Upgrading Polytechnic in Namibia to the Namibia University of Science and Technology and the Post-secondary Education Niche in Namibia

  • Sarala KrishnamurthyEmail author
  • Charl C. Wolhuter
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The main objective of the chapter is to reflect on the two tertiary institutions in Namibia. The chapter begins with a description of post-secondary education and what it means in the Namibian context. Next, an overview of the educational system is provided describing the local pressures which necessitated the transformation of the Polytechnic of Namibia into the Namibia University of Science and Technology. Finally, the chapter evaluates the processes by which this transformation took place altering the education landscape, aligning itself to the needs of the country and expanding access to post-secondary school leavers with the view to contributing to the economy.


Post-secondary education Tertiary institution Access Equity University Science and technology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Human SciencesNamibia University of Science and TechnologyWindhoekNamibia
  2. 2.North-West University, Potchefstroom CampusPotchefstroomSouth Africa

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