Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST)
Double Degree Marine Engineering Programme
A cohort of 17 students have enrolled for the first-ever Bachelor of Technology in Marine Engineering, a double degree programme at NUST. The programme was developed in partnership with the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences in Finland. Upon completion, graduates will obtain a degree certified by both universities.
The aim of the programme is to improve maritime education in Namibia by providing quality education and training to build and shape the required human resources capacity in the sector. This will enable graduates to develop innovative solutions and approaches that enhance productivity and efficiency in the maritime sector.
A ceremony was held recently to welcome the new students. “I believe NUST is the best Institution to run this programme. Our curriculum is aligned with global standards. This programme is not just important to us as an institution, it is equally important for the whole country as stipulated in the national development plans that the ‘blue economy’ is one of the biggest aspects in Namibia’s socio-economic development. It is a sleeping giant that needs to be explored exceedingly,” said Dr Samuel John, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.
The Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute (NAMFI) is one of NUST’s industry partners, which worked closely with both universities to develop this programme. “We are very excited to be part of this partnership. As partners, we frequently exchange ideas and views at the same time appreciating each other’s strengths and whenever we have differences, we try to manage them,” said Tobias Nambala, the Acting Director for NAMFI. He further added that this partnership will equip graduates with the right skills to compete in the global labour market.
The programme is offered on a full-time mode for four and a half years, which includes studying in Finland and undergoing Work Integrated Learning (WIL).