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IUM gets NQA re-accreditation

Tue, 2 April 2013 05:15
by Business Writer
Education

The International University of Management (IUM) received another accreditation from the Namibia Qualifications Authority last week.
The IUM will now offer certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and degrees (Bachelors, Honours and masters) in the field of business administration, finance management, HIV/Aids management, human resources management and Information Technology.
Accreditation is the formal status granted by the NQA which confirms that a given institution has met quality standards and is fit for the purpose.
IUM received its first accreditation from NQA in 2007 which got renewed in 2009.
Speaking at the accreditation certificate hand-over ceremony, Vice Chancellor of IUM, Virginia Namwandi stressed on the importance of the event for their institution.
“This occasion today marks another strategic milestone in our mission and our searching journey for excellence and international recognition. It also affirms our collective commitment to make quality tertiary education accessible and affordable to Namibians of all walks of life who have the ability and the desire to study,” she says.
Namwandi adds that through this accreditation, NQA is sending to them and community at large an encouragement to continue their vision.
The Chief Executive Officer, Franz E. Gertze noted that accreditation is a necessary step towards quality education. Without quality assurance, graduates produced would be unsuitable for the local and international market.
“In academic discourse, one finds at times conflicting views about accreditation. Some institutions are proponents of self accreditation citing that external accreditation, by amongst others the NQA are costly, complex and burdensome.
“There are even views that governments use accreditation as a means to pursue their agendas of increased control over high education institutions,” he stresses.