Known for being a trendsetter in higher education and applied research internationally, the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST) aims to become a leading university in Africa. The Department of Land and Property Sciences (DLPS) at NUST together with the Integrated Land Management Institute (ILMI) are at the forefront of research and outreach in the field of land governance and administration. NUST was selected as a NELGA Node for Southern Africa, because of its proven leadership and track record in academic education, training and research on land governance.
To date, under the NELGA scholarship programme, NUST and PLAAS (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, South Africa) have together granted 11 scholarships (6 masters and 5 PhD’s) on land governance.
The key activities of the NELGA Node and partner institutions in Southern Africa include:
- Conducting a Regional Research Scoping Study;
- Organizing and hosting workshops for researchers and policy-makers;
- Organizing national and regional multi-stakeholder dialogues on topics related to land governance;
- Establishment of a community of practice for academics and practitioners;
- Setting up a repository for data on land related issues;
- Hosting master classes
- Publishing a regional Journal on Land Governance.