Top Unam student from the north

29 April 2016 | Local News

The University of Namibia (Unam) achieved another milestone after 559 students from four northern campuses graduated yesterday.
The ceremony, which was held at the Ongwediva trade fair centre in Oshana Region, did not just see hundreds of students graduate from various faculties but, the audience also witnessed the Best Overall Unam Student for 2015 being awarded the Chancellor’s Medal.
Auguste Petrus an Honours degree graduate in Clinical Nursing Science which is offered at the Oshakati Unam campus, received the Chancellor’s Medal after she obtained an average of 81.85% during her academic years. This is the first time in the history of Unam where a graduate from the northern campus receives the award. Vice-chancellor of Unam, Lazarus Hangula during his address said Unam is shifting its focus from having a lot of graduates to rather producing graduates with quality, capacity development and innovation skills. Hangula said the majority of the students who graduated obtained undergraduate degrees.
He also used the opportunity to say that Unam has become the preferred tertiary institution of students within Namibia and across the world to further their education.
“There is a whole army of brilliant and determined young people who are admiring Unam from the outside,” he said. Hangula called on students to graduate on time in the future.“I hope next year when we meet for another graduation we will report a higher throughput. We want more students than we are currently witnessing to graduate on time,” he said.
Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the event is not only an achievement to the graduates and their families, but for Unam as well. “We are celebrating the remarkable achievements not only for the graduating students and their families and friends, but also of Unam that successfully shaped the lives of the graduates and many others before them,” Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said. Kuugongelwa-Amadhila urged the graduates to use what they have learnt at Unam to better their lives.
She said that obtaining a qualification is the beginning of a journey.
“Graduation is the beginning and not the end. It signifies this university’s distinctive mission and ethos, and represents not only your coursework, but also what you have learnt outside the lecture hall,” she said.
She advised the graduates to keep learning, remember how much relationships matter and to work hard to make the world a better place.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila also talked on the issue of seeking employment telling graduates that it could be a frustrating exercise for many as employers seek candidates with experience on top of the academic qualifications.
KENYA KAMBOWE

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