Prof. Oladele O. Arowolo
The International University of Management (IUM) was granted the status of a degree granting university 17 years ago, precisely on 26 October 2002. In less than two decades, IUM has become one of Africa’s most reputable higher institutions of learning. IUM is a not-for-profit private institution, with campuses in Windhoek, Ongwediva, Nkurenkuru and Coastal (Walvis Bay), Namibia.
In recent years, following a restructuring of its academic programmes to ensure their quality and relevance, there are now six faculties: Education; Business Administration; Health and Social Sciences; Strategic Management & Leadership; Information and Communication Technology; and Tourism, Hospitality & Events Management. The Centre for Improved Institutional Performance offers traditional short courses and Soft Skill training for private and public sectors.
The University has also expanded its programme in terms of the relevance, quality, depth and range of qualifications offered and their usefulness to students within the context of the dynamics of the labour market. By 2018 a total of 57 qualifications were accredited by NQA bringing the total number of accredited qualifications offered by the university to 62.
IUM has taken giant strides by moving from a largely teaching to both a teaching and a research higher institution The University has established a Research and Consultancy Centre to carry out 3 main functions, namely: Advisory services; Intellectual Property; and Applied Research and training. As part of its cooperation and networking with interested and relevant agencies, in 2019 the 1st IUM Research Conference was successfully organized in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Office in Namibia.
During the course of the 2015-2019 the university expanded its infrastructure with the completion of the multi-million Namibian dollar “Tunana” building which consists of academic staff offices, lecture halls, and classrooms to accommodate more than 1,500 students per seating. Another multi-million Namibian dollar double story complex was completed for the Nkurenkuru campus. The new building consists of staff offices, lecture halls, classrooms, a library equipped with computers and a separate computer laboratory for students. There was a new administrative block constructed at Ongwediva Campus consisting of offices and a server room.
Between 2015 and 2019, the student enrolment increased from 8002 to 10171, which represents a 27% overall increment over the 5 year period. PhD qualifications were introduced in 2017. Over the 5 years, there was a notable increase in the enrolment of the postgraduate qualifications particular at Master’s degree level. The number of our graduating students has also expanded appreciably during this Plan period, from 1,177 in 2015 to 2,111 in 2019. During the past five years, the university had graduated a total 8726 students.
The IUM’s quality assurance system continued to expand and improve its operations by providing important management information that was generated through quality audit of operations by conducting site visits to all campuses, and the quality assurance of all reviewed qualifications and the development of new ones.
The Centre for Work Integrated Learning and Internship (WIL-I) manages the implementation of Faculty-based programmes of internship, which exposes our students to relevant work experience and thus prepares them for the world of work.
In rethinking our future strategies and mode of operation, the Distance and E-Learning Centre has been established and a full time Distance Learning Coordinator has been appointed. When fully operational, the centre will facilitate IUM online programme delivery within the campuses in Namibia and internationally.
Prof. Oladele O. Arowolo