I am pleased to write this message as IUM enters 15 years of its existence as a fully-fledged University. The aim of IUM is to become part of the global knowledge society as it is now a powerhouse in the system of private higher education in the country. We provide world class quality education and are a Centre of Excellence in academics. We take pride in our dynamic and outstanding faculty, innovative pedagogical practices, state-of-art infrastructure, and multi-disciplinary academic programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels in six (6) faculties.
We are satisfied that IUM has made steady sustainable progress during this period in terms of the expansion of its academic programmes, physical infrastructure, campus network, and highly qualified and experienced academic and administrative staff. IUM also houses a School of Health Sciences, a School of Postgraduate Studies, a Centre for Improved Institutional Performance, and a Distance and Open Learning Centre. IUM will continue to offer market related academic programmes during 2017 as well as short courses, consultancy, and distance education.
In addition, IUM will during 2017 expand and foster its educational programmes at the newly inaugurated Nkurenkuru campus especially since the new building at the IUM Nkurenkuru campus provides modern state-of-the-art facilities. Provision and access to higher education at the Nkurenkuru campus will act as a regional growth pole for Kavango West and neighbouring regions by producing the required human resources, creating employment opportunities, encouraging small and micro-businesses, and curtailing rural-urban migration substantially. Another important aspect to look forward to in 2017 is IUM`s commitment to offering new experience in the fields of education and research. The envisaged IUM Graduate Innovation and Enterprise Academy (GIEA) is committed to offering entrepreneurial experience to young educated people who are unemployed in order to boost and foster entrepreneurial development as part and parcel of economic growth in the country. The university has also introduced innovation and entrepreneurship courses/modules throughout the degree programmes to ensure that students graduating from IUM are not only job seekers but job creators as well.
The new-look IUM website offers a fresh, easy-to-navigate, modern and professional tool to know your University of choice even better. IUM is committed to promoting and sustaining academic excellence and socially relevant education. I am confident that the year 2017 will be a very successful academic year supporting the realization of your educational goals.
On behalf of the IUM Governing Council and entire IUM Family, I wish you all the best in your academic pursuits.
Prof. Kingo Mchombu