IUM Commemorates 25 years of Growth
IUM recently held the Official Opening of its Academic Year 2019 at all its Campuses throughout the country under the theme “A University dedicated to its people’s future”, as it celebrates its 25 years anniversary since it was founded in 1994.
The events were addressed by Hon Dr. David Namwandi, Founder and Chairman of the Governing Council who noted that while the anniversary gave the University good reason to celebrate its journey and successes, it also provided an opportunity to reflect on what it had taken to bring the University to where it is today. Hon. Dr. Namwandi noted that the journey of IUM especially in its formative years was full of challenges and adversities but through resilience and perseverance, and with God on its side, the University emerged victorious and more determined than ever to remain focused on its vision and mission.
While noting its growth, the Founder and Chairman said that the University could not afford to be static lest it be declared obsolete or irrelevant as the world was all about negation of the old and generation of the new. Hence, he said IUM was obliged to equip its graduates with skills that spoke to the current industry and armed them with 21st century skills which would strengthen their capacity in the future.
Hon. Dr. Namwandi added that with regards to employment, the expansion of the job market was required which would only be possible when graduates were equipped with the necessary academic and technical skills. These skills are key as they would enable the graduates to compete effectively and create work and wealth through the establishment of firms and projects. It was for that reason that IUM in its last curricular review included the entrepreneurship component in all its programmes.
In his welcome message, Prof. Kingo Mchombu, IUM Acting Vice-Chancellor stated that students had chosen wisely to come to IUM and hoped that their potential would be fully realised during their stay at the University. He noted that IUM, like all universities all over the world, was an institution driven by three basic principles, namely: teaching and learning, research and production of knowledge, and community engagement.
Meanwhile, this year IUM will embark on various ventures, amongst others, the student employment process to equip students with the necessary skills and experience; launch of the Rural Development Centre in Kavango West through its Nkurenkuru Campus aimed at community building and empowerment; infrastructural development at its Main Campus in Dorado Park and Ongwediva Campus; and hosting of a Research Conference.