There are seven public entities that act as the implementing arms of the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation.
National Council for Higher Education (NCHE)
The NCHE was established by an Act of Parliament (Act No. 26 of 2003) to advise the government on issues related to higher education. The entity is responsible for promoting the establishment of a coordinated higher education system, the access of students to higher education institutions, and quality assurance in higher education. In addition, the NCHE advises on the allocation of moneys to public higher education institutions.
University of Namibia (UNAM)
(UNAM) is the largest and leading national institution of higher education in Namibia. The institution offers an array of internationally benchmarked courses that produce graduates capable of driving public and private institutions towards a knowledge-based economy and economic growth.
Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST)
NUST is a tertiary institution that offers higher-level vocational training and academic undergraduate as well as postgraduate degrees in technical subjects and the applied sciences. It comprises six faculties, namely engineering, computing and informatics, health and applied sciences, human sciences, management sciences, and natural resources and spatial sciences.
National Commission on Research Science and Technology (NCRST)
The NCRST was established through an Act of Parliament (Act no 23 of 2004) to promote and ensure the co-ordination, monitoring and supervision of research, science and technology in Namibia. It supports research in all disciplines, including the physical, mathematical and life sciences, as well as human, social and economic sciences.
Namibia Training Authority (NTA)
The NTA is a regulating body entrusted with the effective regulation and funding of the provision of Vocational Education and Training in Namibia. The entity contributes to the establishment of an effective and sustainable system of skills formation that is aligned with the needs of the labour market and that provides the skills required for accelerated development. In addition, the NTA promotes access, equity and quality in Vocational Education and Training.
Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA)
The NQA is a statutory body with oversight of certification and linkages between the various education and training sectors in Namibia. It is responsible for identifying the types and levels of competences needed within any occupational area and for establishing policies and procedures that lead to the required knowledge and skills being recognised and certificated. In addition, it evaluates training offered by public and private providers, and determines whether required knowledge, understanding and skills were being developed.
Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF)
The NSFAF is a development funding institution that was established to contribute to the improvement of Namibia's human capital. The entity’s core function is to provide financial assistance to students in order to enable them to study or conduct research, and more specifically, to facilitate the training of students in prescribed courses or fields of study at approved tertiary institutions.