Pohamba hails IUM in Kavango West

01 Dec 2016 18:10pm
NKURENKURU, 01 DEC (NAMPA) – The establishment of the International University of Management (IUM) campus in Nkurenkuru will have a positive impact on the town, Namibia and southern African region, former president Hifikepunye Pohamba has said.
In a statement read on his behalf during the inauguration of the campus on Tuesday, Pohamba said he has no doubt that the value and relevance of the establishment and expansion of the Nkurenkuru campus in the Kavango West Region will be felt for many years to come.
The facility worth N.dollars 24 million, he said, will have a positive impact not only on the town, constituency and region but its presence will be felt beyond Namibia’s borders into the Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc).
Pohamba said it is important to note that sustainable development initiatives should be people-centred, focusing on employment creation, the reduction of inequality and eradication of poverty.
He said the establishment of higher education institutions should aim at bringing about a balance between rural and urban development in efforts to address the high urban migration trend.
“Through this new academic building, IUM will be able to provide education to students from both Kavango East and West regions as well as from the neighbouring regions such as Zambezi, Otjozondjupa, Oshikoto and Ohangwena.”
He pointed out that one of the key objectives of the Sadc Protocol on Education and Training is to share higher education resources and experience among the 15 member states.