UNAM Scholar To research Thermal Energy storage In Japan
UNAM’s collaboration with Universities in Japan is continuing to benefit its staff members through capacity development and growth of the individual in knowledge, skills and experience. Most of these opportunities are financially made possible by the Japanese Government Scholarship. Recently, Natangue Shafudah, a University of Namibia alumnus and Lecturer in the Faculty of Science, will join the Graduate School of Engineering of the Kogakuin University in Tokyo, thanks to a full scholarship from the Government of Japan. Shafudah, who holds a Bachelor’s degree (Honours) and a Master’s degree in Science and Physics from UNAM, will depart for Japan on 01 April to further his PhD studies in physics and renewable energy. Shafudah will spend six months learning Japanese before he starts with his research on developing thermal energy storage systems for domestic solar cookers. Shafudah wish to contribute to the upliftment the lives of Namibians, especially those living in rural areas. “The main thing I want to bring back home after my studies is knowledge and to be able to build capacity in my specialized field,” he said. A former recipient of the Scholarship and current Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at UNAM, Dr. Likius Daniel, encourages his colleagues to look out for study opportunities, especially in renewable energy. Dr. Daniel said: “In the last three years, since I returned, every year there is a UNAM staff member who is a recipient of this scholarship. The impact these opportunities are making is invaluable to Namibia and we appreciate the Japanese government for the scholarships. ”The Ambassador of Japan to Namibia, Hideyuki Sakamoto said he wants to see the cooperation between Japan and UNAM grow. “Shafudah is the ninth research based student to receive a scholarship since the year 2006. To date, 14 Namibians have received a full sponsorship from the Government of Japan. Nine are still studying there”, he stated. UNAM Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lazarus Hangula thanked the Japanese government for the scholarships.