The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek and the University of Namibia (UNAM) signed a joint internship letter of agreement to continue making work integrated learning a reality for tertiary students.
Professor Lazarus Hangula, the Vice Chancellor of UNAM and Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer and Head of UNIC Windhoek, came together on 26 June 2017 at UNAM’s Department of International Relations to sign the letter.
At the signing ceremony, Basson highlighted the connection between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 ambitious goals that aim at eradicating poverty, promoting peace and protecting the environment, and the internship programme.
She said, “SDG 4 ‘Quality Education’ specifically aims at providing inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels. As education expands beyond the curriculum and the lecture-hall, work-integrated learning, such as UNIC Windhoek’s internship programme is pertinent in grooming professionals.”
She continued, highlighting the valuable partnership between the UNIC Windhoek and UNAM, “We are ready to join hands with the University of Namibia to provide first-hand exposure of working in an international environment, allowing UNAM students to harness the skills, knowledge, and theoretical practice they learnt in university.”
This notion was well supported by the Prof. Hangula, who reiterated the importance of work integrated learning to prepare students from all parts of the country for successful careers.
In an attempt to curb the high unemployment rate due to a lack of experience, UNIC Windhoek has agreed to continue providing valuable work experience for UNAM students. Over the past seven years, the programme has helped students improve their critical thinking, analytical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills and provided them with the real life working experience. One of UNIC Windhoek’s current interns, a graduate of UNAM, played a key role in coordinating the signing.