late well-known Namibian business man Harold Pupkewitz. The HP-GSB falls under the auspices of the Faculty of Management Science at NUST. The aim of the HP-GSB is to capitalise on NUST’s “contribution to social, intellectual and economic development of Namibia and SADC”. Thus the vision of the HP-GSB is: “Being an innovative Business School Competitive with Africa’s Best and Educating Leaders for Namibia’s Business Advancement”. All programmes offered by the HP-GSB promote the development of management expertise coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit, a global outlook, ethical principles and social responsibility. The School offers academic and the executive education programmes from two diverse categories namely: Masters of International Business and Masters of Leadership and Change Management (Namibia University of Science and Technology, 2017).
The Vision of NUST (Namibia University of Science and Technology, 2017) is to be “a premier university of science and technology preparing leaders for the knowledge economy” and the Mission is to be” a responsive university creatively meeting the needs of students, society and the economy through multiple pathways for excellent education, applied research, innovation and service in collaboration with stakeholders”. To ensure that NUST supports its vision and mission, NUST undertakes that its operations are characterised by the following values namely: excellence, innovation, collaboration, and accountability.
The two public institutions of higher learning in Namibia embarked on many organisational transformation processes, which could place a huge financial burden on the GRN as the primary funding body of these two institutions. The question is whether these two institutions meet the expectations held by the GRN and the Namibian people at large?
1.2.3 Fundamental differences between the University of Namibia and the Namibia University of Science and Technology
According to the Acts setting up UNAM and NUST (University of Namibia, Act of 1992 and the Namibia University of Science and Technology, Act of 2015) the executive management of UNAM consists of the Vice Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellors, the Bursar, the Registrar and the Chief Librarian and in contrast the executive management at NUST is made up of the Vice Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar only. Table 1.3 below reflects the clear differences in the mandate of UNAM and NUST according to their respective acts.
Table 1.3: Fundamental differences in the mandate of UNAM and NUST
To undertake research, to advance and disseminate knowledge, to provide extension services to encourage the growth and nurturing of cultural expression within the context of the Namibian society.
To offer further and continuous education to ensure social and economic development.
To create and advance knowledge through teaching research and scientific investigation, with an emphasis on applied research.
To support economic and social development through relevant professional and career-focused higher education with an emphasis on industry involvement. To drive, promote and facilitate technology development and technology transfer and innovation and transmission.
Source: University of Namibia Act of 1992 and Namibia University of Science and Technology Act of 2015.
Table 1.4 below reveals the differences between UNAM and NUST regarding the responsibility for and authorisation of the appointment of staff.
Table 1.4: Responsibilities Regarding the Appointment of Management and Staff at UNAM and NUST
POSITION UNAM NUST
Vice Chancellor It is the responsibility of the Council and this person is appointed for a term of office of six year and is eligible for re-appointment. It is the responsibility of the Council and this person is appointed for a term of office of five year and is eligible for re-appointment.
Pro Vice-Chancellors It is the responsibility of the Council. Term of office, powers and functions are determined by Council. It is the responsibility of the Council. Terms of office, powers and functions are determined by Council.
Bursar It is the responsibility of the Council. To be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor.
Chief Librarian It is the responsibility of the Council. To be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor.
Registrar It is the responsibility of the Council. To be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor.
Academic and Support staff It is the responsibility of the Council but according to the Statutes the power for appointment is vested in the Vice-Chancellor. To be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor.
Source: University of Namibia Statutes and Regulations of 2013 and Namibia University of Science and Technology Statutes, Rules and Regulations of 2016.
According to these two Statutes and Regulations the Vice Chancellor, Pro/Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Bursars, Registrars and Chief Librarians can hold office for an unlimited period depending on progress reports to the councils. The appointments for deans and Heads of Department (HODs) at UNAM are for a period of four years and they may be reappointed for not more than one further uninterrupted period, except in exceptional conditions (University of Namibia, Statutes and Regulations of 2013). According to the Namibia University of Science and Technology, Statutes, Rules and Regulation of 2016 Deans and HODs at NUST are appointed for a period of four years and they are entitled to be reappointed if they performed satisfactorily. The Statutes, Rules and Regulations of NUST is silent on the matter of the number of consecutive periods for which Deans and HODs may be appointed.