Engineering is a discipline and profession that serves the needs of society and economy. It is the profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize, economically, natural and man-made materials and the forces of nature for the benefit of humankind. The intellectual activities of engineering are heavily based on synthesis, design, and innovation through the integration of knowledge.
Key to the ability of engineers to develop the products, systems, and services that are essential to national security, public health, and the economic competitiveness of the nation’s business and industry is the knowledge base created by engineering research. The new knowledge generated through research drives technological innovation–the transformation of knowledge into products, processes, and services–which, in turn, is critical to competitiveness, long-term productivity growth, and the generation of wealth.
Our Bachelors Degree in Engineering is designed to seek solutions to important national and global problems and educate leaders who will make the world a better place by using the power of engineering principles, techniques and systems. At the end of this programme, our graduates should have;
- demonstrated a thorough grounding in mathematics, basic sciences, engineering sciences, engineering modeling, and engineering design together with the abilities to enable applications in fields of emerging knowledge;
- been prepared for careers in engineering and related areas, for achieving technical leadership and to make a contribution to the economy and national development;
- fulfilled the educational requirement towards registration as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of Namibia as well as to allow the graduate to make careers in engineering and related fields;
- the competence to proceed to postgraduate studies in both course-based and research masters programmes.
Studying engineering has become attractive for young men and women for a variety of reasons:
- The global shortage of engineers provides job opportunities in the public sector, in the industry, in research and at academic institutions.
- Namibia alone needs to train 5000 engineers by 2030 (Vision 2030). In September 2011, 1092 engineers were registered with the Engineering Council. Generally, the demand of engineers in Namibia exceeds by far the supply.
- The industry offers attractive salaries for professional engineers.
The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology in Ongwediva is an attractive location for women and man who want to study engineering. Its modern buildings offer hostels for students and guest lecturers, a central library and social facilities. The building was constructed with state-of-the art technology in Namibia's most densely populated region.