The Bachelor of Regional and Rural Development Honours will be awarded to students credited with a minimum of 120 NQF credits at NQF Level 8. In addition, students should meet the administrative and financial requirements as spelt out in Part 1 of the NUST Yearbook.
Applicants may be admitted to this programme if they have a Bachelor of Regional and Rural Development (NQF Level 7) degree from NUST.
Applicants with an equivalent, relevant qualification at NQF Level 7, worth at least 360 credits, from recognised tertiary education institutions, may be accepted or may be required to enrol for selected undergraduate courses if the Department deems it necessary to address critical gaps in the core competencies of regional and rural development. These courses may be taken concurrently with the Bachelor of Regional and Rural Development Honours programme.
Applicants with a Polytechnic of Namibia National Diploma in Land Use Planning may be considered for admission, provided they had completed undergraduate courses in the core competencies of regional and rural development. They may be exempted from the above-mentioned undergraduate courses if they have at least three years of applicable working experience and show competence in the field, based on a portfolio of relevant work undertaken at an acceptable standard.
Applicants may be required to attend a pre-selection interview and/or test at the discretion of the Departmental Selection Committee.
Graduates can be employed in the field of integrated regional and rural development planning, for example as development planners, community development officers, community liaison officers, conservancy managers, project managers, rural enterprise and industrial development officers and disaster management officers, the public sector at national, regional and local levels, state-owned enterprises, the private sector, non-governmental organisations and international development organisations. Although the emphasis is on Namibia, graduates will have the knowledge, skills and competencies to enter the international job market, as the NQF is recognised internationally.