King wants school of engineering at NUL

King wants school of engineering at NUL

ROMA – KING Letsie III says the setting up of an engineering programme at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) will cut the costs of training engineers for Lesotho by more than half.
In his keynote address at the NUL’s second annual general meeting of the 13th Council on Monday, the King said the School of Engineering will inspire more students to pursue engineering courses.

He said as the AU Ambassador for Nutrition, he wants to see more effort expended on science, technology, research and innovation because they “play a major role in improvement of human life and underscore their relevance in agriculture and food security”.
The King said a curriculum that focuses on the four specific disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, lately referred to as “STEM”, boosts the calibre and quality of university programmes.

“No economy can grow without strengthening these key academic disciplines,” the King said.
“NUL cannot afford to fall behind on this development trend,” he said.
“My interest is to see science, technology, research and innovation playing a role in the enhancement of food and nutrition security in Lesotho and beyond.”

The King said it would be a source of great personal pride if the university through its own research and innovation could make a meaningful and long lasting contribution to the national efforts of increasing food production and nutrition.
The King also expressed concern at the declining financial support for the NUL which results in it losing its capacity to attract and retain qualified and experienced staff.

He said the university’s remuneration packages are fast falling behind those of other sister universities in the region.
The NUL Vice-Chancellor Professor Nqosa Mahao said while challenges are huge, they believe that “cooperation and dialogue of all stakeholders in the sector will lighten the burden on the shoulders” of the King and ease the search for solutions.

Mahao said he hoped that the new ex-officio representatives of government will be inspired to remain faithful to the appointments of the council.
He said three weeks ago heads of the academics, administrative and support units spent two days away from campus to review the operation plan that forms the implementing back-bone of NUL strategic plan 2015/2020.

“The exercise was gratifying at several levels. It highlighted the many milestones achieved since the plan was adopted in 2015 while also laying bare a myriad of constraints,” Mahao said.

The chairman of the Council, Tseko Bohloa, said they focused their energies in supporting the initiatives that are directed at creating the necessary conditions of learning by deepening the capacity across all structures of the university to resolve complex situations that arise from time to time.
Bohloa said the council is mindful of the often conflicting objectives that the university has to grapple with in ensuring that the educational programmes on its menu are of high and are of competitive quality on the other hand.

Tokase Mphutlane

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