Welcome to the National Commission for Research, Science and Technology.
Fostering Excellence through Knowledge and Innovation
"As we go forward, we will seek to be transactional in maintaining and strengthening the governance architecture, but we will also be transformational as we prepare the citizens for the new economy that requires the development of new parameters in education, innovation, and enterprise", - His Excellency, Dr Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia
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Ms Lovisa Kambonde- Immanuel (NCRST),Ms Nina Louw (RMB),Ms Ndahekelekwa Paulus (Winner) 4TH PLACE, Ms Mary Shikukutu (Winner) 2ND PL
The National Commission for Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) officially launched yesterday, 16 April 2014 at Safari Court and Hotel.
The Commission also launched its five year Strategic Plan which is grounded in the objectives of the Research, Science and Technology Act, 2006 (Act No. 23 of 2004) and resonates with Vision 2030 – the long-term development frame of the country – and speaks to other relevant national development documents, such as NDP4. The Strategy also recognizes the need to make Research, Science, Technology and Innovation an integral part of the socio-economic development processes and an enabler for the creation, and adoption of technologies and enhanced capacities in support of national development priorities. The NCRST Strategic Plan focuses on strategic themes over the next five years, namely:
1. Further public understanding of and interest in RSTI in Namibia.
2. Deepen stakeholder cooperation and strategic alignment around RSTI, and
3. Align and integrate a supporting regulatory environment for RSTI in Namibia.
Speaking at the launch, Prof Andre du Pisani, Chairperson of the Commission said, “As a Commission we are guided by the principles of openness and transparency in all our work. We strive to further value based behaviour, engaging and relating, decision making and action, and have thus adopted values of integrity, pro-activeness and passion for excellence”.
Hon. Dr David Namwandi, Minister of Education, officially launched the Commission, its Strategic Plan and website, as well as introduced the board of Commissioners to the public. During his keynote address, the Minister emphasized that it is important for an organisation to have a strategy in place as it gives an organisation a defined approach towards achieving its objectives. In the broader context, organisational strategy is a comprehensive guiding delineation of how it will go about achieving success in the context of its mandate.
The Minister also said: “The NCRST is an important organisation that will go a long way in contributing to Namibia’s competitiveness in becoming a nation that is able to contribute to the body of knowledge - a nation of innovators. My Ministry is committed to be part of this process and will work with all stakeholders to ensure the establishment of a fully functional system of innovation which will make meaningfully contribution to socio-economic development of our country”.