Growth at Nkurenkuru Campus Surpasses Expectations
From left: Dr. Mpasi Katewa, Regional Chief Executive- Kavango West Region, Mr. Gerry Munyama, Director of Marketing, Communication and Public Relations at IUM, the Majesty King of Ukwangali Traditional Authority, Hompa Eugen Siwombe Kudumo, Dr. Naftal Ngalangi, Nkurenkuru Campus Director and Dr. Demus Makuwa , Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor for Administration and Management
The IUM Nkurenkuru Campus recently held its official opening of the 2018 academic year. The newly appointed Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor for Administration and Management at IUM, Dr. Demus Makuwa officiated at the event.
In his keynote address, Dr. Makuwa said that the phenomenal developments at Nkurenkuru Campus would not have been possible without the hard work, commitment, cooperation, and collaboration of many IUM partners and stakeholders. He thanked the government,the Kavango West Regional Council in particular for providing an enabling environment for IUM to play a meaningful role in the socio-economic development of the region at large.
Established in 2015 with less than 100 students who attended classes in rented facilities, this year the Campus has registered over 500 students who are enrolled in Certificate, Diploma and Degree programmes.
The Nkurenkuru Campus was established in response to the growing demand for higher education in the Kavango regions and other northern regions in Namibia. Its establishment was a landmark in the socio-economic development of the Kavango West Region in the sense that higher education services have been brought to the door steps of the people of this region.
Bringing higher education to the door steps of the people who needed it most meant the previous challenges of long distances to the nearest higher education institutions and the transport costs had been alleviated. The campus has thus become a relief to many students and parents.
In addition, the presence of the state-of-the-art campus is also contributing to the local economic activities by creating employment opportunities and availing conference facilities in the community.
This year, the University will continue to invest and develop the Nkurenkuru Campus and other Campuses with relevant facilities, equipment and other measures that are aimed at ensuring improved quality of education service delivery at the campus.
One such development is the on-going recruitment of qualified academic and administrative staff to cater for the growing student population.
Another new development is the provision of video conferencing services which the University has recently acquired. This will enable a direct link of live lecture sessions between Nkurenkuru and other campuses.
Additionally, in continuous efforts to advance the learning environment and service delivery for the benefit of its students, plans for the completion of the remaining phases of the Nkurenkuru Campus including the hostel facilities for both male and female students are also underway.
The event was graced by the Majesty King of Ukwangali Traditional Authority, Hompa Eugen Siwombe Kudumo who highlighted that the traditional authority opened doors for students from low-income families to get financial aid for their studies. He further expressed his appreciation to IUM for establishing a campus in Nkurenkuru.