First cohort to embark on Youth for Green Hydrogen Scholarship Programme mobility phase

WINDHOEK: Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation Natalia Goagoses on Tuesday announced that 49 Master’s Degree students from the first cohort of the Youth for Green Hydrogen Scholarship Programme are to embark on the mobility phase of the programme.

The mobility phase involves students travelling to German academic and research institutions for one semester which begins in April 2024.

Speaking at the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) Green Hydrogen Symposium, Goagoses said all 49 students have been successfully placed at German academic and research institutes.

‘The Federal Ministry of Education and Research and SASSCAL have agreed to collaborate with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to support the mobility of our students to Germany. To this end, DAAD has recently selected 28 extraordinary students to participate in the prestigious DAAD Green Hydrogen fellowship and embark on a transformative academic mobility
stay in Germany between April and May 2024,’ Gaogoses said.

She said the ministry has played a bilateral role in the establishment of the Namibian Youth for Green Hydrogen scholarship programme and the programme has created opportunities for many Namibian youth, a step towards building a green hydrogen-ready workforce.

The scholarship programme has been designed to primarily target undergraduates, graduates and those interested in advancing in the field of green hydrogen. It offers scholarships to Namibians between the ages of 18 and 35 years, in two categories related to green hydrogen.

The first is a Master’s Degree in disciplines such as applied sciences, renewable energy and sustainable systems, and the second focuses on technical and vocational training TVET certificate level one to level five.

The programme has so far awarded 181 scholarships since its first intake of 62 Master’s students and 29 TVET students in 2022, followed by 90, with 78 students successfully registered with institutions of high
er learning and TVET institutions, in 2023.

The symposium was held under the theme ‘Green Hydrogen in Practice: Pilot Projects and Y4GH2 Scholarships.’

Source: The Namibia Press Agency