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The University of Namibia and Environmental Investment Fund and Launch Joint Short Courses Programme

Windhoek, June 2, 2024 — In a significant move towards addressing climate change, the University of Namibia (UNAM) and the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) have introduced a series of short courses designed to equip Namibians with crucial knowledge and skills. The event underscored the urgent need for climate change education.

The partnership between EIF and UNAM exemplifies a proactive approach to climate change education, aiming to build a knowledgeable and responsive community capable of tackling environmental challenges. By offering these short courses, UNAM and EIF aim to bridge the gap between academic knowledge and practical application which are essential for hands-on experience through field visits and case studies.

The Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism, Hon. Pohamba Shifeta, during his keynote address, praised EIF and UNAM for pioneering this initiative and highlighted its importance in the current climate scenario. “The short courses, accredited at NQA level 8, offer a flexible study option for those who cannot afford prolonged absences from work. This high academic standard also opens doors for students to enrol in the Master's programme in 2025, providing a seamless academic progression for those committed to advancing their expertise in climate change” stated Shifeta. Furthermore, Hon. Shifeta expressed his hope that the short courses would consolidate the country's expertise, fostering a collaborative approach to climate change education.

Mr. Karl Mutani Aribeb, the Chief Operations Officer at the Fund said "The impacts of climate change are undeniable, and the science is clear. Our collaborative effort with UNAM to develop these tailor-made short courses is a response to the urgent need for climate change education. This initiative empowers individuals with the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes needed to act as agents of change” he said.

These courses meet essential learning needs, preparing Namibians to tackle the climate crisis directly. Covering a broad range of topics—including climate science, mitigation strategies, adaptation techniques, and policy development—the courses promise a comprehensive educational experience.

On behalf of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Namibia, Professor Kenneth Matengu in his absence, Christina Stefan uttered the diverse offering of this collaboration. She said “The courses cover a wide range of topics such as climate science, policy and governance, sustainable development, renewable energy and climate finance” Stefan said. She also added that this comprehensive curriculum ensures that participants gain a holistic understanding of the issues at hand.

The event concluded with a call to action for all institutions and individuals to participate in these courses and contribute to Namibia's sustainable future. . The official launch, held on 24 June 2024 at the UNAM Leisure Centre.


About the University of Namibia (UNAM):

The University of Namibia is a leading institution of higher education in Namibia, committed to providing quality education, research, and community engagement. With a focus on sustainable development, UNAM aims to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to address the challenges facing Namibia and the global community.

About the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF):

The Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia is a government-owned financial institution that supports and promotes sustainable development in Namibia through the financing of environmental projects and initiatives. The EIF plays a crucial role in conserving Namibia's natural resources and ensuring the long-term environmental sustainability of the country.

Media Contact:

Nicole Asino

Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia

Corporate Communications Officer