By Confidente Reporter
O&L Leisure last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with both the University of Namibia (Unam) and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) which will see students in the hospitality and tourism sectors gain practical experience through internship at its facilities.
The host hotels will be the Strand Hotel Swakopmund, Mokuti Etosha Lodge, Midgard Country Estate and Chobe Water Villas.
O&L Leisure Managing Director, Terence Makari who was speaking at the signing ceremony said, “Through this internship agreements, which falls in line with the O&L Group purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’ and supports our commitment to education and development of our young people to complement the President’s Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), we contribute to unlocking talent that will be able to uphold and drive the future of, especially our hospitality and tourism sector. We are very passionate about growing not only people within the O&L Group, but society at large. It is our collective responsibility to invest in our people.”
In his remarks, Unam Pro-Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Professor Frednard Gideon, emphasised the importance of practical experience for students.
“I thank O&L for affording our students the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned. Through internships, our students are trained and prepared for the real world when they graduate. This relationship with O&L Leisure will certainly contribute to the building of valuable assets to the Namibian tourism sector – an industry that has the potential to grow even stronger, and contribute even further to the national coffers, and the Namibian economy at large,” explained Professor Gideon.
NUST Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic Affairs Dr. Andrew Niikondo added that the institution, focused on work-integrated platforms – the real work life, through which students gain first-hand experience.
The MoUs include an internship to develop practical skills, as well as assisting of students in their research projects in the quests to find solutions for current issues faced within the local tourism sector.
The agreements signed with NUST and Unam are perpetual in nature and do not have time duration. Should either one of the parties wish to withdraw/terminate the agreement, 12 months’ notice is required.
“We are keen on growing and strengthening our relationship with our Namibian tertiary institutions for years to come. We look forward to great partnerships and are confident that it will only bear fruits for our young and upcoming graduates,” concluded Makari.
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