Matengu plans major shake-up at Unam

07 August 2018 | Education

Unam vice-chancellor Kenneth Matengu has appointed a taskforce that will re-examine the restructuring report of 2015 and find the best way forward to realign Unam with the current economic environment and global trends.

In a circular yesterday, Matengu announced the team members. Frank Kavishe will serve as chairperson, Charmaine Villet as vice-chairperson, and the other members are Gilbert Likando, Reggy Izaks, Isaac Mapaure, Kauna Mufeti, Muree Tjiueza, Barbara van der Westhuizen and Charlene Klaase.

“The recent economic climate in the country has placed severe pressure on both operational and developmental objectives of the institution. Under these circumstances, Unam cannot continue to function, nor maintain the status quo,” Matengu said.





He added that the team will seek to understand and interpret the strategic and financial environment in which Unam operates, including analyses of strategic choices facing the university.

“They will also seek to review the current structure, identify inefficiencies and challenges and propose a sustainable academic and administrative structure.

“And to develop, consider and recommend to the VC new and or revised university structures to be implemented in a phase manner as well as to highlight policy, financial and strategic issued considered for implementation,” he said.

This announcement comes barely a week after Matengu had promised to transform the university into a sustainable international hub of higher education, training, research and innovation in less than 12 years.

In his maiden speech Matengu said he was committed to further aligning academics with the job market and would eventually call for a review of Unam's curricula.

He emphasised that his ultimate objective was to create a stronger, more cohesive university that would be ready to tackle complex 21st-century challenges.

JEMIMA BEUKES

Similar News

 

Katrina targets sex pests

3 days ago - 17 October 2018 | Education

A draft bill makes it compulsory for education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa to report those impregnating schoolgirls aged younger than 16 to the relevant authorities, while...

Kandjii-Murangi plays 'Game of Thrones' battle over COSDEF

1 week ago - 12 October 2018 | Education

The higher education ministry has launched a bid to remove former prime minister Nahas Angula as board chairperson of the Community Skills Development Foundation (COSDEF)...

Etheni iiyetwapo yandje - Nahas

1 week ago - 08 October 2018 | Education

Ominista yElongo lyOpombanda nOmadheulo, Itah Kandjii-Murangi, oshowo Omuprima minista nale Nahas Angula, oye na iita yopakana omolwa omananathano kombinga yomandiki gomadheulo gaakwashigwana taga ithanwa...

Hands off my baby - Nahas

2 weeks ago - 05 October 2018 | Education

Higher education and training minister, Itah Kandjii-Murangi, and former Prime Minister Nahas Angula are embroiled in a dispute over the country’s Community Skills Development Centres...

Matric exam chaos in Omusati

2 weeks ago - 05 October 2018 | Education

Omusati matric pupils were left in a panic yesterday, when they were unable to immediately write their physical science national examination papers, because of a...

The importance of Heritage Week

2 weeks ago - 02 October 2018 | Education

The Zone spoke to Nust students about Heritage Week, which took place from 17 to 23 September, its importance and how they keep it alive....

Living as best as we can

2 weeks ago - 02 October 2018 | Education

Michelline NawatisesDid they live happily ever after? They did not. No one ever does, in spite of what the stories may say. They had their...

The great dagga debate

2 weeks ago - 02 October 2018 | Education

Elizabeth Joseph With the legalisation of cannabis for home-use in South Africa, many young Namibians, who have over the years smoked marijuana, have mistakenly seen...

St. Andrew’s kry ’n sportveld

2 weeks ago - 02 October 2018 | Education

Michelline NawatisesPullquote: “Dit is inderdaad 'n trotse oomblik vir die skool.” – Davina van WykDie skool glo opvoeding is sonder sportaktiwiteite onvolledig. Die droom om...

Jongmense se wêreld geskud

2 weeks ago - 02 October 2018 | Education

Michelline NawatisesOnder leiding van sprekers is die volgende temas bespreek: Jou stem in die pers, ontwrigtings, die geskarrel vir data, die krag van handelsmerke en...

Latest News

Nail errant nurses - Haufiku

1 day - 19 October 2018 | Health

Health ministry permanent secretary Ben Nangombe has issued a directive that no nurses may use their cellphones while on duty, and that no health facilities...

No peace for Cheryl's family

1 day - 19 October 2018 | Crime

The police are still working around the clock to catch the killer, or killers, of nine-year-old Cheryl Avihe Ujaha although there has been a lack...

Recruiting the best staff

1 day - 19 October 2018 | Supplements

Below are some tips for employers on how to go about this often arduous task.Improve your candidate poolCompanies that select new employees from the candidates...

Taking Namfisa to new and...

1 day - 19 October 2018 | Supplements

Octavia Tsibes As the deputy CEO of prudential supervision at the Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (Namfisa), Erna Motinga is responsible for strengthening its supervisory...

Our dismal public healthcare

1 day - 19 October 2018 | Columns

There appears to be no end in sight to the many and deep-seated problems at the heart of Namibia's public healthcare sector. It goes without...

A vivacious young woman

1 day - 19 October 2018 | Supplements

Born and raised in a small village called Kayira-yira, situated eight kilometres west of Rundu, Zonia worked very hard throughout her school years and moved...

Improving sustainability through change

1 day - 19 October 2018 | Supplements

Justicia Shipena Her key role is to help Namport deliver sustainable performance improvement by utilising people. Futher focusing on how change can influence, which includes...

Airport downgrade a major threat

1 day - 19 October 2018 | Transport

Analysts believe that if Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) is downgraded by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), it would lead to massive job losses,...

'Arrogant' Utoni under fire

1 day - 19 October 2018 | Government

Land reform minister Utoni Nujoma has been described as crude, dismissive and arrogant when it comes to dealing with the media.These were the sentiments of...

Load More