THE Namibia University of Science and Technology will host the centre of excellence on information technology which will soon be set up by the Indian government.
This was confirmed by Indian president Shri Pranab Mukherjee during his address to academics at NUST on Friday.
The centre is being set up after Namibia and India signed a memorandum of understanding on this centre at State House on Thursday.
Mukherjee said the IT centre will be for enhancing the capacity and knowledge of Namibian IT students and professionals, adding that it will be established as soon as possible.
“The centre of excellence in information technology at this university (NUST) will commence as soon as possible after the finalisation of consultations between the governments of India and Namibia,” he added.
“So far, over 1 000 Namibian citizens have been trained in India under our Itec programme. Indian experts - government and private - have been deployed to assist the government of Namibia in policy formulation. I am pleased to inform you that yesterday, after my official discussions with President Hage Geingob, an MoU was signed to set up a centre of excellence in IT in Namibia,” the visitor noted.
“Our public and private enterprises stand ready to join your endeavours in this direction. In the sphere of bilateral trade and investment, the fruitful economic exchanges between India and Namibia underscore the much larger potential that is waiting to be realised,” he said.
In her welcoming remarks at NUST on Friday, higher education minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi thanked the Indian government for its continuous support to Namibia's higher education sector.
She cited the University of Namibia's engineering campus in the North, which was sponsored with US$12 million worth of study materials by the Indian government.
The envisaged centre of excellence will start with two classrooms of 25 students each.
The Indian president further said his country will provide the software and hardware to be used for training by Indian professionals.