The Minister opened the International Conference on Culture and Computer Science (ICCCS) co-hosted by NUST and the HTW Berlin University of Applied Science. The conference, held in Africa for the first time, addressed the role ICT can play in the promotion of cultural diversity and safeguarding Namibia’s cultural heritage for future generations. The Minister said both these issues are of paramount importance to the development of the Namibian nation.
Tweya said: “Accessibility by all and for all remains an important challenge using ICT for cultural content, creation, access and distribution and dialogues, and partnerships such as those between NUST and HTW Berlin allow for positive innovation models that are context specific.”
NUST Vice-Chancellor, Tjama Tjivikua, said the Institution has over the past years steered its activities, including teaching and learning, research, international partnerships and industry partnerships towards a successful transition to lead as a university in research, science, technology and innovation. “I am, therefore, happy that we are hosting the first ICCCS on African soil as it demonstrates that our combined efforts to become a leading and forward-looking university are bearing fruits,” Tjivikua said.
He added that in a country like Namibia, with its rich, albeit silent, cultural sites and magnificent flora and fauna, ICT can be a versatile tool to bring the country’s pre-historic past back to life.
“Culture is the cement between the bricks of a society and in Namibia we tend to forget our rich cultural background and the diversity of our people and our land. As we increasingly turn our back on our traditionalist past, ICT can bring this historical heritage back to life and form a bridge between our past and present experiences,” Tjivikua said.