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Tracer Studies

Tracer studies or Graduate surveys constitute one form of empirical study aimed at providing information for evaluating the outcomes of teaching and learning of a specific institution of higher learning. Graduates after two years of their graduation are expected to reflect on the study facilities, conditions and provisions at their higher education institutions from their own viewpoints.

Internal and External Quality Assurance Tool

Information obtained from Graduate surveys is useful for strengthening the internal quality assurance systems of Institutions of Higher Learning. In terms of external efficiency of the programme, graduate surveys uncover the extent of relevance of the degrees and certificates obtained to the labour market demand for services.

Purpose of Graduate Survey

The main objective of the National Graduate Survey is to evaluate the quality of the higher education by assessing the general impact of the programmes on the graduates and its external efficiency, with the aim of improving higher education system so that it can contribute more effectively to the country's social and economic development. The specific objectives of Graduate surveys are:

  1. Assess the impact of the quality and content of academic programmes.
  2. Assess whether the graduates have enhanced their understanding, professionalism, prospects to find employment and advanced in their careers.
  3. Identify the sectors where the graduates are employed.
  4. Establish the rate of employment amongst the graduates.
  5. Reflect on the study facilities, conditions and provisions at higher education institutions from the viewpoints of the graduates.
  6. Assess the impact of the qualifications on graduates’ employability.
  7. Establish the conditions of employment among the graduates.
  8. Establish the usefulness of the study programme to graduates’ employment.
  9. Determine the links between job search and employment.

The tracer studies conducted by the higher education institutions ( IUM,UNAM, and NUST) form part of a national collaborative project, NAMTRACE (Namibia Tracer Studies), initiated by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).

Significance of Graduate Surveys

The findings from graduate surveys are useful in the improvement of the study programmes in the revision of the curricula, and more importantly for the country, they provide to government and the general public indicators of the external efficiency of the education programme.

Please see the last Graduate Survey Report Here>>

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Prof. Arowolo

Dear Graduates,

The Office of Vice Chancellor of the International University of Management (IUM) kindly requests your participation in a survey of graduates who completed their studies in 2017 and 2018. The Survey runs from March 10th 2021 to May 10th 2021

We would like to assess the relevance of your qualifications in your employment. We would also like to know whether you are employed and whether your qualifications have enabled you to operate well in your job.

Mainly, the improvement of the study programmes and more specifically, the revision of the curricula, are the core objectives of the graduate survey. As such, information collected from this survey will be useful for government policies and programmes on employment, and in improving our current programmes and re-designing additional ones in future at IUM.

Your information will be treated with strict confidentiality. The results will be published in such a way that identification of individuals is excluded.

Results of this survey will be published on the website of IUM (www.ium.edu.na).

Thank you very much in advance for your support.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Oladele O. Arowolo, PhD
Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic & Research

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