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Tripartite relationship makes milestone

The team behind it all. Front row from the left: Gloria Tshoopara, Andre Scholz, Cay Etzold, Neville Mbai and Salatiel Ntinda. Back row from the left: Gerson Shaanika, Corinna Haeger (DAAD representative), Boas Naanda, Jacinto Silva, Christopher Sipiho, Katrina Mwandingi,  Juliet Madamombe, Petsy Neiss and Hilma Kotti.

The team behind it all. Front row from the left: Gloria Tshoopara, Andre Scholz, Cay Etzold, Neville Mbai and Salatiel Ntinda. Back row from the left: Gerson Shaanika, Corinna Haeger (DAAD representative), Boas Naanda, Jacinto Silva, Christopher Sipiho, Katrina Mwandingi,  Juliet Madamombe, Petsy Neiss and Hilma Kotti.

The tripartite relationship between the German government through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Polytechnic of Namibia and Flensburg University of Applied Sciences last month reached a milestone by awarding scholarships worth N$13,200 to 15 students all studying for a Masters degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
Ester Kalipi one of the recipients of the scholarships told the Economist that being armed with the correct know-how through the Masters Programme, she is convinced that her objectives will be fulfilled as they [the students] will be exposed to practical simulation trainings and taught by lecturers in Logistics and with industrial experience.

“Being passionate about Logistics and Supply Chain Management, the Masters programme is ideal for me but in particular for most trading companies operating in Namibia with a vision of achieving an active management of supply chain activities” adding that the programme equips the students to maximize customer value and achieve a sustainable competitive advantage for their companies.”
She said it is also in line with the concepts of vision 2030 for Namibia to enhance global trade links amongst others, and with regard to the existing networks,  to maintain viable global links.
Speaking at the scholarship event, Polytechnic Vice-Rector: Administration and Finance, Dr. Gert Günzel, said “We are proud to announce that 15 candidates have qualified to receive a scholarship. I congratulate the recipients of these scholarships. Never forget, an opportunity of this nature also comes with responsibility and accountability.”
“The scholarships you are to receive should ease your financial burden, allowing you to focus on your studies. It is important to realise that you have been given a unique opportunity to be amongst the first to acquire this novel qualification in Logistics and Supply Chain Management offered in Namibia. Therefore, you also have the opportunity to be pioneers in this field in Namibia and in Africa.” he added.
The tripartite partnership was cemented five years ago with the establishment of the Namibian  German Centre for Logistics (NGCL), which up to date has made significant strides in the domain of education and training.
Günzel stated that in order to ensure that capacity is built for the logistics industry in Namibia and beyond, the Centre for Logistics has developed different academic programmes including a Bachelors, Honours and Masters programme.
“At the same time, the Centre has secured the Education Provider status from various professional bodies in the Logistics and Transport fields like the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport (CILT), the Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS), and the Operations Management Association for Southern Africa (SAPICS). The Centre is now offering these skills-based courses to the Namibian industry” he said.

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