WINDHOEK: The International University of Management (IUM) celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday evening in the capital.
Guest of honour, Former Namibian president, Dr Sam Nujoma commended IUM for upholding the high standard set by the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA), and for progressively gaining acceptance of, and credibility with national and international bench-marked universities and tertiary institutions.
The Founding Father of the Namibian Nation launched IUM 10 years ago, and on Friday commended the founders of the institution for living up to the vision, mission and targets they set for themselves 10 years ago.
“I am indeed gratified to see that the seed planted 10 years ago is not only growing but bearing fruit, and making significant contributions to the socio-economic development of our country,” said Nujoma.
He particularly commended IUM Vice-Chancellor, Virginia Namwandi, and the management and staff for rising to the challenge of facilitating access to the youth, and providing them with the necessary skills that will help Namibia fight against poverty, diseases and ignorance.
Nujoma said that in order to enhance the education and training sector’s contribution to the attainment of strategic national development goals, all stakeholders need to be involved in educating and training Namibians.
“This will also enable Namibia to facilitate the nation’s transition to a knowledge-based economy,” he added.
The Founding Father noted that all over the world, the burden of educating and training a nation cannot be the sole responsibility of the government alone, saying this responsibility has to be borne by all stakeholders.
Nujoma, therefore, appealed to the private sector and the country’s development partners to fund and invest in the education of Namibia’s youth, in order to produce a critical mass of the much-needed skilled human resources.
Since its establishment, IUM’s student population has grown from under 1 000 to over 6 500 currently.
It has also grown from 11 academic programmes to over 33 programmes, with geographical presence and coverage within Namibia in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and several international partnerships and alliances.