Unam caps 4 400 graduates

FINALLY … University of Namibia graduates after their graduation ceremony concluded at the Mercure Hotel on Wednesday. Photo: Feni Hiveluah

About 4 400 students were capped at the University of Namibia (Unam) graduation ceremony on Wednesday.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, higher education, technology and innovation minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi lauded the granduants for their commitment.

Among the graduands were 12 master’s degree candidates from the Faculty of Education and Human Sciences.

“Postgraduate qualifications are essential to build capacity for knowledge creation and critical skills development that will propel Namibia to the new era of advanced development, characterised by new skills for the future workforce,” said Kandjii-Murangi.

She highlighted that the education system depends on knowledge, skills and expertise in various disciplines to determine the kind of pupils that will access higher education, from the quality imperative perspective.

“In today’s rapidly changing world, the knowledge and skills required to be relevant, transcends far beyond traditional boundaries of education to embrace technological advancement, innovation and creativity, to adapt to change and transformation,” Kandjii-Murangi said.

The minister encouraged graduates to seize opportunities that come with the acquisition of a university qualification and further emphasised that Namibia is a resource-rich country, however, it requires a well-educated and skilled workforce to harness these endowments.

Speaking on the same platform, acting chancellor Kenneth Matengu said higher education serves as the cornerstone of societal progress and plays a crucial role in shaping the future of individuals, communities and nations.

“As chancellor of the University of Namibia, I am proud to underscore the significance of our institution in this pursuit of knowledge and progress.”

According to Matengu, the School of Education is instrumental in shaping the future of education and nurturing the next generation of leaders, innovators and changemakers.

He emphasised that every journey starts with education and referred to it as the “mother of all professions”.

Moral Tjizo, a bachelor of arts in clinical psychology graduate, said she was excited about her journey and that her effort paid off.

“I feel good. I have suffered for four years and now I finally have my degree to show for it,” Tjizo said.

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