Dr Sam Nujoma Commends IUM at 10th Anniversary Celebrations
CELEBRATING SUCCESS: The Vice-Chancellor of the International University of Management (IUM), Virginia Namwandi, and Founding Father of the Nation Dr Sam Nujoma toast to the 10th anniversary of the institution.
The Founding Father has expressed his appreciation to the staff and leadership of IUM for making a significant contribution to the social development of Namibia.
Former Namibian president Dr Sam Nujoma has commended the International University of Management (IUM) for providing Namibians with the necessary skills to fight against poverty, diseases and ignorance.He was speaking at IUM 10th anniversary celebrations the Friday. He congratulated the founders of the institution for living up to the vision, mission and targets they set for themselves 10 years ago.
“I am indeed gratified to see that the seed planted 10 years ago is not only growing, but bearing fruit, and making significant contributions to the socio-economic development of our country,” said Nujoma.
He particularly commended IUM Vice-Chancellor, Virginia Namwandi and the management and staff for rising to the challenge of facilitating educational access to the youth - providing them with the necessary skills that will help Namibia fight against poverty, diseases and ignorance.
Nujoma said that in order to enhance the education and training sector’s contribution to the attain-ment of strategic national development goals, all stakeholders need to be involved in educating and training Namibians.
“This will also enable Namibia to facilitate the nation’s transition to a knowledge-based economy,” he added.
The Founding Father noted that all over the world, the burden of educating and training a nation cannot be the sole responsibility of the government alone, saying this responsibility has to be borne by all stakeholders.
Nujoma, therefore, appealed to the private sector and the country’s development partners to fund and invest in the education of Namibia’s youth, in order to produce a critical mass of the much-needed skilled human resources.
Since its establishment, IUM’s student population has grown from under 1 000 to over 6 500 currently.
It has also grown from 11 academic programmes to over 33 programmes, with geographical presence and coverage within Namibia in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and several international partnerships and alliances.
IUM wins at DBN first Good Business Awards
Mrs V.W. Namwandi at the DBN Awards
KARAKULIA Weavers, the International University of Management (IUM) and NamPost walked away with the honours at the Development Bank of Namibia's (DBN) first Good Business Awards last week. Awards were given in the categories of small and medium enterprise (SME), large enterprise and sustainability, for clients who paid off their loans before the end of the loan term. Enviro-Fill, Armstrong and Cenored clinched the runner-up awards in the three categories.
The IUM won in the category for larger enterprises. The university is a private tertiary education institution, which operates in Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Ongwediva. It aims to develop human resources capacity through education, particularly for previously disadvantaged Namibians. The institution offers 33 programmes accredited by the NQA, distance schooling and has presence in Malawi and Botswana.
IUM used DBN finance for the construction of the first phase of its new campus in Windhoek to accommodate a huge increase in the student population.
IUM vice chancellor, Virginia Namwandi, and her husband, David Namwandi, started the institution from their home in 1994. Over 3 000 students have graduated from the institution, and close to 6 000 students are receiving tertiary education there today.
It has a total of 190 employees. It also gives talented graduates the opportunity to enter into a career of lecturing.
One of Governments' main goals is to provide and make education and skills training available and accessible to all Namibians, so that they have the opportunities to equip themselves with the knowledge and practical training for the job market. In this way, they can also create jobs, income and wealth. IUM is an exemplary project, as it impacts local development in terms of education, job creation and skills transfer, the DBN said.
"Everybody has the potential to be the best, but without guidance and skills, therefore education; potential alone will not serve anybody and they will remain in one place," Namwandi said. (The Namibian)
NCHE (Namibia) & CHE (Lesotho) visit IUM
NCHE (Namibia) in-conjunction with CHE (Lesotho) paid a courtesy call to the International University of Management on 12 October 2011 at the IUM Dorado campus, with emphasis on familiarizing CHE Lesotho with the functions of the Namibian tertiary education institutions.
CHE Lesotho was particularly interested in finding out how IUM started off from its humble beginnings, student population, education & teaching quality control mechanism, institution’s funding sources, and IUM relationship with the NCHE.
Responding to the queries posed, the Vice Chancellor, Virginia Namwandi explained that the university started off initially with one student and one employee as the Institute of Higher Education, gradually the institute started offering programmes from the UK accredited by the Association of Business Executives and in its mature age a strategic plan was drafted and endorsed by among others the then Minister of Education Honourable Nahas Angula and launched by the then head of State H.E Dr. Sam Nujoma.
The Vice-Chancellor further explained that the IUM student population is over 6000 students who are hosted at the IUM Dorado campus, IUM City campus, Walvisbay campus, Swakopmund campus, Ongwediva campus, & Institute of Open Learning (IOL).
The discussions concentrated on the various processes that IUM uses to ensure quality delivery of its programmes.
NQA PAYS IUM A VISIT
Following the visit by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) Namibia and CHE Lesotho on 12 October 2011, IUM received another courtesy call from the Director of Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) Franz Gertze and his deputy Asnath Kaperu on 21 October 2011. NQA commended IUM for having developed a diamond vessel (Hi-tech Dorado campus) which according to Gertze will serve the Namibian nation from generation to generation. He further thanked IUM for being a vital partner in providing quality education.
NQA’s aim for visiting was to enlighten IUM on the new NQA accreditation/re-accreditation procedures.
The Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of IUM thanked the NQA team for the visit and their continued support.
Tourism students visit Okapuka Lodge
The first ever educational trip in the International University of Management’s Faculty of Travel, Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management took place on the 30th of September 2011. Eighty (80) students from the faculty participated in this breathtaking and informative activity organized by the faculty Dean, Ms. Snowdiah Mambondiani with assistance of the Student Representative Body. The main aim was to combine theoretical and practical aspects of travel, tourism and hospitality. Tourism and Hospitality is real and practical and these future managers in the industry have to be exposed to the industrial environment in order to enhance their comprehension of the discipline.
The students went on a one-and –half hour game drive and thereafter a tour around the lodges, kitchen, restaurant, conference centre, swimming pool and the garden. The tour guide explained how guests are booked in and the various services available in the various types of rooms including the pricing system. The game drive was the major highlight. It was such a huge experience to all the students. They had a view of different species of animals, birds, vegetation and reptiles on the ranch. They ranged from Giraffes, Springboks, Warthogs, Wildebeest, Eland, Bucks, White Rhinocerous, Oryx, Crocodiles and so on. The tour guides gave a brief description of their lifestyle, breeding patterns, and it was quite educative. The most amazing story is of the Giraffe that sleeps for only 10 minutes in a day and spent more than 20 hours eating.
Okapuka Game Ranch is a typical eco-tourist destination and they strive to maintain everything in its natural state. The animals roam freely on the Ranch and all the facilities and furniture are from natural resources. The main road leading to the lodge and all-inroads are un-tarred. Their main concern is for the reduction of negative environmental impacts while satisfying the needs of the tourists.
It was very beneficial to the students to see and feel the eco-tourism concepts in reality. The students also grasped the concept of recreation, as Windhoek residents can easily escape from the buzz life during their leisure and have an exercusion for a day at the ranch.
Namibia is rich in nature and is capable of developing this product niche of eco-tourism. Tourism brings the whole world together for socializing purposes. Tourism is a very interesting discipline to young people as it moulds one to be a “person of the people”. Tourism as a discipline opens numerous opportunities in the tourism and hospitality management, conservancy management, events management, spa business, tour guiding, front office and customer service in banks, hospitals, clientele services in the telecommunication and transport sectors, to mention but a few.
IT Student makes strides!
Oscar Mwanandimai, a 3rd year Business Information Systems degree student made strides in designing an appealing website for the National Council for Higher Education in Namibia. Asking him how he would describe the website, he noted with a smile that it would be difficult to describe something that one has designed himself and that its better when someone else does it.
Having learnt a lot about application development and internet development in Business Information Systems, Oscar noted that the two aspects made it easy for him to learn how to develop websites as well as execute the skills in the real world of IT. Oscar runs his consultancy business, specializing in web development, graphic designing, drafting of project proposals and presentation, proof reading of novels and sub-editing of books.
Over one thousand students graduate at IUM!
Vice-Chancellor, Virginia Namwandi's Speech at the IUM graduation ceremony held on the 12th August 2011.
Mrs Virginia Namwandi, Vice Chancellor of IUM
A scene such as one displayed here is a testimony that IUM is living its vision which is “To encourage and develop an African cadre of men and women who can operate at international standards in business”.
The University registered the biggest number of students ever and the student population currently stands at 6, 000 this includes full time students as well as distance students pursuing our programmes through IOL and Shareworld Malawi. This represents an increase of 43% from 2010. The growth in student numbers has also led to a growth in the staff complement (both academic and non-academic). The university currently employs a total of 156 full time staff compared to 103 in 2010. the growth was not without challenges as both the infrastructure and systems were thoroughly tested as we tried to address processes such as the registration and examinations. The challenges experienced brought us to the realisation that IUM has grown and we must re-think how to conduct the processes to ensure quality and timely service delivery to our students and sponsors without compromising our standards.
After lengthy discussions and shopping around both locally and internationally, IUM has recently acquired, an integrated management system which is going to smooth out the admissions, student finance, examinations and result processes, and provide much needed data in a timely and error free manner.
Regarding the infrastructure, IUM has this year reached a milestone in its history when on April 26th the new hi-tech campus at dorado was inaugurated by the State President H.E. Dr. Hifikepunye Pohamba in the presence of the Founding President H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma and several local and international dignitaries, who included our Minister of Education and our Patron Hon. Dr. Hage Geingob. This hi-tech campus is equipped with modern state of the art equipment and furniture, first class wireless internet connectivity and security systems which include a CCTV with a total of 26 cameras. The Library is equipped with a 3m detecting device to ensure our books and journals are protected from theft. We also have brought in a Consultant to assist in the establishment of the library at Dorado Campus and the improvement of the Library services in our other branches. The move to the new Dorado Campus has resulted in the creation of a new branch namely the Windhoek city Branch which will host all the non degree programmes and short courses. Discussions with financiers for the next phase to the value of N$71 million are at an advance stage. With the completion and equipping of the Dorado Campus IUM has grown its asset base by N$47 million this year alone. Revenue has increased by 75% from last year. The student numbers at Ongwediva Campus having doubled from last year, following the June intake. Walvisbay Campus also had to hire additional lecture facilities to accommodate the big numbers.
IUM is continually looking at making its courses demand driven and relevant. This year we introduced a new Faculty known as “Faculty of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development”. This will house the departments of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development and department of Industrial Engineering.
IUM students continue to be active in various fields such as Sports as they participate in the TISAN games both locally and internationally. They have also participated in debating activities with other sister institutions. Recently the IUM HIV and AIDS Society conducted a very successful HIV Awareness Campaign and voluntary testing that witnessed an overwhelming number of students coming out to be tested voluntarily, infact, the turnout was so high that the testing company ran out of testing devices before they could attend to all the students who had lined up to be tested!
The IUM academic staffs were also visible in their input during the just concluded National Conference on Education hosted by MOE in June. I am proud to say that our lecturers made IUM proud in their various roles as presenters, panelists and in chairing various sessions. This year IUM has conducted several in house staff development programmes to train our lecturers in areas of lecturing and assessment.
In November 2010, IUM entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Namibia. This MOU will see our two sister institutions collaborating in areas of teaching, exchange of students and staff and also in exchange of information materials among other areas of mutual interest.
Indeed this arrangement will further strengthen our existing structures as we endeavour to perform our core functions of teaching research and community service.
I am pleased to announce that the MOU is active and would once again wish to take the opportunity to sincerely thank the Vice Chancellor of UNAM Prof. Hangula and his team for the cordial relations that exist between UNAM and IUM.
IUM programmes continue to attract interest not just locally but regionally, this year IUM has signed an MOU with Open Window School of Visual Communication that will see us exporting some of our courses to South Africa, making us the first African University to export its programmes to South Africa normally it’s the other way round.
The above, is a glimpse of what the year 2011 has meant for us at IUM. Coming back to what has brought us here today, this year the total number of students who have qualified to graduate at different levels and in the various programmes are 1, 213. This no doubt is the largest number who have qualified at any one graduation.
I wish at this juncture to congratulate all our graduands, those present and those who could not attend the ceremony for various reasons, for their hard work and commitment. This indeed is the day when all your long hours of hard work and being tested pay off. However, as I always say to the graduands every year, your lecturers have done their part to mould you and prepare you for the world of work whether as an employee or a job creator but, ultimately how you fare out there will depend on each one of you as an individual.
Your success will depend on how you apply the knowledge and skills you obtained at IUM. Over and above your already acquired knowledge, I urge you to continue reading as learning never ends. Endeavour to continue improving yourself and challenging yourself continuously.
To the parents and sponsors, thank you for entrusting us with the noble task of imparting knowledge and skills to your children. Education is the one legacy that no one can ever take away from them. To the graduands, congratulations, and best wishes for the future.
AFRICAN CULTURAL AMNESIA NEEDS TO BE CURED NOTED JOHANNES NANYENI DURING THE IUM 2011 CULTURAL FESTIVAL!
As a product of the Institute of Higher Education, which is a forerunner of the International University of Management, I feel proud and honoured to be invited to this cultural festival and give the keynote address to this crowd of academics and students.
When I received the invitation and looked at the theme: “ONE NATION DIVERSE CULTURE”, I thought that those who are responsible for inviting me to speak on the occasion read my mind that I am a man of culture, as I highly respect culture, because culture is the basis of all beliefs, behaviours, qualities of enlightenment or refinement from which development and improvement of life to excellence emanate.
I believe the reason why the SRC team came up with the above theme is a clear indication that they also respect the cultures within the Namibian Nation. For that reason therefore, I want to commend them for such an initiative in leading the way in the development of such cultural trait, while you are still young. When you grow older and have your own children, it is just a matter of inculcating the very cultural norms and values into your children in particular and the entire nation at large.
Looking back in our history, our culture had been neglected by emphasizing more on foreign cultures, which were imposed on us by colonial masters. They introduced their languages for us to be groomed in and educated within their cultures, as they knew that language is culture and culture is language.
In deciding to have a cultural festival every year in an educational institution like IUM, I feel proud that young people who are future leaders want to leave cultural memorable foot prints and records, which will be a permanent mark on the minds of those who are yet to come. They will highly appreciate, value and take cognizance of cultural items such as food, which is being displayed, attires as we can see them, household items, music and particularly languages, which are our linguistic communication systems in various ethnic geographical areas of our country.
In a book titled: “The Journey of the Songhai People”, the writers of the book are emphasizing that African cultural amnesia needs to be cured; so that we can revive our African Culture, to be able to save ourselves from historical oblivion for the cultural preservation and enhancement of our African culture.
Only when we do this that we will feel proud about ourselves, be confident in speaking out about our language our food and our country as patriots, ready to defend it in all aspects of life and thus to develop it up to the level where we can compete with other countries in the world.
If we cannot defend and strengthen our cultural fibre, there will be no any cohesion among ourselves and in our society and consequently, we will be vulnerable to every societal illness. We will be too weak to defend ourselves and nobody will be in a position to recognize us. In other words only when we respect ourselves and among ourselves that we will also be in a position to develop our country and develop a sense of self-esteem and patriotism.
In looking at several cultural groups, which are present here today and the way they dance in their colourful cultural attires, it gives me a sense of belonging pride and really impressed by the national configuration across the cultural spectrum.
Namibia should feel proud to have such cultural diversity, which is enriching the traditional combination of all cultures in our society, in the land of contrasts and this is what makes Namibia unique, compared to other countries.
Culture is not only what we see here today. It includes behaviours and personal interaction and the way we communicate to one another in our society, on the daily basis. The way a child talks to his/her parents; the way students interacts with their lecturers or any other elderly person in the community, determines whether or not this particular youth had been brought up properly, according to our cultural norms and values.
I am a married man and I have my nuclear family, but when I talk to any parents, I have to show them respect. According to our culture when I see an elderly person carrying something heavy, the young people have to go and help them in carrying whatever they are carrying, as a way of showing respect to them. I hope you as young people in this University are what you are also doing, as a way of showing practical applications of our cultural values. What I want to emphasize here is that culture should be respected in all its forms and at all levels and occasions we may find ourselves in our society.
Only when we can do this that we can claim, use and be in touch with our cultural traits in real terms and should come automatically as part and parcel of our daily life.
I encourage all of you to continue practicing your cultural values and to teach the younger generation to respect their cultural heritage, because culture is the back bone of our humanness and the cradle for our individual and collective interaction in our society. (Source: IUMVoice)
119 students tested for HIV
Members of the IUM HIV/AIDS Society
THE HIV/AIDS Society students of the International University of Management in-conjunction with Intra-Health International and New Start conducted a free voluntary student counseling and HIV testing at both IUM City and Dorado campuses on 28 July 2011 with a significant aim of creating a platform for students that enables them to know their HIV/AIDS status and assessment of their HIV/AIDS knowledge, attitude, and practices.
Initially there was a two day prior mobilisation of which information on HIV voluntary testing was provided to students through a medium of lecture visits, with emphasis on instilling conscious decisions in students before getting tested. The overall key emphases was on sensitizing students on the significance of knowing their HIV status, sexual behaviour change and as a result lead the university to a HIV free varsity.
The student HIV testing process started off with registration of clients which entailed the noting down of demographic information; Rapid HIV testing which entailed a certified rapid tester through finger pricking samples and screenings; Result-based counseling which entailed client preparation for testing through counseling; and testing itself.
In total one-hundred and nineteen (119) students were tested for HIV. One-hundred and five (105) were female and fourteen (14) were male.
All in all more students could not be attended to during the testing as New Start ran out of testing materials.
New International University of Management campus launched - by Albertina Nakale(New Era)
His Excellency President Hifekepunye Pohamba
President Hifekepunye Pohamba officially inaugurated the first phase of the N$33 million International University of Management (IUM)’s hi-tech campus at Dorado Park on Tuesday 26th April 2011.
Many dignitaries witnessed the launch of the modern IUM campus fitted with state-of-the-art facilities and with a capacity to accommodate 6000 students.Pohamba said Namibia needs more universities and technical training institutions, where the youth can be trained to acquire skills and knowledge to be competitive in the job market or to start and successfully manage their own businesses if they venture into entrepreneurship.
He praised IUM’s Dr David Namwandi and his wife, Virginia, who currently co-runs IUM for their vibrant idea.
“I have followed the development and growth of this institution with keen interest for many years. I have followed the good work of Dr Namwandi and his wife, who is now the vice-chancellor of this vibrant institution. When they started, they did not even have premises to operate from. This university really started in a small dining room. A dream of David and Virginia has become a reality. They had a vision, the will and the determination to contribute to the education of our nation. If Namwandi can do it; then why can’t other Namibians do it?” he asked.
IUM is now the nation’s young second fully fledged university, and the first privately-owned university in the country with 6000 full-time, part-time and distant students.
The institution is so highly regarded that 1071 of its students have acquired student loans from government.
Pohamba urged IUM to forge strong ties and smart partnerships with public institutions and the private sector in order to create synergies for the advancement and development of the country.
Similarly, he told IUM management that there remains more work as coming years would demand greater dedication and hard work as the university implements the remaining phases of the development and expansion.
The president encouraged the IUM to continue to work hard and with dedication in the knowledge that they are fulfilling a noble mission by doing their part to educate the nation.
“You are standing on the right side of history and have added another cornerstone in the building of a better and more prosperous Namibia. On behalf of the people and government of the Republic of Namibia, and indeed on my own behalf, I would like to, once again, thank you and congratulate you on the completion of this beautiful building. I trust the remaining phases of the development of the university will be completed according to plan.”
The idea of IUM that started from humble beginnings with only a handful of students has now developed into a tertiary education institution of international standing.Since its founding in 1993, IUM has grown both in terms of enrolment figures and in stature, here at home, in the SADC region, on the African continent and further afield.
IUM offers more than four major fields of study that prospective students can choose from.
These include HIV/AIDS management, travel, tourism and hospitality management, and strategy management and information technology.
Namwandi and his wife were filled with joy and humility as the occasion was graced by hundreds of people including members of parliament, the Founding father of the Namibian Nation, Dr Sam Nujoma, and other dignitaries.
Namwandi described IUM as not an individual achievement but rather an achievement of local and international supporters and partners.
“It is the achievement of our government and of every student who registered with IUM and every lecturer or staff who bought into the vision and gave it their best, it is the achievement of the entire nation,’’ he said.
UNAM and IUM sign joint declaration of co-operation
Monday, 08 November 2010 00:00 NBC
The University of Namibia and the private International University of Management, IUM, have signed a joint declaration of co-operation.
The two tertiary institutions signed this partnership agreement in the capital on Friday to collaborate among themselves.
UNAM's Vice-Chancellor Lazarus Hangula said the declaration of intent will expand the cordial relations between the two, assisting them to find common ground within the Vice-Chancellor/Rectors' Forum.
Professor Hangula said the Vice-Chancellor/Rectors' Forum creates a framework for tertiary educators to consult and share resources.
IUM Vice-Chancellor Virginia Namwandi said her institution has already collaboration agreements with other universities outside Namibia.
She explained that the two institutions will benefit greatly from the joint declaration in areas of community service, research, teaching, exchange of students, staff and information materials.
UNAM and IUM are both members of the Association of African Universities.
IUM receives office furniture worth N$100,000
Thursday, 29 July 2010 00:00 From the Informante, Written by Linekela Halwoodi
INTERNATIONAL University of Management officially received office furniture and equipment from the international oil trade company Trafigura Namibia for their new campus - the IUM campus - yesterday. IUM Vice Chancellor, Virginia Namwandi, expressed gratitude to Trafigura for the donation and applauded them for fulfilling their corporate responsibility.
“We are here today to witness the handing over of an extraordinary donation by the Trafigura Group and Trafigura Namibia in particular to the international University of Management,” said Namwandi.
She continued saying that the equipment and furniture will be used in the N$28m new hi-tech Dorado Park campus that is in its advanced stage of construction and is scheduled for completion towards the end of this year.
Trafigura said it appreciates IUM’s enrolling of over 400 Angolan students as its partners are in Angola and hopes to keep the partnership with the campus.
Deon Garbers, Managing Director of Trafigura Namibia officially handed over the equipment to the University and expressed the importance of investing in education.
“When I retire I want to become a teacher one day,” Garbers said at the hand over.