The Graduate Survey will be conducted at NUST, UNAM and IUM while the Yearbook will contain statistics from all those institutions which have registered higher education programmes at Level Five or higher on the National Qualifications Framework.
According to Dr Kalumbi Shangula, Chairperson of the NCHE, the Graduate Survey will help to assess the employability and mobility of graduates. “Its results are beneficial to many stakeholders,” he said.
NUST Vice-Chancellor, Tjama Tjivikua, said both initiatives are another important step in consolidating critical data for decision making within Namibia’s higher education system as they set, for the first time post-independence, a baseline of how relevant Namibian academic programmes are and how effectively the national higher education system is performing. He pledged the cooperation of NUST in the surveys. “It is in our own interest and is also our responsibility to keep records of data and monitor our student performance not only during their studies, but also postgraduation. The data collected is of paramount importance to determine the quality of higher education and graduate throughput and employability,” Tjivikua said.
Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, said the importance of Statistics and their significance cannot be over emphasised as they are essential for planning. “Higher education statistics are not an end in themselves, but a means to an end of planning better regarding numbers, purposes and budgets,” Ndjoze-Ojo said. She added that the Ministry will ensure funding for training and skills development.
“We shall encourage and promote partnerships between training institutions and industry. The identification and implementation of various strategies to fast-track the development of new education and training programmes to meet identified occupational shortages is crucial, and this statistical data shall go a long way to assist,” the Deputy Minister said.