Namibia (Namibia University of Science and Technology) Nust Setting THE Pace With Unesco Chairs
The University Twinning and Networking Programme (UNITWIN) /UNESCO Chairs Programme supports the establishment of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Cooperation Programmes in higher education institutions. UNITWIN Programme, provides a platform for integrated research, training, information, and documentation activities related to diverse fields. Through the Programme, higher education and research institutions worldwide pool their resources to address pressing challenges and contribute to the development of their societies.
The Namibia University of Science and Technology promotes national competitiveness by providing multiple opportunities for excellent education, applied research, innovation and service. In this regard, the University is committed to supporting efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focusing on the United Nations (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development agenda, in particular the Global Education 2030 Agenda. Hence, NUST is driving the agenda for the UNESCO Chairs to not only promote international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work but also to ensure that industry presence is elevated to ensure relevance and socio-economic impact.
The opportunity to establish a UNESCO Chair is a rare and prestigious honour. Only 4 UNESCO Chairs have been established in Namibia, with 3 housed at the Namibia University of Science and Technology.
Our proven research, education, and outreach activities under the UNESCO Chairs programmes focus on three key interrelated areas:
1. Sustainable Water Research for Climate Adaptation and Saline Agriculture in Arid Environments
2. Gender and Digital Technologies, and
3. Secure High-Performance Computing for Higher Education and Research