Grooming young job-creators

24 September 2019 | Skole
Justicia Shipena



In keeping abreast with Vision 2030, the Namibian University of Science and Technology (Nust) is driven to empower youth to command 21st century skills, in an effort to combat the mismatch with industry skills, and additionally, to groom youth to become job-creators rather than jobseekers.

In this vein Nust on 18 September, through the Nust Start-Up Club and faculty of management sciences, hosted Entrepreneurship Day under the theme ‘Transforming Lives through Entrepreneurship’.

The day’s activities included motivational talks and exhibitions by students with start-ups.

According to Bernice Ndungaua, the manager of Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII), the best time for students to go into business is now, as they have less responsibilities.

However, one needs to have the right team.

“University is the perfect hunting ground for a business start-up, as it may encourage students from different faculties to communicate and bring their ideas to life,” she said.

She emphasised the importance of networking and also urged the students to find themselves a mentor.

Ndungaua added that for the past five years NBII has been running the Sanlam Innovation Works competition and have received start-up ideas from various students.

However majority of these business are not run by Nust students.

“These are normally students from the University of Namibia (Unam) and the International University of Management (IUM),” she said.

Many of the student exhibitors were excited to showcase their products and have an opportunity to explore their entrepreneurship skills.

The event ended with the launch of the Nust Start-up Club.

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