By | January 31, 2020

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Management Science Conference 2020

Conference Theme

“Driving development in Africa through research informed policy and practice”

Conference Background

The socio-economic challenges faced by South Africa and Namibia are comparable and the research interests of the two Universities collaborating in this application, therefore, overlap to a large extent. Both countries urgently need to address common social, economic and environmental concerns that are currently bringing significant challenges in terms of inequality, effective and accessible education, economic growth and development, macroeconomic stability in a globalized world and the expected impacts of climate change on urban, agricultural and environmental management practices. Enhanced collaboration between the two institutions can clearly bring benefits to joint research projects, the students involved and the communities that stand to benefit from the skills gained and knowledge created. The success of any policies aimed at addressing challenges will be significantly strengthened by the deepened understanding and informed policy making that emanates from advanced, collaborative research projects. It is therefore not only beneficial but essential that collaboration between the institutions is strengthened by collaborative interventions such as the proposed conference.


Papers can address sub-themes in these categories

Theme 1: Corporate Governance and Competition

Theme 2: Financial Development and Inclusivity

Theme 3: Governance and Corruption

Theme 4: Socio-economic development in Southern Africa

Theme 5: Entrepreneurship development in Africa

Theme 6: Leadership and Innovation towards economic development

Theme 7: Marketing and Human Resource Development in Africa

Theme 8: Other commerce related fields


In order to increase research ambience not only in the department of management sciences but the department at large, the rationale for the conference is to create a platform for interaction between scholars and Ph.D. candidates of the two universities in order to explore collaborative research opportunities. The two commerce faculties are ideally placed as leading institutions in their respective countries that drive research programmes to address the socio-economic challenges faced by developing countries in an increasingly complex world. These research programmes, and the researchers involved, play an essential role in generating the answers and information to drive responsive policy changes to safeguard the sustainable future of the region. Against this background, collaboration and academic exchange is increasingly essential.


Abstracts of not more than 300 words (in Microsoft Word) should be sent to the conference emailing address All abstracts will go through a blind review process. Relevance to the sub-themes strictly within the context of the conference theme and originality of the proposed papers are key considerations in the acceptance of all submissions. Each presenter may submit only one abstract. The organizing committee will inform successful presenters by the 6th of March 2020.  Please note that presenters are required to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

Call for Abstracts

Click here to download. 

Important dates

14 February 2020                Last day to submit abstracts

6 March 2020                      Due date to submit a full-paper 

 23 – 24 March 2020        Conference Date


For more information, please contact:

Dr. E Amadhila

+264 61 206 3852,

Alternatively send an email to:

VISA Application

Please ask at the Embassy/High Commission of Namibia in your country for Visa requirements. Most SADC countries do not require VISAs to visit Namibia.

Participants from the countries here in are exempted from Visa applications.

Important information before you travel to Namibia

  1. Travel and Health Insurance is mandatoryplease ensure that you carry with your proof from a reliable insurer from your country. The University of Namibia will not be held liable for medical or travel related costs, while in Namibia.

2.Ensure that your passport is valid for not less than 6 months by the date of your entry in Namibia

3.  Participants from North, Central and West Africa, and Central and South America, must ensure that they have received vaccination against yellow fever and must have proof thereof if transiting via South Africa.

4Applicants from countries that are not exempted from Visa requirements, please ensure that you apply for entry Visa/Business Visas via the nearest Namibian embassy or consular offices. Please request an invitation letter to attend the Conference from the contact email listed on this conference webpage, to help you with this process.

5. Yellow Fever
There is no risk of yellow fever in Namibia. The government of Namibia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.For more information on recommendations and requirements, see yellow fever recommendations and requirements for Namibia. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.

For more information on health related matters, visit the link below:

Some facts about Namibia

  • Namibia has a total land mass of 511,567 square miles/ 823,290 square kilometers.
  • The country gets its name from the Namib Desert – one of the world’s oldest deserts.
  • Namibia is the second least densely populated country in the world. 
  •  It became independent in 1990.
  • Despite its low population, Namibia is still home to 13 different ethnic groups – including the Himba, a nomadic and traditional people whose ways have changed little over the years due to their seclusion from outside influences. Namibia is the first country in the world to incorporate environmental protection into its Constitution.
  • Namibia is one of only two countries in the world that has desert elephants! Namibia is home to the world’s largest population of free roaming black rhinos.
  •  Namibia’s currency is the Namibian Dollar (NAD), and this has been interchangeable with South Africa’s Rand for many years.
  • Note that South African Rand notes can be used in Namibia at face value; whereas in South Africa Namibian Dollar notes are worth fractionally less than Rand notes.
  • English is the official language, but German, Afrikaans, Oshiwambo and many tribal languages (including RuKwangali, Otjiherero, Silozi, Nama and Setswana) are also spoken.
  • About half of all Namibians speak Oshiwambo as a first language; most of the white population speak German or Afrikaans as a first language.
  • Etosha National Park is home to four of the Big Five, specifically elephant, rhino, lion and leopard.
  • The park’s many waterholes are considered some of the best places in the world to spot the endangered black rhino, as well as other rare African animals like the cheetah and the black-faced impala.

Beautiful Namibia scenery!!

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Discounted Flight Tickets

For those who would like to book their flights via Air Namibia to attend the conference may qualify for discounts. Only bookings made through the following channel will qualify for the discount – “directly through Air Namibia by sending an email to or at Tel: +264612996242, providing full names, point of origin, date of departure to Windhoek, and date of departure from Windhoek.

Click here to register for the conference