The Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST) inked a Letter of Intent (LOI) on cooperation with the Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) on Thursday in Windhoek.

The fight between Airbus and Boeing for jet orders is poised to heat up at the Farnborough Airshow outside London next week.ADS is a global pioneer providing innovative, effective space and defence solutions and services worldwide.

NUST’s Vice-Chancellor Tjama Tjivikua told a media briefing that the signing occurred after two years of consultation with the ADS.

Tjivikua in brief said the key projects under the LOI, include the development of a Virtual Space Data Centre and collaboration with Airbus in the academic realm.

According to Tjivikua the Centre will allow access to Namibia through a virtual port that can task Airbus satellites to collect relevant archives for Namibia and data will be made available to government ministries and various entities.

“The centre will find wide applications in the fields of aviation, maritime and land transportation, urbanization, mapping and surveying, sustainable agriculture and many others,” he added.

Furthermore he said that through the partnership, both parties intend to collaborate on developing academic postgraduate program in various fields of Aerospace Technology, which in turn will push the boundaries of technology in Namibia.

“Consequently, NUST looks forward to fruitful exchanges of ideas with experts from varying disciplines and backgrounds with the ‘Airbus Academy’ and French Universities,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tjivikua hopes that the LOI will lead to a formal agreement of collaboration which will facilitate that both parties work towards mutually beneficial academic and research program, and foster exchange program for academic staff and students with Airbus in the near future. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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