By Eliaser Ndeyanale
A trust owned by former education minister David Namwandi’s family will empower graduates on entrepreneurial skills.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony of 1 700 students at the International University of Management (IUM) in Windhoek this week, Namwandi said his family trust would select 25 graduates from IUM, two from the University of Namibia (Unam), two from University of Science and Technology (NUST) and another two from other tertiary institutions in the country, to carry a pilot study and assist them financially to establish businesses of their choice.
“After they become successful they will pay back that money to help others. We will stick to that and we are sure we will succeed,” said Namwandi.
He said that there is a demand challenge of which higher education institutions must take the lead to ensure that the challenges are turned into opportunities for all. “As we embark on this thorny path, efforts should be directed towards instilling a sense of ethics and positive attitude in our graduates and equip them with skills of adaptation, taking into account that we are training for the global village,” he noted.
Namwandi also dismissed talk about how his university benefits from Government subsidies.
“They must keep guessing and guessing while we are pressing on. All I can say is let the Thomases and our detractors know that our strength lies in our people who have since our inception put their confidence in us; all we are left to do is to deliver the goods,” he said.
Speaking at the same event Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila commended IUM on its consistent expansion since its beginnings in 1994 and its official launch in 2002.
She reminded graduates that after leaving the institution they are faced with a global economy and Namibia’s own economy, both of which are struggling, saying: “Our nation is facing tough challenges and trade-offs.”
She therefore believes the graduates will offer new ideas and new energy to meet the challenges Namibia faces as a country.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Virginia Namwandi also alluded to the socio-economic challenges lying ahead of the graduates coupled with unemployment which continues to spike.
“Everyone has challenges the key is finding ways to overcome them. You will ultimately succeed at whatever you do if you never forget the value of persistence, discipline and determination,” she advised.
The University Chancellor retired Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) Bishop Kleopas Dumeni reminded graduates that more lay ahead of them as they persuade their dreams.
“In fact this graduation only marks the end of one road, but the beginning of another, which will be more daunting … the road to life and reality.”
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