The Engineering profession is one of those professions most crucial in the development of every country and indeed, in Namibia where we are in the process of making every effort possible to realize our country’s dream of a healthy, developed nation that is able to sustain itself by the year 2030. We need better road and build infrastructures, access to better electronic and telecommunication networking system and better motor-mechanic engineering services that will enable our communities to prosper in their plans and to be able to live their lives to the fullest. Qualified Engineers are the resource persons that facilitate the achievements of these ideals. Therefore, we are proud to have you as engineering students at The University of Namibia’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.
HIV and AIDS
To date, HIV and AIDS is one of such challenges. Therefore a compulsory module has been specially prepared for Student Engineers to be educated not only about HIV and AIDS but also to get an insight of some more other related occupational diseases and hazards that are likely to happen at the workplace and to develop ideas how such challenges could be prevented, identified/recognized and be managed appropriately when they occur.
To cover these issues all undergraduate qualifications of the faculty include a module named "Society and the Engineer", which includes the following topics:
- Health and Safety at the Workplace
- The Engineer and HIV and AIDS
- Socio-economic Impacts of HIV and AIDS on Families, Communities and Engineering Industry
The module has been developed with the assistance of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The field of engineering is no longer only a male priority - it offers equal opportunities for men and women. But women are still largely under-represented in the areas of science, technology and engineering. They however want to increasingly contribute to scientific and technological developments which are going to shape our future. The Engineering Council of Namibia for example had a female ratio of 4% in 2003, which increased to 9,5% in 2009 and 10,3% in 2011. On the other side many companies are now recognizing that mixed teams perform better when it comes to planning of environments for men and women, young people and the elderly.
The Faculty of engineering hosted 173 by 2011 of which 22% were women. This female ratio is exceptionally high - even at international standards. At all faculties of the University of Namibia together, the percentage of female students amounts to about 50%.