From 21-24 May 2017 the Department hosted an esteemed validation panel consisting of representatives from both the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) and the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA). The UnconditionalValidation of the B Arch and B Arch Hons programmes by SACAP; and unconditional validation of the B Arch by the CAA; equates the NUST programmes to schools of architecture in amongst others Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Hong Kong, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Sri Lanka, and the United Kingdom. In addition; SACAP has recently been mandated to validate schools in the Southern African Region under the Canberra Accord, also signed by National Accreditation Boards of Canada, China, the CAA, South Korea, Mexico and the United States. NUST is the first school to be recommended for validation under this new dispensation, allowing an even wider international recognition of its qualifications for the benefit of students.
Previously, a major milestone in the Department’s development was reached in April 2016 when the Namibia Council of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (NCAQS) granted the Bachelor of Architecture (B Arch) and the Bachelor of Architecture Honours (B Arch Hons) programmes Unconditional Validationfor the period 2016-2020. The programme validation opened the way for mounting of new programmes, especially the 2-year Master of Architecture (M Arch) that will allow graduates to register as professional architects after passing the requirements for professional registration. The M Arch was first implemented in 2017 and the first graduates are expected in 2018. A second addition to the offering is the 3-year Bachelor of Quantity Surveying (BQS) programme which also had its first intake in 2017.