As a means to honour postgraduates who contributed towards the development of Namibia through research and technology, the University of Namibia (Unam) hosted a Youth in Research and Technology exhibition recently in Windhoek.
Higher education minister Itah Kandji-Murangi at the event emphasised the importance of involving the youth in research, as this encourages and allows them to learn more about issues that interest and influence them to make positive changes in society.
“It is highly commendable for institutions like Unam, with the encouragement of their stakeholders in the information and communication technology (ICT) fraternity to support our youth to engage in research on issues of their interest,” she said.
Kandji-Murangi applauded Unam, Salt Essential Information Technology, Complete Enterprise Solutions and Green Enterprise Solutions for initiating the event.
Unam vice chancellor Kenneth Matengu also advocated for the youth to be more involved in research and technology, so that their meaningful contributions can successfully reap the benefits of the fourth industrial revolution.
Unam’s pro-vice-chancellor for innovation and development Anicia Peters explained that Unam, as an institution of higher learning, is moving towards being locally relevant.
“It is an engaged, research-based university where research as a topic is integrated into its teaching and learning curriculum, innovation and entrepreneurship pursuits whilst using technology as an enabler,” she said.
Also speaking at the event, Sonja Coetzer, managing director of Salt Essential Information Technology, remarked that young people are behind the magic that is happening in the world.
Various researchers were invited to share their research journeys as well as motivating and inspiring other researchers to keep their passion and continue working towards the development of the country through research.
Unam exhibited several of its innovative products and research output created by students.
The event will become an annual exhibition.