A new year, a new dawn and the opportunity to write anew, the story of our journey. I am very excited to welcome staff, students and the extended community to the Faculty of Human Sciences. I especially welcome new staff and students. As my first welcome message since assuming duty mid-2017, it does indeed feel like a fresh start. We join a vibrant, inspired, diverse and committed team of Faculty and staff. Nested among Science and Technology Faculties and programmes, our Faculty is the fulcrum on which our identity as NUST rests. It provides the raison d’être for the quality of graduates who leave our campuses for the world of work. The Faculty offers an array of programmes that have produced graduates who work in diverse sectors. They creatively go beyond the disciplinary boundaries of what the teaching and learning environment provides and espouse a ‘can do’ attitude with flair, creativity and innovation. They are the ultimate brand ambassadors of the human and social sciences.
In 2017, the Faculty commenced offering the Master of English and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Communication. The Department will become a vibrant hub for graduate studies in the Faculty as it plans to introduce more programmes at Master’s level. In 2017, the Faculty welcomed the appointment of Associate Deans in the areas of Teaching and Learning and Research and Innovation. This has brought new energy and opportunities for re-invigorating the Faculty to meet the challenges of a university striving for excellence. NUST has been bold and daring in forging a new identity as a university focused on Science and Technology. As a Faculty, we are proud to be part of this journey. We look forward to actively contributing to the university’s quest to be a premier university in science, research and development.
We are committed to ensuring our graduates are versatile, attuned to the development needs of Namibia and African citizenry globally. Through a globally relevant education, our graduates can be drivers of change and contribute to addressing vexing challenges such as unemployment, poverty and inequality. As a Faculty, we recognise the importance of producing globally competitive graduates as development challenges increasingly interlink and intertwine beyond geographic and language divides. We ensure graduates champion the development aspirations outlined in NDP 2030 and espouse the values of NUST. Below, I share briefly the Departmental offerings including some of the career opportunities for our graduates.
The Department of Communication offers undergraduate and graduate programmes in Communication, English, Journalism and Media Technology. Graduates from this Department have brought passion and energy to professions such as teaching, journalism and public relations and the media. They serve in public and private sectors while others have ventured into cultural industries as entrepreneurs providing employment opportunities for the youth. Some graduates enrolled in the Master in English and Applied Linguistics programme affirming the need for post-graduate studies in the Faculty.
As a country coming to terms with its multiple colonial heritage, the opportunity to enhance English capability in Namibia is one the Faculty takes seriously and the Department of Education and Languages offers this service in several ways. The Department services the University and wider community. The English for Academic Purposes, Professional Writing and Professional Communication programmes ensure NUST graduates have an improved English language proficiency. The National and Foreign Languages section offers additional opportunities for enhancing language skills offering other languages and additional English courses. The Department offers Technical and Vocational Education collaborating with stakeholders in the education and international development sectors. The TVET sector was identified as critical for driving youth skills development and employment in NDP 2030 and the Harambee Plan of Action. This has given impetus to our internal curriculum development process. Further, the global interest in enhancing and re-positioning TVET education has added to our own vigour to develop vibrant and relevant TVET programmes. The Department serves as a skills development hub for the university community in the areas of information and computer use technologies. In the age of knowledge and big data, I cannot underscore the importance of these skills for our graduates who enter a technology infused world of work. As the Generation Z torchbearers, our graduates must navigate local and global spaces seamlessly. It is our fervent desire to ensure they are properly equipped for the knowledge economy.
The Department of Social Sciences offers a diverse range of programmes cutting across criminal justice, legal studies and public management. The criminal justice programme offers learning opportunities in policing and correctional management. The Department has developed crucial stakeholder partnerships with the Namibia Police Service and the Namibia Correctional Services. We value these partnerships given the challenges of law enforcement, peace, security and justice at national and global levels. We are committed to accelerating capacity development in these areas to ensure that Namibia can respond timeously and effectively to development needs and to meet the sustainable development goals. The public management programme has facilitated the development of critical capabilities at local and regional levels. The Department’s contribution to building capacity for good governance in Namibia and across the continent cannot be underestimated. As a Faculty, we believe our programmes will contribute to building just and safe communities and meeting the aspirations of the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063.
My welcome beckons us to draw closer together as a team especially our students. Our diversity is our strength. Botho is our service motto. We affirm our commitment to the values of NUST and aim for excellence, promote collaboration, are innovative and creative and above all, remain accountable to the diverse communities in whose service we remain passionately committed. We say - nawa, karibu, le amogetswe welcome, bienvenue, welkom. Let 2018 be an awe-inspiring year for us all!
Prof Alinah Segobye
Dean, Faculty of Human Sciences