Founding Father, Dr Sam Nujoma, praised the International University of Management (IUM) management for the instution’s rapid progress and for upholding high standards in line with the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) requirements.
Nujoma who played a significant part in the set-up of Namibia’s first ever private university (IUM), expressed his admiration for the institution’s founding team for its committment to world-class education.
“I am indeed gratified to see that the seed planted 10 years ago is not only growing but bearing fruits. It is also making significant contributions to the socio-economic development of our country,” said Nujoma.
He particularly commended the IUM vice-chancellor, Virginia Namwandi, the management and staff for rising to the challenge of facilitating access to education by the youth and providing them with the necessary skills that will help in the country’s fight against poverty, diseases and ignorance.
Nujoma said in order to enhance the education and training sector’s contribution to the attainment of strategic national development goals, all stakeholders need to be involved in educating and training Namibians.
“This will also enable Namibia to facilitate the nation’s transition to a knowledge-based economy,” he added.
Meanwhile, IUM founder, David Namwandi, expressed his gratitude towards the Founding Father’s assistance in the establishment of the university.
“Had it not been for Dr Sam Shafishuna Nujoma, this university would not have been. Thank you for your encouragement and dedication of duties. Thank you for your committment and double stamina to encourage the Namibian child,” Namwandi said.
He also praised his wife and the institution’s co-founder for her support in realising his dream of starting a private university; “Thank you, you have been a strong pillar. Without you, this would not have been. I remember those days clearly and for that I say, ‘tough times never last but tough people do’.”