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    Student success and dropout rates at the NUST.
    (NUST, 2012) Tyobeka, Errol M.
    In developing the Education and Training Sector Improvement Programme (ETSIP), the government of Namibia had indicated that one of its key goals was to strengthen and improve quality, effectiveness and efficiency in higher education. This descriptive, non-intervental study was undertaken in response to the changing policy environment, mainly to determine the teaching and learning performance of the NUST in terms of student enrolment, success and dropout rates for a fifteen year (1996 –2010) period. The key findings of the study are that between 2006 and 2010 student success rates declined (68 to 59%), and over the same period student dropout rates also decreased (23 to19%). Whilst reasons for the decrease in dropout rates were not easily identifiable, reasons for decrease in success rates could be linked to changes in the ratios of student, programme and course to academic staff.
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    The concept of progress in different cultures - culture and progress in Namibia: Contradiction or concurrence?
    (NUST, 2010) Tjivikua, Tjama
    The main title beckons a number of questions, for instance: What is “progress”? What is culture? And eventually, How does culture relate to “progress”? The terms “progress” and “cultures” denote abstract notions – if not concepts – and require a measure of interpretation with respect to each culture’s context and progress. The theme links to such a large number of conceptual challenges, like history, anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, economics, and many more, that it is difficult to limit the scope of discussion. There are thousands of cultures and sub-cultures, and progress means many things to many people and at different times. What is progress in one culture may be perceived as totally irrelevant or taboo in others. What is considered as great progress at one time in history may be perceived or ridiculed as insignificant in another timeframe. It is arguable that Namibian cultures are well studied, documented and understood, for much of a Namibian culture is vested in oral history. For the purpose of this paper, I confine my contribution to the challenges and progress of cultural development in Namibia. This is, however, not a discussion of Namibia cultures in isolation and a global contextualization is considered.