The Ovaherero Traditional Authority (OTA) will in December launch the Hosea Kutako University (HKU) focusing on genocide studies.
The university, which is still to be accredited, will offer a Post Graduate Diploma, two Masters Degrees programmes as well as a Doctorate Degree on genocide studies.
The Director of the university, Nokokure Veii, said the aim of the university and the programmes that will be on offer, is to promote the study of the Herero/Nama genocide.
“We felt since we went through genocide in Namibia, there was a need to start writing our own history. There is an explosion of genocide studies in the world, but ours is downplayed,” Veii said.
According to Veii, the idea to start the university was birthed in 2014 at the inauguration of the Ovaherero Paramount Chief, Vekuii Rukoro, whose vision is to bring knowledge to the people while eradicating poverty.
“After the inauguration, a committee of experts from different fields was tasked to come up with different projects to help him achieve his dream, and that is how this idea came about,” Veii said.
Management envisions an African university which has local relevance and global impact.
Veii said Rukoro will be the chancellor of the university with Mac Hengari deputizing him.
The university will house the Riruako Center of Genocide and Memory studies.
According to Veii, the center will carry out educational tours to memorial sites as well as carry out exhibitions showing artifacts of the past.
“We will also have outreach programs to include the regions,” she said.
The university is partly funded by the OTA and through donations from people across the globe.
Lecturers at the university will comprise of local and international proffessors from Germany, South Africa, United States of America and France who will carry out face to face as well as online lectures.
Veii said the university will in the meantime offer General Educational Development (GED) courses for those planning to study abroad while it awaits accreditation from the Namibia Qualifications Authority.
“We thought of that because instead of going abroad and having to spend a whole year getting a GED, they can just do it here,” she said.
The university plans to enroll 200 students for the GED studies per year.
“This is a first of its kind. Even though it was initiated by OTA, it is for everyone. We are inviting people all over Africa willing to come and take part.
“My plea is to the historians and scholars to get in touch with the university and center to donate books and research material on the history to add value to the university,” Veii said.