IUM had many successes in 2013: Namwandi

12 Feb 2014 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 FEB (NAMPA) – The Vice-Chancellor of the International University of Management (IUM) says the university had many academic successes last year.
Speaking at the official opening of IUM's 2014 academic year in the capital on Wednesday, Virginia Namwandi said such successes include the development and approval of new programmes in the field of nursing, educational leadership and management as well as public policy and management.
She added that the much-anticipated MBA was also approved by the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA), noting that these programmes are already being rolled out and their demand during the ongoing registration is very encouraging - an indication that IUM continues to provide relevant programmes.
The IUM’s Masters in HIV and Honours Degree in Digital Communication were also registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
The expansion of its existing programmes up to Master’s degree and doctorate level is also at an advanced stage, with a number of them having already been submitted to the NQA, said Namwandi.
She further said IUM is in the final stages of a curriculum review which will see “exciting” adjustments being made to its current programmes.
Infrastructural growth is also evident, as 2013 witnessed the completion of a lecture hall with a capacity of 400 students at the university’s Dorado Park campus.
“This will go a long way in complementing the existing lecture space,” she noted.
The first hostel block which will house a total of 173 female students, has also just been completed and will open its doors to the first batch of resident students on 01 March 2014.
Also under construction in Dorado Park is a building which will cater for lecture halls and offices, and will be able to accommodate a total of 1 200 students.
The construction of an additional lecture hall that will seat 400 students at the Ongwediva campus is also nearing completion.
Additional lecture space has been acquired to cater for the ever-growing student population at Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, she said.
“With these examples, one can see that IUM is growing. We must be clear however that this growth is not a mere coincidence, but is a result of careful planning to ensure that IUM continues to be the top provider of high quality, relevant education and training,” stressed Namwandi.