Windhoek- The University of Namibia (UNAM) and Social Security Commission (SSC) has signed a Five-year Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in the areas of research, knowledge sharing, and capacity development.
Through the cooperation worth millions of dollars, the two institutions agreed to explore areas of mutual cooperation in academic, technical, social, cultural, economic and environmental fields.
The two institutions also vow to collaborate in research, capacity building including the establishment of the opportunities for the internship for the university students to do their in-service training as well as to cooperation in exchange of human expertise and resources.
The two institutions will also look at in identifying areas of collaborations and exploration of opportunities for collaboration on the hosting of joint seminars and conference as well as the pursuit of any other areas of mutual interest.
The Social Security Commission Executive Officer Milka Mungunda who signed the MoU on behalf of the institution describes the MoU as a joint-venture between the two institutions intended to provide sustainable solutions to socio-economic problems such as poverty, unemployment and skills shortage the country is faced with.
“I believe we have the found an excellent partner in UNAM in our quest to fulfil our mandate of social protection and contribute towards the attainment of the NDP5 goals for economic progression and social transformation,” she said.
Mugunda said joint technical committees will consisting of representatives from both institutions will be established to oversee the implementation of the MOU that will consist of members from both institutions.
On his part the UNAM Vice Chancellor Kenneth Matengu who signed on behalf of UNAM expressed strong interest in collaborating with SSC, stating that ITS UNAM mandate to decolonised education by introducing and supporting the projects and programmes that not only meet the job market needs but to equip the citizens to be future employers.
“Our mandate as a University to provide the relevant expertise needed to meet targets set through the country’s development goals as well as to address the lack of unemployment in the country.