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Namibia: Universities in Need of Local Books

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Johannes Pendapala Uusiku (27), a lawyer by profession and currently a full-time lecturer at the University of Namibia, has encouraged institutions of higher education to use local books or study materials, as they currently largely rely on foreign literature in research and teachings.

He admitted the current issue on the ground is that local people are not publishing – many people, even those in academia, are not interested in writing or publishing.

“It is for this reason that I am advocating for local tertiary institutions and education stakeholders to create favourable research environment such providing incentives, publication grants, and collaboration with well-published universities that will entice local academics to publish quality local content that can be used by our tertiary institutions,” he said.

The burgeoning commercial law lecturer told Youth Corner for most law modules, the recommended textbooks or study materials are normally South African published textbooks, which, in most cases, refers to South African cases, legislations, regulations and policies.

“It is recommendable for local tertiary institutions to create favourable research environment, support and incentive to encourage and entice local academics to publish and develop local content,” he added.

Uusiku has authored two study guides/books on the Law of Associations and Company Law and Practice, which are being used at Unam. He was assisted by Marvin Awarab (content editor), Godwin Murangi (instructional designer), Joseph Mukoroli (language editor) and Gabriel Uunona (quality controller), coordinated by the University of Namibia Centre for Open, Distance and eLearning (CODeL).