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16 ADVERT Friday, June 30 2017 | NEW ERA Official Weekly Communique of the University of Namibia - Volume 21 UNIC AGREES TO INTERN UNAM STUDENTS Students in the fields of political studies, library science, records and archives, information technology and media as well as communications studies will benefit from internship opportunities as a result a partnership agreement between the University of Namibia (UNAM) and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC). The joint internship letter of agreement was recently signed by Professor Lazarus Hangula, UNAM’s Vice-Chancellor and Ms Anthea Basson, National Information Officer and Head of UNIC Windhoek. Underlining the importance of this agreement, Professor Hangula emphasised that work experience are essential to student’s employability at graduation. He said. “Most companies expect graduates to have some level of experience, even with entry-level positions. An internship provides the all-important “experience” all students’ need.” At the signing ceremony, Basson highlighted the connection between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 ambitious goals that aim at eradicating poverty, promoting peace and protecting the environment, and the internship programme. She said, “SDG 4 ‘Quality Education’ specifically aims at providing inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels. As education expands beyond the curriculum and the lecture-hall, workintegrated learning, such as UNIC Windhoek’s internship programme is pertinent in grooming professionals.” She continued, highlighting the valuable partnership between the UNIC Windhoek and UNAM, “We are ready to join hands with the University of Namibia to provide first-hand exposure of working in an international environment, allowing UNAM students to harness the skills, knowledge, and theoretical practice they learnt in university.” One of UNIC Windhoek’s current interns, a UNAM graduate in political studies, Tom Edison Shilongo finds his internship at UNIC professionally elevating. He shared that, “your level of professionalism elevates with every minute spent here. One learns how to plan effectively, draft and write articles, take minutes accordingly, conduct projects and most importantly communicate as a team.” The agreement is in place for five (5) years with a renewal options based on mutual interest. MAHANGU INSTANT PORRIDGE A REALITY Researchers at the University of Namibia (UNAM) Multidisciplinary Research Center (MRC) are beating the odds to have the Mahangu Instant Porridge on the breakfast menu of Namibian populace a reality. MRC, through research collaboration with the Department of Food Science & Technology in the Faculty of Agriculture & Natural Resources, has demonstrated the science, technology and manufacturing flow processes of developing high value and quality, ready-to-eat, gluten-free instant mahangu porridge. Mahangu, also known as pearl millet, is a subsistence rain fed cereal crop which is the main staple food for majority of the Namibian population. The MRC is an academic research centre at UNAM, which promotes and conducts applied research for expansion of new knowledge, discovery of new knowledge and to inform actions to socio-economic and scientific challenges. Dr Komeine Nantanga, a Senior lecturer at the Department of Food Science and Technology and contributor to the development of the instant porridge, explained that, “intelligent mixing of Mahangu and cowpeas (Omakunde) resulted in this ready-to-eat porridge which is rich in protein and minerals while it is gluten-free.” According to Prof Nelago Indongo, the director of MRC, UNAM is built on three pillars, namely teaching and learning, research and community service and at MRC, research is the core business. “A university without teaching and learning or without research does not suffice to be called as such, hence the significance of Faculties and Research Centres, to ensure that teaching and learning and research are equally promoted”, she emphasised. The Centre is to engage relevant authorities to standardise this product, before it is considered for commercial purposes. MRC has made a number of other remarkable improvements in terms of increasing research outputs, capacity building and staff development. For instance, another ongoing collaboration between the Centre and Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry as well as Food Science & Technology at UNAM, is adding value to Mopane worms which can be developed into a nutritious soup” highlighted Prof. Indongo. A number of value-added prototypes produced using known quality of raw materials and controlled flow processes will be on display at the Multi/Interdisciplinary Research Conference, 26 – 28 July. *Article by Absalom T. Haitembu. Haitembu is a media intern at the Communications & Marketing Department STATISTICAL TRAINING PROGRAMME BOOST CONFIDENCE Twenty (20) delegates, including staff and postgraduate students from the University of Namibia and Namibia University of Science and Technology, came together for an introductory course in statistical programming using R: an enterprise-ready, open source free software. The course, called “learnR”, was organised by the Department of Statistics and Population Studies at UNAM and the Phoenix Project. The Phoenix project is a collaboration between UNAM and Cardiff University (CU). The course covered topics including: an introduction to R and R-Studio, importing and manipulating data, graphical analysis, generalized linear modelling, geo-mapping, time series analysis, package creation, report generation and scientific writing, good coding practice and collaborative working with R. Dr Lilian Pazvakawambwa, lecturer in the Department said, “the learners’ progression and the training feedback indicates improved R confidence following our course. We are very optimistic that this is just the start of what UNAM and Cardiff University can achieve together.” LearnR Participants

NEW ERA Namibia has never been downgraded: Steytler Page 18 INSIDE BUSINESS This news is your business FNB Namibia celebrates 100 years of banking Staff Reporter Windhoek FNB Namibia is celebrating 100 years of operating in the country, starting with the day Today the banking group employs more than 2,200 55 branches and agencies throughout Namibia, “It is with great pride that we celebrate 110 years in our beautiful country and look back at a years, making it the biggest listed entity on the Since the inception of eWallet, FNB Namibia has a base of 1, 2 million ‘Wallets’ (accounts) and customers the capability to remotely open accounts cell phones, while transacting through 120 agents’ Further, the FNB Namibia Holdings Foundation A visit from the King of governance It regards Social Corporate Responsibility as He spoke of how business leaders of the modern world need to take note that the interaction between people, technology, capital, and networks Merkel warns against protectionism, isolationism …ahead of G20 summit German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Thursday against protectionism and isolationism at a time when the world faces global challenges such as climate change and the “Those who think that the problems of this world can or protectionism are terribly parliament ahead of the July She acknowledged that Germany, there are anti- “But protectionism isn’t that at the G20 summit in the northern city of Hamburg, Germany’s biggest port, she would be seeking a “clear signal for open markets and against Merkel’s stance on trade sets her on a collision course with US President Donald Trump, who has championed and whose administration refused to sign up to an antiprotectionist pledge at a G20 – Nampa/AFP

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