High-flyer soars higher

From a dreamer to an overachiever, with more accomplishments on the way.

07 December 2018 | Supplements

Elizabeth Joseph

Gilbert ||Hoabeb was born in Windhoek and raised in the suburb of Katutura and holds a certificate in business management and a B.Com degree.

He is also currently busy with his masters, with only his dissertation outstanding.

He is the faculty officer at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in the management department under the faculty of management sciences.

As the faculty officer, he represents the registrar and works closely with the dean, heads of department, lecturers and other academic and administrative staff.

“My portfolio is empowered to direct, control, coordinate and to advise the dean, heads of department and the lecturers. My experience allows me to provide wide-ranging administrative support within the faculty, including supporting and contributing to the effective delivery of the Office of the Registrar’s procedures and processes.

“As the representative of the registrar in the faculty, I am also the custodian of the university’s statutes and rules; I implement the rules and regulations and ensure compliance or enforcement at faculty and departmental level,” ||Hoabeb said.

Although every day in the office is not the same, ||Hoabeb says there are several procedures to stick to, in order to make sure that the day goes as smoothly as possible.

||Hoabeb initially started at a South African-based private tertiary institution and this where his love and pure desire for the education sector and children started.

“I love working with people and at Nust I get to meet people from all corners of our beautiful continent. I don’t think I would want to trade places with another career than what I have now.”

Obstacles and victories

||Hoabeb says his duties has challenges and frustrations, but he never lets the negatives dictate who he is professionally. “What I can tell you is that the satisfaction always outweighs the challenges.

“In the words of Menachem Begin, ‘Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of a just cause, the triumph of truth’,” ||Hoabeb said.

The future

||Hoabeb has many goals and plans for the future and among these is to complete his masters’ degree in business management. He also wants to pursue and further a career in lecturing, and says he will do this on a part-time basis.

“Also, a PhD is not far away, it has my name on it already.”

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