultimately their careers.
Jacobs’ career is in itself an inspiration to many. He is a well-known Namibian media personality, published writer and sought after public speaker and has more than 10 years experience in marketing, advertising, radio and television production.
Highlights of the ceremony included the presentation of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award, an accolade given to the best overall performing student. This was awarded to Daniella Mouton, who also claimed the title of Best Student Researcher in the Department of Health Sciences.
The NUST Vice-Chancellor, Dr Tjama Tjivikua addressed the students. “There are many runners in the race and normally the first, second and third get the recognition. But nevertheless, we say excellence is a spirit, if you fall behind here and there, this does not mean you are a failure. Get up and try again. Your aim should always to be number one,” he said.
More than 40 corporates and businesses sponsored the prizes this year.