Seven Namibian students are expected to arrive in the island next Sunday to commence a two- to three-year programme of study on scholarship from the University of Technology (UTech) and the G.C. Foster Sports Academy. The programme will include athletics training as well as other professional disciplines.
In November 2012, the permanent secretary and other officials from the Namibian ministry of youth, national service, sports and culture undertook a scoping mission to Jamaica to explore possible areas of collaboration between the two countries.
During that visit, they met with the minister of youth and culture, representatives from the Ministry responsible for Sports, senior officials from the Ministry of Education, UTech, G.C. Foster Sports Academy and other pertinent agencies and institutions.
The groundwork laid for collaboration was further enhanced by a visit to Namibia by the President of UTech, Professor Errol Morrison.
This visit was initiated by the Jamaican High Commission in Pretoria, while the president and a delegation from UTech were visiting South Africa in April this year.
The organisation of the programme on the ground was undertaken by Jamaican Professor Earle Taylor, the deputy vice-chancellor of the International University of Management, Namibia.