By | March 1, 2019

Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) receives a Professional Management Review (PMR) Africa Award

NUST Founding Vice-Chancellor, Dr Tjama Tjivikua, posing with two of the three 2018 PMR Diamond Arrow Awards.

For the first time, NUST received a Professional Management Review (PMR) Africa Award in the category of Companies/Institutions Doing the Most to Fight HIV/AIDS in Namibia. In addition, the Institution secured the top spots in the categories of Best Higher Education/Tertiary Institutions, as well as Institutions Offering Executive Education. The latter was specifically bestowed upon NUST’s Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business (HP-GSB). The three accolades were handed over at a ceremony held in Windhoek earlier this week.

Fighting the pandemic
Annually, NUST organises themed campaigns aimed at continuously raising awareness about the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Tests are held on campus, as well as counselling and other activities, in partnership with stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health and Social Services, and the Embassy of the United States, amongst others. The campaign promotes prevention methods such the use of condoms and maintaining monogamous relationships, whilst at the same time encouraging infected persons to remain committed to anti-retroviral treatment.

Global Talent Competitiveness
At the event, Dr Tjama Tjivikua, the NUST Founding Vice-Chancellor, delivered the keynote address titled ‘Global Talent Competitiveness.’ Tjivikua spoke extensively about entrepreneurial talent – encompassing vocational and global knowledge skills – placing emphasis on the need for the creation of opportunities to cater for the ballooning population of young people. “Governments, businesses and stakeholders need to implement better policies in areas such as education, employment and immigration, to name a few. This will contribute to competitiveness, innovation and growth,“ remarked Dr Tjivikua.

The PMR Awards are the culmination of a research process whereby companies and institutions are rated based on respondents’ perceptions, with a strong focus on evaluating and measuring customer service and satisfaction. NUST has received various PMR Awards since 2002, attesting to the high standards of excellence upheld at the Institution.