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IUM Host 18th Convocation Ceremony

23/05/2022

The International University of Management (IUM) held its 18th Convocation Ceremony Virtually on 20 May 2022 at its Main Campus, Dorado Park, Windhoek. At its meeting on 16 September 2021, the IUM Governing Council resolved that, from the year 2022 onwards, the university should introduce two convocation events due to the growth in numbers of graduates, i.e. a Winter Convocation in May and a Summer Convocation in October.

During the Winter Convocation, the University graduated a total number of 1465 Graduands, comprising of one PHD candidate, 52 Masters’ Degree, 57 Postgraduate Diplomas, 515 Bachelor Degree Honours, 133 Ordinary Bachelors, 466 Diplomas and 202 Certificates. The summer convocation is scheduled for 28 October 2022.

IUM Chancellor, Bishop Dr. V. V. Nambala, in his convocation address stated that a university is a place of Study; hence the aim for the establishment of IUM is to provide a conducive learning and studying environment. “The purpose of any university is not only to be the guardian of reason, inquiry and philosophical openness, but also to preserve pure inquiry from dominant public opinions” said Bishop Nambala.

In his address, Hon. Prof. David R. Namwandi, IUM’s Founder and Council Chair reminded the Graduands that any qualification is a ladder to help one to reach the top, thus, it is not an end in itself, but a means to an end.

Prof. David R. Namwandi informed the virtue audience that on 4 April 2022, the University has received accreditation from NQA for 9 additional qualifications in Environmental Science namely:

  • Bachelor of Climate Change, Mitigation and Adaptation Honours (Level 8)
  • Masters of Science in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (Level 9)
  • Bachelor of Conservation Agriculture Management Honours (Level 8)
  • Masters of Conservation Agriculture Management (Level 9)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Management and Sustainable Development (Level 8)
  • Master of Science in Integrated Environmental Management and Sustainable Development (Level 9)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sustainable Development (Level 10)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Natural Resources Management (Level 10)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Science (Level 10)
  • Bachelor of Electronic and Specialization Engineering Honours (Level 8)

In his conclusion, Professor Namwandi touched on the limited job opportunity for young people due to job market limitations which is a great concern to IUM and society at large. He pointed out that although Graduands were equipped with relevant skills, jobs are hard to come by. It was for this reason that IUM introduced an entrepreneurship component in all its degree programmes so that its graduates do not have to depend solely on the job market but to go out there and be job and wealth creators.

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