BORN and bred in the Ohangwena region, into a family of nine siblings, Vilho Kindjeni-Inamusholola decided to take his education to a higher level, against all odds, by exploring the field of water engineering.
Vilho took the opportunity to obtain his Master’s Degree in Water Engineering, by obtaining a scholarship offered by the Russian and Namibian governments through the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF).
“I successfully passed the entry assessment and was awarded an opportunity to study water engineering at the Moscow State University of Environmental Engineering. I specialised in engineering systems for water supply, sanitation and irrigation,” Vilho said.
After gaining exposure in the Namibian water supply at Namwater and City of Windhoek, during an internship program, Vilho was amongst the first group that presented and defended his thesis work and was presented with a distinction for his efforts.
“My thesis focused mainly on improving water supply in Namibia, specifically in the Ohangwena region.”
Asked why he opted to pursue his education in the water engineering field, Vilho was quick to emphasise his interest in the field, from a young age.
“I have always asked myself questions related to the water and civil engineering; how we can collect and store up the huge quantities of surface water in the ephemeral rivers, the safety and health precautions related to the river water and harvesting periods in the villages. These are some of the aspects that led the interest in the field.” The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund assisted Vilho throughout his studies in Moscow.
“I received a monthly allowance from the government fund that I used for toiletries, clothes and study materials. NSFAF was also responsible for funding my flight tickets and medical insurance. I had no financial issues under the financial assistance from the fund,” he said. Vilho wishes to change the transferring of skills formula within the Namibian engineering sector, as he sees a shortfall in proactive plans to train graduate engineers.
“It saddens me when I hear of engineering graduates who are unemployed and lack basic practical knowledge in the field. What’s more distressing are the vacancies advertised, searching for people with three to five years’ work experience in the engineering field and that they should be registered as a professional engineer with the Engineering Council of Namibia. After studying five to six years in the field, why won’t entities take the initiative of training graduates and produce qualified personnel? We can learn a lot from the Russian Federation within the water engineering field, by considering training from their expertise.” Vilho aspires to expand his research skills and obtain his PhD in Water Engineering. Should you wish to get in touch with Vilho and find out more about his program of study, send an email to melihaivinga@ gmail.com.
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