About IUM

the International University of Management (IUM) - a Namibian university dedicated to its people's future.


To encourage and develop an African cadre of men and women who can operate at international standards in business and management.

Our Mission

To establish a higher seat of learning in Namibia and train innovative specialists for public and private sectors for Namibia and other countries in the world, and to train dedicated knowledge workers who will provide leadership at national and international levels.

Our Values

Get to Know IUM

Welcome to the International University of Management (IUM) – a Namibian university dedicated to its people’s future.

Established in 1994 as the Institute of Higher Education, by Hon Prof. David Richard Namwandi, the university was officially launched as the first private university in Namibia on 26th October 2002 by the then state president of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency Dr. Sam Shafiishuna  Nujoma .  From humble beginnings with only one student, IUM has since grown into one of the top universities in Namibia, Today, IUM has a student population of over 16,000 students from all over Namibia, African countries, and beyond.

The university is fully accredited by the Namibia Qualifications Authority and the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).

The intellectual and vocational bases of the university are firmly rooted in Management and ICT since its inception, the university has gained recognition as a centre of excellence for the teaching of Management Science and ICT disciplines at all levels.

While these disciplines remain the university’s anchor, plans are afoot to diversify its offerings at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the not too distant future in order to address different economic needs of management in Namibia. In addition, the university has carried out numerous consultancies on behalf of both the private and public sectors in Namibia.

The purpose of the University is to educate and train young managers and entrepreneurs of the future who will go out into the world and help to create employment and generate wealth in those sectors of society where there is most need, demand or opportunity. In this regard, IUM has made extensive analysis and meta-analysis of the Namibian cabinet-approved National Human Resource Plan 2010 – 2025. The plan highlights the main skills gaps in various sectors of the Namibian public and private sectors. In addition, IUM maintains a policy of continuous engagement with key stakeholders and captains of industry and commerce as well as employers in general on matters pertaining to the needs of the labour markets has borne fruits.

 IUM qualifications are thus driven by real demands in the labour market and are designed to make a significant contribution to bridging different types of knowledge gaps in the country and beyond.

Numbers Speak Volumes

From humble beginnings with only one student, IUM has grown into one of the top universities in Namibia

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Students Population
Programs Offered
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  • To entrench the IUM as a centre for high quality education/teaching and life-long learning to a standard befitting international standards of any university;
  • To sustain and foster IUM as a global hub for Management Science and Information Technology;
  • To develop effective strategies to recruit and retain high quality staff in accordance with equal opportunities;
  • To develop, strengthen and implement academic programmes to respond to, and meet the challenging human resources and leadership needs of the nation;
  • To sustain and foster the reputation of a well-recognised private university in the SADC region, the African continent and the world through its degree qualifications,research and outreach activities; and,
  • To sustain and promote the norm that “the University is different”.
  • To adhere to and follow all concerns contained in the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) and Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) regulations, guidelines, principles and procedures, to meet the expectations of the NCHE/NQA (as the national legal/regulatory authorities);
  • To excel in teaching and learning by formulating labour-market driven academic programmes;
  • To undertake world-class scholarly research to be integrated into the body of globalized knowledge-based economy;
  • To introduce the necessary changes required for the organisation and management of IUM;
  • To utilise and sustain the implementation of quality assurance and management policies and the principles of good governance;
  • To strengthen the complementary role of IUM in the system of higher education in the country and further;
  • To implement existing MoUs and form strategically new MoUs to support and accommodate further growth and expansion of IUM;
  • To sustain the high commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (Community Engagement Activities (CEA); and,
  • To accommodate and meet the requirements of stakeholders, clients, and other interested parties who desire smooth growth and further expansion of IUM;
  • To attract and value students from a wide diversity of background; promote equal educational opportunities for disadvantaged and under-represented groups; encourage and support all students in their studies and beyond; and foster in them a sense of the University’s vision and what it means to belong to a scholarly community;
  • To develop and nurture strong collaborative and mutually beneficial links with business, industry, national and international professional bodies; local and central government as well as external communities, including graduates, alumni, schools, other tertiary institutions and research organisations.

IUM’s Uniqueness

  • This university and the students who pass through it are different in a number of ways. They are, for example, products of a social and an economic conscience inherent in the heart of the university’s operations which focus, amongst others, on the choice and design of programmes.
  • The university is also distinct because it has chosen to follow a path that respects the needs of the country and dedicates its efforts to the enhancement of the socio-economic wealth of its people. In this regard, it addresses those areas where there is a generally agreed need, demand, or national opportunity.
  • IUM is primarily aimed at the development of managers of the future and wealth creators in society. The social aim of the university is to impart positive goal-oriented attitudes that value creativity, self-reliance, self-development, and teamwork for young managers of the future.
  • The university embraces the best theory not as an intellectual end in itself, but as the raw material of sound practice since the best principles and practice of management are based upon well tested theories. The university is significantly organized and resourced to make positive contributions to the development of our country and thus directs its efforts at today’s national needs and anticipates the challenges that have to be inevitably faced in the future.
  • IUM is the first of its kind in Africa to establish a Faculty of HIV/AIDS. Given the magnitude of the HIV and AIDS pandemic in Africa, the importance of such a faculty cannot be overemphasised.


The courses offered at the International University Management are accredited by the Namibian Qualifications Authority.

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