Unam hosts virtual graduation

On 23 July, graduates scattered across the country, in the virtual presence of the University’s chancellor, were conferred in the comfort of their homes. Among these was the first cohort of veterinary doctors to be trained in Namibia.

28 July 2020 | Education

Ester Kamati

The first cohort of Namibian-trained veterinary doctors, 17 in total, became the first group to graduate virtually from the University of Namibia last Friday.

“I have faith that you will all utilise your education, talents and skills to the betterment of humanity. Be bold, yet humble enough to learn from your engagements with others,” said the university’s chancellor, Nangolo Mbumba. Mbumba added that being the pioneer group of students is not easy and appreciated the group for their contribution.

Hard work and sacrifices

Anna Marais, the associate dean of the school of veterinary medicine, advised the graduates that their hard work and sacrifices can and will not end now as they are required to deliver their unique gifts and talents to the country.

“Today, you are ready to be veterinary doctors and make your contribution. Please remember that every accomplishment is a result of taking action.”

Marais expressed pride in the accomplishments of the first graduates from the young school.

Real people, real accomplishments

“Although this ceremony is virtual, we celebrate real people, and real accomplishments,” said the vice chancellor of the university, Kenneth Matengu, in his welcoming remarks.

He added that the Covid-19 pandemic has, among other things, impacted the job security of many during these times, but encouraged students to remain steadfast in their education, adding that graduates should not feel that this is the worst time to graduate as “education is the best weapon”.

He further urged Namibians to “demonstrate competence, resilient character and a high degree of creativity.”

Create employment

Graduates were encouraged not to focus on finding employment, but rather to become employment creators.

“This is the time to rather think of teaming up with the best classmates you have while you still have their contact details,” he said, encouraging students to partner and establish their own ventures such as an online newspaper for media graduates.

“It will cost you something, but not much, except time.”

Matengu emphasised that being a graduate does not mean keeping skills to oneself, but rather using these to impact the economy and society.

Impacting the world

During the virtual graduation, Unam alumnae who graduated in previous years shared their stories of how they are impacting the world through the work they do in their various fields of expertise.

Mbumba said this year’s graduation is no small occasion, sharing that from a total of 4 452 graduates, 3 012 are women.

Only about 200 graduates are from the science fraternity, which Mbumba said is a cause for concern.

This year, from the main campus, a total of 2 030 students graduated, of which 66% are women.

Rundu campus graduated 460 graduates, of which 56% are women, while 64 graduated at the Ogongo campus, 158 at the southern campus, 12 at Sam Nujoma campus, 363 at Katima Mulilo campus, 305 at Khomasdal campus, 224 at Oshakati campus, 37 at Jose Eduardo Dos Santos campus, 53 at Neudamm campus, 476 at Hifikepunye Pohamba campus and 100 at Hage Geingob campus.

Similar News


The power of books

6 hours ago | Education

The Readathon is a week-long program of reading activities, organised by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, through the Directorate Namibia Library and Archives...

Government to send toiletries to Cuba

22 hours ago | Education

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKThe health ministry has announced that parcels containing toiletries for medical students in Cuba will be sent from Namibia tomorrow.In a statement issued yesterday,...

Learner tests positive for Covid-19

1 day - 16 September 2020 | Education

A learner tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the Namib High School in Swakopmund on Monday. This was confirmed by Namib High School principal...

N$6m needed to send student care packages to Cuba

2 days ago - 15 September 2020 | Education

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKThe health ministry says it will cost the government close to N$6 million to charter a commercial plane to courier toiletries to Namibian medical...

Assistance for !Nara Primary

2 days ago - 15 September 2020 | Education

Leandrea Louw WALVIS BAY!Nara Primary School in Kuisebmond received a large donation from the Hungry Lion group and Tunacor Fisheries group. The donation...

Bidding adieu to Mrs Joseph

2 days ago - 15 September 2020 | Education

Ututjinda Kavendjaa On 27 August, Academia Secondary School said farewell to one of our teachers. The retirement celebration for Mrs Joseph was melancholic as she...

Endings are inevitable

2 days ago - 15 September 2020 | Education

Uahekununa Kahiha Every good thing has to come to an end in order for greater things to take place.It has been a true honour...

The symbol of success

2 days ago - 15 September 2020 | Education

Camilla Amadhila The project was started by Mrs Hess in 2010 as a tradition for the school to maintain. The five grade 12 classes had...

Levelling up

2 days ago - 15 September 2020 | Education

Uahekununa KahihaThe Demian Times newspaper team has reached a milestone with the establishment of social media platforms for the newspaper. In June 2020, an Instagram...

Walvis Bay Private High School principal bids farewell

2 days ago - 15 September 2020 | Education

Leandrea Louw WALVIS BAYWalvis Bay Private High School (WBPHS) said farewell to their long-serving principal Estelle Eigelaar on 31 August. Eigelaar retired...

Latest News

Ohorongo and Support e.V. not...

5 hours ago | Health

While the Covid-19 virus caused turmoil all over the world, Ohorongo’s partner in health, Support e.V. Ulm did not let the pandemic deter it from...

The power of books

6 hours ago | Education

The Readathon is a week-long program of reading activities, organised by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, through the Directorate Namibia Library and Archives...

Oryx suffers loss in 2020...

11 hours ago | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – Locally-listed Oryx Properties reported a loss of more than N$88 million for its financial year ended 30 June 2020, compared to a...

Beverages industry punch drunk

22 hours ago | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – With Covid-19 measures ravaging production and export earnings of the entire beverages industry in the country, investors should expect no fizz in...

Indiscriminate Covid-19 robs Namibia

22 hours ago | Health

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKAs the Covid-19 pandemic is ripping through the country, it has swept through all classes of society, claiming the lives of eminent persons and...

Robbers rape girl while mother...

22 hours ago | Crime

DENVER KISTINGWINDHOEKThe Namibian police are in pursuit of two unidentified men who raped a 12-year-old girl in front of her mother and eight-year-old sister on...

'Worried' Swapo says Zimbabwe can...

22 hours ago | International

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKSwapo says it is 'worried' about the deteriorating human rights situation in Zimbabwe, punctuated by an increasing crackdown on protests and arrests of journalists,...

Government support business sector

22 hours ago | Economics

Government has paid out N$ 3.8 billion for outstanding invoices and value-added tax in support of the business sector including small and medium enterprises (SMEs)...

Whk informal settlements don’t have...

22 hours ago | Economics

Windhoek mayor Fransina Kahungu said unplanned informal settlements in Windhoek will be declared reception areas that will be decongested in order to reduce the spread...

Load More