Namibians should support and appricate IUM: Nujoma

30 Sep 2017 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 30 SEP (NAMPA) – Founding President, Sam Nujoma has called on Namibians to appreciate and support efforts put into setting up institutions of higher learning such as the International University of Namibia (IUM).
“I am somewhat disheartened to note that there are still some Namibians today who do not appreciate the patriotic efforts of our people such as this one,” said Nujoma at the 13th IUM graduation ceremony held here on Friday.
Nujoma said IUM does not only train Namibians but also provides employment to hundreds more, which is laudable and should be appreciated by everyone.
Meanwhile, the Founder and Chairperson of IUM, David Namwandi echoed Nujoma’s sentiments and thanked past and present students who chose to experience IUM for themselves and not to give in to the misinformation that is normally circulated.
“This misinformation comes from people who have never, as much as laid a foot at the gates of our campuses, leave alone visit the state-of-the-art facilities, pursue our curricula or even care to know the calibre of our academics,” said Namwandi.
In his address Nujoma emphasised that the journey of transforming IUM into the institution it is today was not easy, describing the university as a private sector initiative which answered his invitation in 2002 to join Government in making Namibia an education-driven and knowledge-based economy.
“Today, I would like to throw out another challenge to all of us, especially to our business community to make your involvement and investment in Namibia’s education as an integral part of your corporate and social responsibility.”
Over 2 500 students graduated from IUM’s six campuses country-wide in various disciplines such as business administration, finance management, education leadership, HIV/AIDS management, business information system and human resource management.