MTC and the Namibia University of Science and Technology on Thursday launched the High-Tech Transfer Plaza Select (HTTPS), worth N$164 million.
HTTPS is a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art facility that is well-positioned to foster an immersive engagement in physical and virtual space for open, accelerated innovation.
The NUST MTC HTTPS offers a unique environment for businesses, including start-ups, to increase their appetite for the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) – but at the same time, it mitigates the risks associated with the disruptive nature of 4IR.
Erold Naomab, NUST vice chancellor, said this is vital for local and regional impact as well as global recognition.
“What is distinctively different about the HTTPS are the size, the intensity and scale at which technology transfer will happen. Therefore, HTTPS is not an office nor a building but it is an ecosystem that brings various technology actors together, irrespective of size or the type of sector,” shared Naomab.
He said: “The HTTPS will enable the university to increase its offerings at the postgraduate level. Our first step in this direction is our commitment to the establishment of the Integrated Water Resources Management Graduate School Programme in partnership with the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to the value of N$40 million”.
The majority of these multidisciplinary projects are in collaboration with the faculties of Computing and Informatics; Health and Applied Sciences as well as and Engineering, respectively.
They range from emerging and disruptive technologies; ubiquitous and pervasive computing; cybersecurity and forensics to software development.
MTC’s Licky Erastus said the internet of things, 5G, AI, automation and big data analytics are some of the technologies transforming the future of human interaction, disrupting global business networks and presenting exciting opportunities and challenges.
“The centre will house some incubator initiatives that until now have been scattered across Namibia. Through virtual and physical collaboration platforms, the plaza becomes a consolidated point of contact for some of Namibia’s sharpest and brightest minds to cross-pollinate ideas with local and visiting scholars, researchers, industry experts and ICT stakeholders,” stated Erastus.
He said the idea is to bring participants from all sectors to provide thought leadership and produce white papers around cutting edge technologies such as 5G.
During the launch, Thomas Kirsch, country director of the German development agency, GIZ Namibia, said the allocation of 12 integrated experts over the years, with a total work input of almost 60 expert years, formed the backbone of this cooperation.
“These integrated experts/advisors have been financed through funding from the German ministry for economic cooperation and development, and their main objective was to ensure a multi-level capacity development approach at NUST,” stated Kirsch.