16 ADVERT Friday, February 9 2018| NEW ERA Official Weekly Communique of the University of Namibia - Volume 02 POSTGRADUATE TRAINING RECEIVES FUNDING FOR COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH The Multidisciplinary Research Centre (MRC) has taken up the challenge this year to increase the impact of its research activities through postgraduate capacity building at masters and doctoral level, in collaboration with Faculties. under ongoing research programmes. The new students join a cohort of students already working towards their Masters and PhD degrees funded by the Novartis Foundation, the German Academic Exchange programme (DAAD) and the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF). The University of Namibia through MRC, has received a shot in the arm amounting to approximately N,1 million to boost research through postgraduate capacity building for 2018, from the Carl Schlettwein Foundation of Basel, Switzerland; the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation in partnership with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF); SINTEF in Norway, and the SADC Malaria Elimination 8 (E8). The five new postgraduate research students who are beneficiaries of this milestone are expected to register in the Faculties of Science, Humanities, Social Science as well as Education, mentored and guided by researchers Over the years, MRC has been proactive in mobilising research funding and supervising postgraduate research fellows in collaboration with relevant Faculties. “This is part of a deliberate strategy by MRC to fulfil its mandate of promoting and conducting applied research to address challenges facing the nation and to meet Namibia’s developmental goals”, says MRC Director, Professor Nelago Indongo. “The aim of our research is not to just collect data and bring it back to the office. Namibia has complex multidisciplinary challenges and our research addresses these real world problems with the purpose of finding solutions together with the communities involved. We have a community based approach and we need dynamic, energetic young researchers to form part of our research teams”, she says. Dr Kletus Likuwa, the Deputy Director of MRC and one of the supervisors of the beneficiaries, highlighted that resource mobilisation is not easy, especially during this time when the world is going through economic turbulences. However, MRC researchers strive to go the extra mile and make it possible especially through their international partners. “We are very greatful to our partners for the support and benefits we continue to receive, and most importantly, we acknowledge that such successful interactions and networks are made possible through existing UNAM policies”, he emphasised. BUILDING CAPACITY IN RADIO ASTRONOMY IN NAMIBIA The Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) project, supported by the UK’s Newton Fund through the University of Namibia (UNAM) and Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), recently concluded their two week Radio Astronomy training programme. The DARA project had been introduced with an objective of providing qualified participants with the opportunity to embark on a training programme to familiarise themselves with the basic skills of astrophysics and radio astronomy. It aims to achieve practical experience which would be beneficial to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio astronomy facility that will be built in South Africa and also in eight African partnering countries, including Namibia and Botswana. Dr Michael Backes, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Physics at the University of Namibia explained that the SKA radio astronomy project is one of the biggest astronomical projects in the world. “The first phase of the SKA project is to build telescope dishes all over South Africa, and the second phase is to go across the borders and build dishes in the African partnering countries” he said, “From the experience in South Africa, we are aware that it takes roughly 10 years to build a human capacity base needed for the project, and this workshop is part early on capacity building, needed for SKA phase two, which is expected to start in roughly ten years from now”. This workshop was initiated by a group of UK researchers led by the University of Leeds, to start a training programme in radio astronomy in the SKA’s African partnering countries. Dr Backes further confirmed that “last year the government of Namibia through the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation signed a Memorandum of Understanding for being part of the SKA radio astronomy project”. The participants of the two weeks training programme were graduates and postgraduate students in physics, electronics engineering, and computer science from BIUST, Namibia University of Science and Technology, University of Botswana and UNAM. The training was conducted by Professor Garret Cotter from the University of Oxford, supported by two of his PhD students. The Namibian and Botswanan students will be invited to South Africa for a 4 week hands-on training at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory before taking a 2 week training in data analysis conducted in Botswana. 2018 saw the second cohort of students undergoing the DARA training with more to come in the next couple of years.
INSIDE BUSINESS This news is your business Likukela wants government to abandon HPP and NDP5 Page 18 Entrepreneurs must diversify from Govt contract dependency - Geingob Staff Reporter Windhoek President Hage Geingob has reminded of the need for Namibian entrepreneurs to diversify their business models, especially for many of those whose business depends on public works. Geingob made the remarks while experienced during 2017, when effect some of the deepest expenditure cuts since Independence.” “To some extent, the expenditure control hurt our economy and hurt businesses, especially those who largely dependent on government contracts,” said Geingob at meeting of the year, yesterday. To alleviate the plight of the construction and SME sectors, government resolved to pay all year 2016/17 by July 2017. However, by September, government with new outstanding invoices worth billions of dollars, owed to contractors and suppliers. Some school hostels were nearly closed because government had not paid the suppliers of food to hostels and students almost failed to write their examinations because the students’ pay universities. As a result, Government had to allocate an additional N.1 billion to the ministries to, partly, to pay the outstanding debts, during the Mid-Term Budget Review tabled in November. Yesterday Geingob commented that, “As Government reflects on how to ensure a diverse and inclusive growth model, based on to weather turbulent economic storms, I am of the view that there is need for entrepreneurs in our country to diversify their business models.” “Stronger economic fundamentals, and visible ‘green shots’ should not lead to complacency and return to unsustainable spending habits. One thing that is certain is that economic crises are cyclical and recurring,” he said. He reiterated the need to ensure Namibia’s economic fundamentals are resilient to successfully weather future independent intervening variables. “Key to this would be, to through eliminating or at least reducing wasteful expenditure, avoiding expensive debt uptake and reserve buffer, to be able to intervene in the event of the unforeseen,” Geingob said. President Hage Geingob Schlettwein optimistic about Namibia’s economic prospects WINDHOEK Namibia’s economic prospects for 2018 are bright as the economy is projected to emerge from the mild contraction experienced last on Wednesday. The minister said while the effect of depressed prices in the uranium sub-sector continues to be a drag on growth in the mining sector, other commodity prices are on the recovery path and prospects for new mining activities are on the rise. He made the remarks during the launch of the Momentum ing its successful acquisition of a 70 percent stake in Quanta Insurance. Schlettwein said recovery in consumption demand and growth in investment and exports will be key to the strengthening of economic recovery over the medium-term. In this context, the medium-term budget solidation with targeted measures to enhance economic growth, raise revenue and contain growth in non-core expenditure. “The key developmental aspirations for Namibia are to realise high inclusive growth, eradication of poverty, creation of decent jobs and erosion of inequalities. “We have been able to bring about gradual reduction in poverty and inequalities through growth and targeted policies,” he noted. Schlettwein said the recently released Inclusive Development Index by the World most inclusive economy in the African region, and 56th among emerging economies. “In our pursuit of sustainable development, inclusivity is a key pillar as espoused in the Harambee Prosperity Plan, Vision 2030 and the successive National Development Plans,” he said. Schlettwein said Namibia’s well-capital- a key catalyst for economic growth, employment and wealth creation. This is particularly true at a time when the country’s economy is emerging from a downturn and undergoing a complex adjustment process, he said.“The insurance industry has a distinct role to play in contributing to this growth narrative through providing relevant, inclusive and affordable products and services to businesses and individuals,” he said.Schlettwein however encouraged local ownership of industries as a means to advance the economy. “For us to realise the transformation of the economy and real wealth creation locally, the ownership structure of businesses should allow for local participation and empowerment”. - NAMPA Finance minister Calle Schlettwein VACANCIES VACANCY VACANCIES VACANCY VACANCY The The Namibia Namibia Financial Financial Institutions Institutions Supervisory Authority (“NAMFISA; (“NAMFISA; the the Authority”) Authority”) is is an an independent independent institution institution established by by virtue virtue of of Act Act No. No. 3 of 32001 of 2001 to effectively to effectively regulate regulate and The Namibia Financial Institutions (“NAMFISA; the Authority”) is an Finance. 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