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6 ADVERTS Friday, December 1 2017| NEW ERA UNAM AND UNDP SHARE RESEARCH INTERESTS The University of Namibia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Namibia, recently entered into a partnership agreement to cooperate in the fields of research, publication of research results, curriculum and staff development, organisation of conferences, seminars and workshops. UNAM and the UNDP share research interests in the areas of poverty reduction, inequality, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The parties are willing to support each other in their efforts to make UNAM a Centre of Excellence in areas of mutual interest and in specific fields of expertise at UNAM. Delivering his remarks at the signing ceremony, UNAM Vice Chancellor, Professor Lazarus Hangula, said: “This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is significant in two ways. Firstly, it is the first one in which UNAM and UNDP agree to focus cooperation on global issues with the intent to deliver local solutions. Secondly, our MoU is informed by UNAM’s commitment to respond to Namibia’s development challenges and those beyond her borders.” He added: “We are very pleased that UNDP is considering Research Chairs in areas that are pivotal for our common goals and priority thematic research focus.” United Nations (UN) Resident Official Weekly Communique of the University of Namibia - Volume 40 Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Namibia, Ms Kiki Gbeho, said: “We are happy to be part of this partnership with the University of Namibia. Together, we want to engage each other in generating and providing evidence for policy and law-making.” The agreement will also allow for student placement on internships at UNDP and where possible, with other UN Agency offices in the country, as well as public lecture series on pertinent development issues at the UN HOUSE and UNAM campuses, including those outside Windhoek. RE-IMAGINING & RE-THINKING HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY A first of its kind public lecture was recently held at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) on the importance of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in Namibia. The lecture was hosted by the Namibian Open Learning Network Trust (NOLNet). The public lecture was presented by Dr Delvaline Möwes, Director of the Centre for Open and Lifelong Learning (COLL) at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. Among the participants that attended the lecture were the leaders and staff from ODL Centres and Institutions such as the Centre for Open, Distance and eLearning (CODeL) at UNAM, the Namibia College of Open Learning (NAMCOL), COLL, Department of Lifelong Learning and Community Education at UNAM, as well as other lecturers from various Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Namibia. The lecture was titled “Re-Imagining Higher Education in the 21st Century: Towards New Models in Open and Distance Learning”. Dr Möwes focused on how Higher Education Institutions should re-imagine and re-think how to respond to the ever changing educational landscape and the learning needs in the 21st Century. She emphasised the need for education to develop 21st Century skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. Dr Möwes stated that: “Many governments have adopted ODL to reach the unreached. Never before in history has ODL been so vital to the economic and social development of countries. And never before have opportunities to reach so many students been so abundant and so possible.” But to take advantage of these opportunities, she suggested that ODL practitioners should ask different questions in order to arrive at new answers. Thus, instead of asking “How do we deliver our services to those we are trying to serve?”, she suggested that we rather ask “How should we deliver our services to those that we are trying to serve?” Attendants of the lecture were impressed with its focus, relevance and delivery. “I learned a lot of things we can implement at our Centre. We need more public lectures of this nature focusing on different aspects of ODL”, said the Deputy Director for ODL at CODeL, Ms Anna-Marie Schaller- Nangolo. From Left to Right, Deputy Director for eLearning at CODeL, Mr. Erkkie Haipinge, Director of CODeL, Dr Maggy Beukes-Amiss, Director of NAMCOL, Dr Herold Murangi, and Director of COLL, Dr Delvaline Möwes (presenter of the lecture). All attended the ODL Public Lecture. ALUMNI REUNION The UNAM Alumni Association invites its University alumni to a Braai & Sports Day Reunion. Saturday, 02 December 2017 at 07:00 UNAM Main Campus Sport Stadium

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