Poly best journalism students awarded
The two students, best first year journalism student, Angela Thomas and best second year student, Ishmael Mubwandarikwa, were presented with their awards by their Head of Media Technology Department, Emily Brown. Namibia Economist sponsors a $750 prize to the best first year and best second year journalism students.
The Chief Executive of Standard Bank Namibia, Vetumbuavi Junius Mungunda, addressed graduates at the 19th Polytechnic of Namibia graduation ceremony last month..
Mungunda congratulated the graduates and shared some helpful tips on achieving success beyond graduation. “Whenever there are changes in our lives, they bring uncertainty and anxieties to many of us.
And so despite the fact that you, the new graduates, are armed with credible qualifications, it is not unusual that simply contemplating life beyond your academic life brings about a feeling of uncertainty,” stated Mungunda.
He said that the number of reasons for uncertainty were many including the global and Namibian economies that were not growing at a pace that would absorb all job seekers, which meant quite a number of young people will not have an immediate opportunity to put their learning into practice and obtain new skills.
According to Mungunda, the launching of the Industrial Policy by the Minister of Trade and Industry and the launching of the National Commission of Research, Science and Technology by the Minister of Education are important developments. At systemic level the country is finding mechanisms of driving innovation.
“The second area that needs attention is higher education qualifications that need to be aligned to the demands of industry,” He advised that educational institutions needed to incorporate entrepreneurship in their curricula.
Mungunda offered helpful tips to graduates, “Firstly, self-awareness is key to effective application of gained knowledge and an essential step towards maximising skills” According to him, when life throws challenges in your direction, it calls for you to be cognisant of your strengths and weaknesses. “Show your appreciation and respect for those who have helped you on your journey.” Lastly, Mungunda said that one should actively seek ways of helping others attaining similar achievements to yours or even surpass it.