By Eliaser Ndeyanale
AFTER several tumultuous years of troubled management the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) has appointed Professor Peter Katjavivi as its first Chancellor.
At the University’s second graduation on Friday, Katjavivi, who is also the Speaker of Parliament, was installed in front of 900 graduates, academic staff and numerous dignitaries, including Higher Education Minister Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi.
In previous years, NUST had been surrounded by a number of controversies such as claims of mismanagement of funds and favouritism at the institution and the disbandment of the institution’s governing council in mid- August last year by Kandjii- Murangi.
In his speech Katjavivi who is the founding Vice-Chancellor of the University of Namibia (UNAM) said that NUST was making a good name for itself and was becoming a developmental force for Namibia.
”I have no doubt that under my leadership as Chancellor, together with the Vice- Chancellor and council and supported by all stakeholders, we should be able to build NUST into a relevant and responsive university of the 21st century,” he said.
Katjavivi attended St Antony’s College of Oxford University and has extensive experience in the education, economic and political sectors.
He also served as Namibia’s ambassador to Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and other states; and as Director- General of the National Planning Commission before he returned to Parliament in 2010.
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