I am delighted to welcome you to the 2016 academic year and I am looking forward to all the promises that 2016 has in store and will bring to us.
In preparation for 2016, the entire IUM team was hard at work all the way through 2015 and achieved a significant result. I am particularly delighted to announce that the University has received its re-accreditation from our regulators, the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA). The re-accreditation is a stamp of approval which assures you, our customers and stakeholders, of the quality of our operations and, ultimately, the quality of our programmes. As we develop new market- driven programmes, we will continue to work hand-in-hand with the NQA to ensure that we continue to deliver the types of programmes that will contribute to the attainment of Vision 2030.
After a full academic year of operations, our Nkurenkuru Campus is thriving and growing. The construction of a hightech campus building is already underway following a ground breaking ceremony held in August 2015. We hope to complete construction by December 2016.This new building will allow us to expand the programmes already on offer at the Nkurenkuru Campus and give us an opportunity to work more closely with the Kavango West Community
Whilst on the subject of construction, at the Dorado Park Campus we were honoured to have our new academic block The Tunana Building inaugurated on 13 August 2015 by H.E. President Hage Geingob duly represented by H.E. Dr. Nickey Iyambo, Vice President of the Republic of Namibia. The building now houses our academic staff in luxurious purpose-built offices. In addition, six new lecture halls offer a total seating capacity of 1500 along with designated cafeteria and rest areas for students and staff. The completion of the Tunana Building gives us the opportunity to comfortably accommodate our current students and new students for 2016.
Our efforts to contribute directly to the National Human Resources plan have been geared up with the introduction of new Executive Development Programmes to be delivered in 2016 by the Centre for Institutional Improvement and Performance (CIIP). The Centre’s flagship Management Development Programme offers training and career development for new managers all the way through to senior managers. Other career development programmes offered by the Centre will include professional training for Insurance and Sales, Information Technology and Office Administration.
Whilst setting our goals for 2016, we have committed to better service delivery to ensure that your time with us will be a memorable and happy experience. We have every confidence in your abilities and we are committed to supporting you in every way that we can. The Office of the Dean of Students can be found in the Tunana Building and is your first port of call for additional information about any aspect of University life.
This prospectus gives you information on all of our programmes and the rules and regulations of the University. I encourage you to familiarise yourself with the appropriate content as this will make it simpler for you to manage your studies and to know what is expected of you and when. It is important to strike a balance between your studies and social life and I do strongly encourage you to play your part and commit yourself to completing your studies successfully. I challenge you to set a goal for yourself in order to achieve this academic objective.
I wish you all the best in your endeavours for 2016.
Mrs. Virginia W. Namwandi