Namibia University of Science and Technology Act

The Polytechnic of Namibia had for a number of years attempted to change its name and its mandate to that of  Namibia University of Science and Technology. The institution intermittently adopted the name on its web site and in much of its official communication. This, however, was against the law that established the institution. In August 2010 the motion was stopped by cabinet, stating upcoming overall changes to the Namibian education sector as the reason to decline the name change.

More than two years later in December 2012 cabinet instructed the Ministry of Education to grant the Polytechnic of Namibia university status and a change to the desired name. Part of the transition process was the phasing out of one-year Diploma and one-semester Certificate courses within five years. In 2015 the new act was gazetted and the name change became official.