IUM to Open New Campus

The privately-run International University of Management (IUM) will open a new campus in Nkurenkuru in Kavango West.

IUM was founded in 1994 with one student and a single lecturer but it has grown its student population to over 7 000 with its own campus, to which it now intends to add a satelitte multi-million-dollar campus in Nkurenkuru.

The planned new campus is premised on IUM feasibility studies that ascertained there is a pressing need for higher learning institutions.

In an interview with New Era early this week IUM Vice-Chancellor Virginia Namwandi revealed that the construction of the new campus will resume around March this year and is expected to be completed by January 2016.

She said the Nkurenkuru campus will cost about N$20 million.

“We are in the process of securing additional funding, but in the process we are proceeding with our own resources. The whole idea emanated when the Nkurenkuru Town Council requested our presence last year. They said they needed tertiary presence there so that students do not have to travel long distances for further studies. We then went there and held consultative engagements to see which programmes we can offer. People in particular the parents were very happy,” she said.

Namwandi said they will start with the Namibia Qualification Authority (NQA) accredited non-degree academic programmes starting at certificate level which include marketing management, finance management, IT business information systems, human resources development and management, and business administration.

She added that other short courses will include secretarial and office administration, bookkeeping, programming, executive secretarial, secretarial and computer studies diploma, executive diploma in secretarial studies and English.

In the meantime, she said, they are already done with the recruitment process, saying they will start with about six lecturers at the new campus.

Further, the campus will also provide four- to 12-week courses which comprise keyboard and basic typing, aanced typing and speed development and computerised accounting.

Another development, she highlighted, is IUM’s immediate plan to construct a male hostel at the Dorado main campus as the females already have a block constructed to the tune of N$16 million.

The hostel block can accommodate about 173 students, although Namwandi said there is still a need for more accommodation to accommodate students not only from the regions but also from neighbouring countries such as Angola, Zambia, Kenya, among others.

Asked whether the current hostel block for females is sufficient, she said: “I have been informed there are more places available but preference will be given to students outside of Windhoek and non-Namibian nationals. We reserve a 5 percent quota for international students.”

She added: “We are now busy completing a lecture hall at the Dorado main campus and also plan to build more blocks. These are some of our immediate plans.”

IUM will now offer certificate, diploma, aanced diploma and degrees (bachelor’s, honours and master’s) in the field of business administration, finance management, HIVAids management, human resources management and information technology.

IUM also has campuses in Ongwediva, Swakopmund, Keetmanshoop and Walvis Bay.

When it was started in 1994 it only offered accredited qualifications, until it was officially launched as a fully-fledged university in 2002 when it started offering its own qualifications.

Source : New Era