By Confidente Reporter
THE International University of Management (IUM) leadership witnessed another landmark achievement for the university this week, when it inaugurated and opened a state of the art building, its new campus in Nkurenkuru, Kavango West.
In her welcoming remarks Kavango West governor Sirkka Ausiku said the new campus symbolises the future and growth of the region, in particular Nkurenkuru as a modern town. She added that the region’s citizens and communities will no longer have to travel long distances in search of university education and training.
“IUM responded to our call, and brought unhesitatingly its facilities to us when others are still pondering and wavering. As a region, we extend our warm arms of friendship and cooperation to investors and businesspeople who have already come to our region and town and those that are planning to come to make Kavango West their regional home and base,” said Ausiku.
In his speech, the International University of Management founder and chair Dr. David Namwandi insisted that the fact that IUM is still around after 22 years of formation is a clear testimony that they are delivering the goods and their programmes are demand driven.
He said IUM is a demand driven university because most the programmes the university offers are a request from the university’s stakeholders such the Ministry of Health and Social Service (MoHSS) that requested them to start the nursing programme; and other stakeholders like the Namibia National Teachers Union (NANTU) that requested the university to run several teaching programmes in 2011. Namwandi further disclosed that all of these programmes are oversubscribed and the university will continue to move and grow according to their stakeholders’ demands and aspirations.
He added that next year the university will further welcome newly mounted insurance programmes that were developed in accordance with insurance companies’ requests which are; Certificate in Health and Wellness Studies, Diploma and Bachelor degree in Health and Wellness Studies, Diploma in Education ( Pre and Junior Primary), Bachelor of Education Honours (Pre and Junior primary), Master in International Relations, Diplomacy and Management, Master of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management, Master of Science in Information Technology, Master of Education (Educational Leadership and Management Policy), Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in Information Communication Technology.
Namwandi understands that in order to meet the university’ stakeholders half way, IUM council has decided some years back to annually sponsor at least 10 deserving students from disadvantaged backgrounds. “So every year we plough back not less than N$150 000 in sponsoring students who pursue their studies at International University of Management,” he said.
The David Namwandi Trust (DNT) assists young graduates especially from IUM, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the University of Namibia (UNAM) and other private institutions with startup capital as he believes that this pilot study will motivate the graduates to create employment and wealth for themselves and others.
Namwandi concluded by stating that all of the university’ achievements are not due to individual effort but through concerted efforts.
“In fact the university is driven by a formidable force, the Namibian nation assisted by the international community,” he concluded.
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