TransNamib and Poly sign MoU
The Polytechnic of Namibia and TransNamib Holdings recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding enabling both entities to forge a meaningful collaboration with a view towards capacity building.
The Memorandum of Understanding covers a broad range of activities that range from student and staff research, a sponsorship of the Endowed Chair of Railway Transportation Engineering Technology and aid the Polytechnic in their efforts to help students gain relevant work experience by offering internship opportunities to students.
The academic institution would inturn help TransNamib in its quest to build capacity institutional by offering workshops and seminars in conjunction with relevant institutions for TransNamib employees in vocational education and training.
Sara Naanda, Chief Executive Officer of TransNamib Holdings expressed her confidence on the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding and said, “We are convinced that we are partnering with a credible institution and that we are taking a positive step as we gear to cultivate a culture of continous learning among our employees. Our desire is to equip the employees with skills, knowledge, competancies, and attitudes that will enable them to contribute to national building in achieving Vision 2030 and the National Development Plans. The Polytechnic can only offer its programmes best, by analysing and evaluating the type of skills required in the industry and having access to first-hand information and experiences, which in case TransNamib would aim to share, especially in the retail sector. ”
Rector of the Polytechnic of Namibia Professor Tjama Tjivikua said, “A critical point that many organisations have realised is that their mandates define their roles in society and they thus cannot do everything. The other side of the coin shows that in the course of their functioning is the realisation that some of the challenges they encounter transcend the expertise and capability of their single organisation hence the need for collaborative relationships. The partnership between the Polytechnic and TransNamib fills the vacuum of a corporate university. We shall serve TransNamib as its substitute corporate university, which we are proud to do as a university of science and technology.”