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1000 IUM students to be capped

by Jemima Beukes



The International University of Management (IUM) is winning in its dedication to the skill development and growth of human resources, IUM Registrar Susan Nganyone said this ahead of the 1000 students who are due to graduate later this year, on the occasion of the university’s tenth year anniversary.
“We have been steadily growing for the past 10 years and this is reflected in our graduation numbers.  As was the case in the last graduation ceremony (2011) we are expecting around 1 000 graduates for the 2012 graduation ceremony.” Nganyone noted.
She further stated that most of the institution’s pride lies in the extension of its educational centres within the country as well as across the borders.
Nganyone said IUM’s management is particularly excited at the growing population of students.
“The past ten (10) years have witnessed the physical expansion of our existing campuses in Windhoek, Ongwediva, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. The expansion included the construction of the first phase a state-of-the-art campus at Dorado Park. The student population has also grown to a phenomenal current total of 6700 students. IUM also extended its programmes across the borders of Namibia to Botswana and Malawi.”
According to the registrar IUM has signed several MOUs with both local and international universities.
These  she notes, “are significant achievements but my greatest joy is seeing our growing numbers of successful students at each of our graduation ceremonies and hearing of their success stories  after graduation.”
As part of its 10th year anniversary, the IUM last week held a week-long Cultural Festival in the capital with the message that no culture is superior to other cultures. 
Held under the theme ‘Our Culture, Our Trademark’, the event served to encourage students to celebrate and promote cultural diversity, and to instil a sense of pride and excitement in the students with regards to their tradition. 
Vice-Chancellor Virginia Namwandi cautioned students not to play the cultural card in order to get involved in behaviour which would negatively influence the Namibian nation.
“We should be bold enough to stand up against any aspects of culture that demean others, or contributes to some of the social ills that are on a daily basis tainting the many positive strides we have made as a nation,” she advised.
Namibians should also create their own symbols that would make them unique as a people and a nation, but this can only be achieved if they embrace all that is good and positive from the diverse cultures that the nation represents.
To achieve this, she said, Namibians should relook and rethink some of the misconceptions and wrong perceptions that they may have of other cultures. 
Namwandi also encouraged the youngsters in attendance to spend more time with the elderly in order to understand some of the cultural practices and behaviours that previously held people together, and ensured safer environments.