Known for being a trendsetter in higher education and applied research internationally, the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST) aims to become the leading university in Africa. The Department of Land and Property Sciences (DLPS) offers relevant degrees at undergraduate and post-graduate level including master and doctorate degrees. The Department of Land and Property Sciences (DLPS) at NUST together with the Integrated Land Management Institute (ILMI) are playing a leading role in research and outreach in the field of land governance and administration.


The purpose of NELGA (Network of Excellence for Land Governance in Africa) is to enhance the role of selected African Universities and academic institutions in support of land policy development, implementation and monitoring. 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 NUST as a regional NELGA node has granted 6 scholarships (4 masters and 2 PhD’s) on land governance via the DAAD scholarship. The node is in the processes of identifying partner institutions for full implementation of the NELGA activities. One of the key work packages is to establish a regional node for NELGA Southern Africa. Many other activities are planned for implementation across the various work packages and these include;

  • Introduction and promotion of NELGA node in the region,
  • Conducting a Regional Research Scoping Study,
  • Regional Journal on land governance,
  • hosting master classes
  • Community of practice and
  • Setting up a repository for data


NUST doubling as co-organiser recently participated in a conference titled “Partnership for Action: Improving Land Governance in Africa”. The conference was held in Pretoria, South Africa on 15-17 August 2017. NUST used this platform to promote NELGA by organising a side event and round table discussion. The outcome of this exercises was the identification of possible areas of cooperation and partnerships between potential partner institutions.

Leadership Structure

Mutjinde Katjiua's picture

Prof Mutjinde Katjiua (Coordinator)


Theodor Muduva

Mr Theodor Muduva (Regional Advisor: NELGA Southern Africa)


Muna Anguwo

Ms. Muna Anguwo (Secretariat / Project Coordinator)