WINDHOEK: The increase in the number of Grade 12 learners seeking placement at the International University of Management (IUM) has been a challenge for the university, as it cannot absorb all applicants.
IUM marketing and communications’ officer Gloria Karika said thus in a media statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday.
The university celebrates its 10th anniversary this week.
Karika said the placement of students has been a challenge, as IUM constantly aims to accommodate all students who apply and qualify for the various academic disciplines and programmes offered there.
Following the construction and inauguration of the Dorado Park Campus in the capital, a second phase of construction is now being planned.
Phase Two will include the construction of a hostel and new lecture halls, with the building plans already having been approved by the City of Windhoek.
Karika further explained that IUM’s city branch, located in Bahnhoff Street, has been expanded with two new blocks which accommodate 250 seats, while the Walvis Bay and Ongwediva campuses have each also gained an additional 100 seats in its lecture halls.
The university has acquired an additional 57 551 square metres of land next to its Dorado Park campus.
“All these developments are part of a bigger project, and the university is excited to absorb more students in future,” the marketing and communications officer said.
She further noted that the opening of the university’s branches at Ongwediva, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay was an achievement as this opened the door to higher education for more Namibians.
Being the first and only private university in Namibia has been challenging in terms of instilling trust in the community, and getting prospective students to join the institution.
This has, however, changed tremendously throughout the years, and the university continues to persevere in its quest to serve the nation, she added.
“Most institutions wish to produce good quality products, and IUM is no exception. However, to do this, we need to recruit and retain global talent. These include deans, researchers and professors,” Karika stated.
The demand for these individuals makes them mobile, and acquiring and retaining them thus remains a challenge.
Meanwhile, Karika said given the magnitude of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, the IUM plays a significant role in the education of workers in this industry by being the first university in Africa to deliver a Master’s degree in HIV/AIDS Management.
The university now also has a faculty which offers courses in travel, tourism and hospitality, while its Faculty of Information Technology now offers Digital Communication Technology courses.