Revamping of Higher Education Institutions in Namibia: A case study of teachingPublic Administration and Management from colonial occupation to independence
Keywords:Revamping higher education institutions; Public administration and management.
The original teaching and learning of the academic discipline 'public administration and management' started with the establishment of the Academy for Tertiary Education in 1980, whose main aim was to make tertiary and out-of-school education available to the people of Namibia. The Academy was affiliated as a tertiary institution under the UNISA statute and the Joint Statute of Universities in South Africa. After independence in 1990 the Academy was transformed into the University of Namibia and Polytechnic of Namibia. Currently, the Polytechnic of Namibia has been transformed into the Namibia University of Science and Technology. The teaching and learning of Public Administration and Management over the last 25 years have grown tremendously in terms of numbers and outcomes. Courses have been Namibianised and developed to meet unique local needs and expectations of a modernizing, knowledge-based economy. A flexible approach in the teaching and learning of the discipline on full, part-time, and distance education mode has made it possible for students throughout Namibia to enroll for the course.