13 Dec 2018 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 13 DEC (NAMPA) The International University of Management (IUM), through its founder and chairperson Dr David Namwandi, launched its e-learning and e-library platforms on Thursday at the main campus in Windhoek.
The platforms will enable lecturers and students to interact online beyond the classroom while the e-library platform provides students with an opportunity to access academic content online, including general reading books and books relating to particular courses.
It further allow lecturers to engage in real-time video conferencing that can accommodate up to 200 students to share computer screens.
Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kingo Mchombu praised the initiative pioneered by the Information Communication Technology-University (ICT-U) Foundation and the International Centre for IT and Development.
He said these platforms are tailored for young people.
There will thus be ICT training for unemployed youth in urban and rural areas to prepare them for the job market, he stated.
The professor added that the online programmes will eventually allow students to pursue courses ranging from low-end to postgraduate doctoral degree level, while highlighting that some programmes will be offered by ICT-U at a reasonable price.
Mchombu further encouraged strategic partnerships with institutions domestically and internationally as they are crucial for institutional success in todays marketplace.
President of the Board of Trustees for ICT-U, Professor Victor Mbarika shared Mchombus sentiments, saying that partnership, especially among international counterparts, is key to success.
Furthermore, grants are still needed to do great research to advance the world, he added.
He was impressed with the state of technology at IUM, describing it as very advanced, noting that the only constraint these platforms will face is the internet. The strength and pace of the internet are important factors when using such platforms.
Namwandi praised the international partnerships and motivated the foundation to invest more in the country, thereby strengthening relationships.
Now our students will be able to access many books across the world and for that we are grateful, he emphasised.