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Poly cements relationship with Swakop Uranium

Mutual understanding - Dr Samuel John, Dean: School of Engineering, Dr Gert Guenzel Vice Rector of the Polytechnic, Mr Zheng Keping, Chief Executive Officer of Swakop Uranium, Dr. Harmony Musiyarira, HOD at the Polytechnic Mining Engineering at the signing ceremony.(Photograph by Comfort Ajibola)

Mutual understanding – Dr Samuel John, Dean: School of Engineering, Dr Gert Guenzel Vice Rector of the Polytechnic, Mr Zheng Keping, Chief Executive Officer of Swakop Uranium, Dr. Harmony Musiyarira, HOD at the Polytechnic Mining Engineering at the signing ceremony.(Photograph by Comfort Ajibola)

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed between the Polytechnic of Namibia and the Swakop Uranium this week, to formalize and strengthen the relationship between both partners  to venture into building capacity placements of students in Swakop Uranium’s graduate and bursary scheme.
“I am particularly happy with the comprehensive suite of activities we have set ourselves under this agreement, which range from professional development of staff, curriculum development to enable staff training, student placement and engagement on research of mutual interest to open up the use of facilities by staff in both organisations,”said Dr Gert Guenzel, Vice-Rector of the Polytechnic who  signed the MOA, on behalf of Professor Tjama Tjivikua.
“As an institution we are excited, yet humbled by being associated with an international company of such repute and enviable standing like Swakop Uranium. Such a partnership can only enhance the growth of our institution,”he said.
He said,“just to illustrate our involvement in promoting the triple helix approach in our academic activities, last week there was great excitement when the Polytechnic and Ministry of Mines and Energy, together with stakeholders in the energy sector, launched the new Namibia Energy Institute (NEI).”

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of Swakop Uranium, Mr Zheng Keping, said,“We pride ourselves in the fact that as a company we remain committed and strive to honour obligations imposed on various private entities in improving the socio-economic situations of the Namibian people and in particular the student community by the elevation of skills shortage and the employability of graduates.”
“Swakop Uranium recognises the skills shortages in Namibia and through our strategic human resources development drivers we focus on sustainable development of our human resources skills. We offer self-study assistance to our permanent employees, invest in leadership and first line supervisory development programmes, offer bursaries, graduate programmes, technical and non-technical programmes annually, he added.”

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