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Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Namibian Consulate visit strengthens relationship with CPUT

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING: Namibian Consulate delegation, Consul General Selma Nghinamundova and Consul Sarafina Eine Tshilunga met with the Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships delegation, Dr Tasmeera Singh, Manager: International Relations and Director, Prof Judy Peter. RELATIONSHIP BUILDING: Namibian Consulate delegation, Consul General Selma Nghinamundova and Consul Sarafina Eine Tshilunga met with the Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships delegation, Dr Tasmeera Singh, Manager: International Relations and Director, Prof Judy Peter.

A Namibian Consulate delegation who recently visited CPUT met with the Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships (SIP) delegation   to promote the good bilateral and multilateral relations between CPUT and Higher Education institutions in Namibia.  

The purpose of the visit by the Namibian Consulate delegation, which comprised of Consul General Selma Nghinamundova and Consul Sarafina Eine Tshilunga, was part of the relationship building exercise that the SIP Office has engaged in to reconnect with the Embassies and Consulates in Cape Town.  The SIP Office delivered a presentation consisting of an overview of CPUT and Internationalisation and then a discussion with the Consulate.

“The idea is to connect to strengthen working relationships as well as to partner with universities in Namibia as a strategy to increase their African footprint and create partnerships with the Global South,” said Dr Tasmeera Singh, Manager: International Relations, SIP.

Singh who delivered the CPUT presentation said: “The objectives were to start to build relationship with the Consulate and work with other universities in Namibia to see on how we can collaborate. This is our action to close the existing gap. We need to create and strengthen relationships with other universities.”

Nghinamundova said part of their office’s mandate was to foster partnerships between Namibian and South African Higher Education institutions. “We’re here to look  for formal engagements with CPUT,” she continued.

“We request CPUT to come up with a proposal [template] on areas (for) collaboration and we will facilitate engagements with our universities, one or two universities even if it’s in terms of student exchange and other areas.”

Singh added that the meeting was “a great success as this is the initial start of a series of meetings and events to follow with the Consulate”. “Overall, a positive meeting with huge potential for success and continuity.”

SIP Director, Prof Judy Peter, who was also part of the meeting, said: “We want to establish this kind of relationships and you [Consulate] are in a best position to indicate which university we can work with [in Namibia].”

Written by Aphiwe Boyce