New IT Centre opens at NUST

By Confidente Reporter

AS from next month, Namibia University of Science and Technology(NUST) will offer short courses in Big Data Technologies, Advanced Web Technologies, and Ethical Hacking and Information Security. This comes as a result of the newly established Centre of Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT).

The CEIT forms part of efforts by the Namibian and Indian governments to enhance cooperation in education and in 2016, India’s President Shri Pranab Mukherjee visited NUST and pledged his country’s support for skills development in Namibia.

The new courses were jointly developed by NUST and India’s Centre for the Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC). The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art computing infrastructure with two fully functional training labs and video conferencing facilities. NUST has also acquired a third supercomputer, a CDAC PARAM supercomputer, with high performance computing applications.

“So far, four Namibians were trained in India to assist in the facilitating the courses as Master Trainers. CEIT will be headed by Mr Arpit Jain, who was previously based at the CDAC. Three Indian Master Trainers inclusive of a centre head will be seconded to the centre for a two-year period,” said Prof Anicia Peters, Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Informatics.

Application submission for the programs ended on 10 September and courses are scheduled to begin on 23 September.