Barely a year in office, Professor Kenneth Matengu, UNAM Vice Chancellor, begun engaging various external publics across the country. The aim is to share the new envisaged vision of the university, whilst ensuring that it remains sensitive to the needs of different communities where the university operates.
Thus far, the Vice- Chancellor has had insightful engagements with community members and captains of industry from Rundu, Katima Mulilo, Ongwediva and Keetmanshoop. More engagements are lined-up.
“UNAM has experienced exponential growth over the years, both in infrastructure and manpower, so, now is the right time to drive research for innovation and development”, remarked Professor Matengu at one of the engagements.
With more than 300 Doctorate holders at UNAM, the highest in the country, the Vice Chancellor is convinced that UNAM is uniquely positioned to solve many of Namibia’s developmental challenges through translational research. In line with that, a process of reviewing UNAM structures, processes and values with hopes to re-align them to a new UNAM agenda, metaphorically called, “the UNAM We WANT”, has begun.