500 Monitronic Success College students will now be able to equally compete in the employment sector, since the college receiving accreditation from the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) on Monday.
Students said they have been waiting in anticipation to be recognized and they are now satisfied with the standards of the college and can fully concentrate on their studies.
Last month Monitronic Success College had been listed among other local colleges who were offering franchised Institute of Commercial Management qualifications which NQA said they will no longer recognize as from year 2015.
Monitronic Success College has been offering franchised qualifications since 1999 and had struggled to get a local NQA accreditation in their Diploma programs which include Accounting & Finance Management, Business Management, Human Resource Management, Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Telecommunication Systems, Electrical Installation, Information Technology Many observers said that full accreditation of the College was overdue given how much the management of the college has invested in infrastructure, equipment, libraries and many other resources especially in Otjiwarongo and Walvis Bay.
The College is also an approved centre for the Association of Business Executives (ABE-UK), City and Guilds International (UK) and Institute of Bookkeepers of South Africa. Principal of Monitronic Success College, Daniel Nyaungwa said that, NQA accreditation is a particularly validating endorsement of the quality the college has been offering.
“Although we have a lot of work to do to improve our services and quality we are not starting from nothing. We need to start improving our facilities in Windhoek and Ondangwa, in Windhoek plans are underway to construct a N$100m campus. Plans for Ondangwa campus are awaiting Municipality approval. We are also working flat out to introduce all new quality management systems, and that is the most difficult part and we only have a few months to the 2015 academic year”.
He also said that students will be eligible for loans if they apply before the closing dates and that the college will also be offering two national vocational qualifications, hospitality and tourism and office administration. Also asked about what will happen to the current students in the other franchised programmes. The principal said definitely it will not offer any ICM qualifications. It will allow students in other programmes to complete especially those ones who are going to third year before totally phasing out these qualifications. Otherwise all the other students who want to move to NQA accredited qualifications will be offered exemption