IUM enrols 21% more students in 2024

Osmund Mwandemele

The vice chancellor of the International University of Management (IUM), Osmund Mwandemele, says the university has enrolled more than 19 100 students for the 2024 academic year.

This is an increase of 21% compared to 2022’s enrolment.

Mwandemele said this at the official opening of the university’s academic year yesterday.

“This year, we have enrolled more than 19 100 students, which represents an increase of about 21% compared to the 2023 academic year,” he said.

Last year saw 85 143 candidates writing the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinary (NSSCO) and Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS) examinations.

Out of the 40 682 pupils who sat for the examinations, 10 261 candidates have proceeded to Grade 12 or continued with tertiary education with their NSSCO results.

“Under the leadership and guidance of IUM founder David Namwandi, the institution has grown tremendously in terms of not only student numbers, but also programmes offered at the school,” he said.

Mwandembele said the university continues to contribute to the realisation of national goals and objectives.

The IUM does this by responding to the national need for higher-level human resources, he said.

According to Mwandemele, the university offers master’s, post-graduate and graduate courses.

Student representative council president Loide Nghuulondo praised the university for its consistency in providing students with affordable quality education.

“The IUM’s registration fee has been consistent within the rank of N$2 000, creating an opportunity for many prospective students from disadvantaged backgrounds,” she said.

Nghuulondo said although students have different backgrounds and circumstances, they all have a common goal.

She said collaboration between students is important to continue the legacy of the IUM.

“On behalf of the student leadership, I would like to emphasise the importance of unity among students. We may all come from different walks of life, but within these walls we are one community bound by a common goal – the pursuit of knowledge,” Nghuulondo said.

Namwandi urged Namibians to be grateful to live in a peaceful country with little political tension.

He made reference to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, and between Russia and Ukraine.

“You are going to know one day that you are blessed with good people . . . good politicians, who argue, yes, but they don’t fight. Other nations in the world are fighting literally because they differ politically,” Namwandi said.

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