14 ADVERT Friday, June 23 2017 | NEW ERA Official Weekly Communique of the University of Namibia - Volume 28 BEST TERTIARY INSTITUTION AT TRADE FAIR The University of Namibia has scooped an award as best exhibitor in the Educational Institutions category at the recently concluded Ongwediva Trade Fair in Oshana Region, beating other players in this category to the punch. The newly launched online application system of the University of Namibia (UNAM) turned out to be a hit amongst prospective students. It has been successfully piloted at the Trade Fair and is gradually being appreciated by users as demonstrated by the crowds of learners that flooded the UNAM stand. Exhibitors were awarded prizes in different categories with the organising committee visiting every stall to see what they had on offer, their set-up and how they interact with clients. The best exhibitors were then chosen based on these criteria. This led to IMPORTANCE OF SOFT-SKILLS RE-EMPHASISED A two-day Career Bause shared her journey towards Tax, said: “the University of Namibia Development Workshop attaining her Chartered Institute of encourages collaborations between targeting final-year Management Accountants (CIMA) the University and Industry of this students has once again qualification, as part of the O&L nature. observed the importance of soft skills attainment by students. Industry professionals were prominently involved in this exercise. The workshop was designed to teach the final-year accounting students about career options and prepare them for life-after-varsity. This was the first time the Department of Accounting, Auditing and Income Tax, in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, held such a workshop for its students. This was done in collaboration with Bank Windhoek, Ohlthaver & List Group of Companies, as well as the Financial Literacy Initiative (FLI). The hands-on training was structured in such a way that it enabled students to acquire skill sets and tools that would otherwise require weeks of individual effort to obtain - as they transition from being students, to being employees or entrepreneurs. At the workshop, Ms. Melissa Talent Attraction Programme. She also explained how she is able to apply the knowledge she acquired at university in the work environment. During his presentation on the topic “Acing Your Interview”, Mr Benster Ntesa, HR Business Partner at Bank Windhoek, informed students on how to effectively apply for a job, as well as preparing for job interviews. Mr Paul Zamani from FLI, shared his thoughts on the importance of saving and budgeting. “Saving is the foundation of building wealth. In order to save money, you need to spend less than what you earn”, he said. Other topics covered at the workshop looked at life coaching, personal branding and entrepreneurship. Emphasising the importance of such a workshop, Ms Claretta Gamses, HOD of the Department of Accounting, Auditing and Income “We are really grateful to our workshop partners, Bank Windhoek, O&L and the Financial Literacy Initiative, for assisting the University and Department on such important initiatives.” She further indicated that the Department wants to make the workshop an annual event and would host it again around August 2018. Mr Benster Ntesa, HR Business Partner at Bank Windhoek The hands-on training was structured in such a way that it enabled students to acquire skill sets and tools that would otherwise require weeks of individual effort to obtain UNAM being awarded with a trophy as Best Exhibitor in the Educational Institutions category. DEFENCE DEPUTY MINISTER VISITS MILITARY SCHOOL The Deputy Minister of the Ministry Defence, Hon. Billy Mwaningange recently paid a familiarisation visit to the School of Military Science in the Faculty of Science, shortly before the country celebrated Heroes Day. The purpose of his visit was to acquaint himself with activities and programmes of the School. The Deputy Minister was accompanied by UNAM Vice Chancellor, Prof Lazarus Hangula, PVC: Academic Affairs, Prof Frednard Gideon and the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Dr Ndeapo Nickanor, on a tour of the school. In an information session with the staff, the School’s Associate Dean, Dr Vincent Mwange, presented an overview of the School to the Deputy Minister, before they went on to visit the lecture rooms and laboratories and finally meet the students. Hon. Billy Mwaningange , Deputy Minister of the Ministry Defence Throughout the session the Deputy Minister showed a great interest in knowing how the School is progressing, what lecturing and laboratory resources are being used to enhance the quality of learning and the resources that the school still needs. “The Ministry of Defence values education and training of members of the Namibian Defence Force. It is for this reason that I found it important to familiarise myself with the activity of the School”, he elaborated. He also pointed out that “the School programmes are in line with the Ministry’s aim to have more of its force go through academic training, and as such will continue to receive its support.
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