Maritime studies at Nust
31 October 2017 | Education
A partnership between the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust), the Satakuntta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) and the Namibia Marine and Fisheries Institute (NIMFI) will see the development of a degree programme in Maritime studies at Nust.
While speaking at the joint Maribilis project launch, Dr.Tjama Tjivikua, the Vice Chancellor of Nust says that the Nust senate approved the development of the Marine Engineering programme as a double degree in partnership with SAMK.
He said that it has always been the universities dream to develop maritime education and training since 2011. “Consultations had been held in 2011 with the management of the Namibia Marine and Fisheries Institute. Preliminary outcomes of the study and consultations revealed the need, not only for training of marine engineers, but for the entire maritime sector,” he says.
This is not the first time the organisations are partnering together; they also did partnered in 2013 on their first project for the maritme project titled “Improving the Maritime Education of Namibia”. The Finnish government funded more than €400 000 towards the Maribilis project in 2013.
Tjivikua said that the Maribilis project is focused on the future of maritime education and training in Namibia.
He says Nust has been championing for the establishment of an institution or college that would oversee the training and education of maritime studies in the country. “Nust has since 2015 made a presentation proposing the establishment of one strong maritime college where different players would offer different aspects of maritime education and training,” he said.
John Hatutale, an engineering student at Nust who was present at the launch says that the maritime degree programme would make Nust students competitive and resourceful. “Our students will not have to travel outside the country to study for maritime sciences because they can do it at home. This means that there will not be any brain drain for our country,” he shares.