As of May 2017, Ms. Barbara Liebel will take up her post as the new German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) lecturer at the University of Namibia (UNAM). She will be supported by Ms. Diana Acker, who is working for one year as a language assistant on behalf of the DAAD in Namibia. With their secondment via the DAAD, the government of the Federal Republic of Germany confirms its commitment to the longstanding academic and scientific cooperation with the Republic of Namibia.

In her role as lecturer, Ms. Liebel is responsible for cross-campus DAAD scholarship counselling of students, graduates and teachers at UNAM and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), as well as briefing those who are interested in studying in Germany.

Ms. Liebel will hold courses at the UNAM Department of Languages and Literature Studies, German Section, in topics such as literature studies, methodology and didactics, as well as German as a Foreign Language. Additionally, she will support the planning and hosting of cultural and other events, such as workshops, DAAD information events and career fairs.

Furthermore, Ms. Liebel will assist with projects of the German Embassy, the DAAD information centre in South Africa and the Goethe-Institut Namibia, and also contribute original research for publications, at colloquiums and conferences in the country and the region.