WINDHOEK: The Polytechnic of Namibia and the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) covering different areas of cooperation in the capital on Tuesday.
These areas include curriculum development, staff and student exchanges and research and materials exchanges, as well as the sharing of library resources.
Signing on behalf of the Polytechnic, its Rector Tjama Tjivikua said recent studies confirmed that Namibia has a huge skills deficit at semi-skilled and skilled levels.
Therefore one of Namibia’s developmental challenges is to link the country’s human resources development needs to the knowledge-based economy paradigms as defined in Vision 2030 and as elaborated in the supporting National Development Plans (NDPs), he added.
“Clearly, the MoU will cement our relationship and enable the smooth transfer of knowledge and skills between our institutions,” he stressed.
According to Tjivikua, the MoU will serve as the umbrella for collaboration between the Polytechnic and NIPAM.
He noted that the Polytechnic is prepared to actively collaborate with NIPAM’s various units, be it the State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Business Centre for advancing SOE and corporate entities in Namibia, the Central Government Business Centre and the Regional and Local Government Business Centre, the Research and Consultancy Business Centre, the E-Governance and Learning Resources Centre or the International Diplomacy and Foreign Relations Business Centre.
The Rector further said the Polytechnic is also ready to assist in designing and implementing senior and middle-management development programmes, business process re-engineering and policy development courses.
Signing on behalf of NIPAM, its Acting Executive Director Elsie Nghikembua said the MoU demonstrates a deep-rooted commitment to providing professional training and development programmes, research and consultation capacity and related activities to management, personnel, interns and contractual employees and networks.
She said NIPAM “is proud to be associated with the Polytechnic, an outstanding institution that is driven by the belief that development (national or international) is based on knowledge and knowledge management.”
NIPAM is tasked with enhancing capacity-building and skills development of public officials working in the Namibian public sector through training activities in public administration and management.
The Polytechnic of Namibia has been involved in the training of public officials in the areas of public administration and management prior to Independence.