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German State Minister and entourage visit local universities to discuss cooperation

German State Minister and entourage visit local universities to discuss cooperation

A German federal state minister for science and research, accompanied by a large entourage of academic institution leaders, paid Namibian institutions of higher learning a visit during her 2-day sojourn in Namibia last week.

The State Minister of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg, HE Theresia Bauer visited Namibia during the second leg of her familiarisation tour to African countries which started in Cape Town at the beginning of the month. She was accompanied by several German university leaders and some high-ranking educationalists. The CEOs of the Baden-Württemberg Foundation and Baden-Württemberg International also formed part of the minister’s delegation.

Before engaging Namibian university officials, Minister Bauer celebrated German unification at the residence of the German Ambassador, HE Christian Schlaga, on Wednesday, 04 October.

The next day, she met the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Hon Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo before meeting officials from the Namibia University of Science and Technology, and the University of Namibia.

At the University of Science and Technology, she was the guest of the Principal and his senior management. Minister Bauer had the opportunity to get an overview of the pioneering work done at the university’s innovation centre when the Principal, Dr Tjama Tjivikua showed her novel applications for solar technology.

More contacts with local education leaders were established during a lunch at the German Embassy. Minister Bauer’s visit explored opportunities for closer cooperation between Namibian tertiary education institutions and the universities in Baden-Württemberg.

Pictured are the German educational delegation from the State of Baden_Württemberg who accompanied the State Minister for Science, Research and the Arts, HE Theresia Bauer (centre front left) when she met officials from the Namibia University of Science and Technology. Extending a special welcome to the German Minister is the university’s Principal, Dr Tjama Tjivikua.


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