Guest Contributor | May 11, 2021 | 0
New higher education council builds on groundwork laid by previous councils
Wishing the new council members all the best, the Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Hon Itah Kandjii-Murangi on Friday, 01 December, announced the fourth National Council for Higher Education.
The council functions under the provisions of the Higher Education Act of 2003 to advise the minister on matters of policy to promote the establishment of a coordinated higher education system, the improve the access of students to higher education institutions and to assure the quality of higher education.
The council also provides input on the financial allocations to public higher education institutions.
One of the new council’s first tasks will be to coordinate the implementation of the National Policy for Higher Education which was completed earlier this year and is awaiting Cabinet approval.
The Minister said collaboration and coordination in the higher education system are an integral part of the National Policy. This will require the new council to build on the strategic partnerships and collaboration with stakeholders that were put in place by the third council.
“As such, the National Council for Higher Education has collaborated with private businesses and professional bodies in urthering quality assurance of academic programmes and with like-minded government agencies, both local and in the region, on specific subject areas,” she said.
Following the establishment of the Higher Education Management Information System for improved collection of data for reliable statistics, the council is now able to keep their finger on the pulse and accurately track progress in higher education.
The new council members were welcomed by the minister, the Permanent Secretary, Mr Alfred van Kent, Prof L. Haoses-Gorases, the Deputy Minister, Hon Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo and Dr Samuel John from the Namibia University of Science and Technology at a brief ceremony on Friday.
Pictured are the members of the fourth National Council for Higher Education with senior officials from the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation. Photograph by Setson Nghidinwa.