IUM kick-starts new academic year

The University of Management is celebrating its 25th year of existence.

25 February 2019 | Education

Immanuel Wilfred; Mayor of Walvis Bay; “ . . . find solutions to our unemployment issues through innovative ideas . . .”

Leandrea Louw - The International University of Management (IUM) coastal campus held a ceremony to officially open the new academic year.

Mayor of Walvis Bay alderman Immanuel Wilfred encouraged the students to give their best and remain focused on their studies.

“We are faced with many social ills that affect mainly the youth. While you focus on your studies, please refrain from activities that may hamper the successful completion of your qualification. Stay vigilant and do not engage in activities such as drug or alcohol abuse and crime. It is imperative that as students at a tertiary level, you should be the ones to set the perfect example for those who are yet to reach tertiary level.”

Wilfred said he is aware that it can sometimes be challenging to find a job after graduating.

“Although as a graduate you may stand a better chance at securing a job in the future, you cannot rule out the possibility that it may take a while before securing your dream job. I urge you to help find solutions to our unemployment issues through innovative ideas such as small start-ups, pooling of resources, and job creation at any possible level. Job creation stimulates health economic growth and allows to make a living without too much reliance on government or the formal work sector.”

Dr Titus Tulipohamba Hambili, director of the IUM Coastal campus and Swakopmund Research and Consultancy Research Centre, said this year IUM is celebrating its 25th year.

“What started as a dream with only one student, one lecturer and one staff member has grown into an institution of great repute with five campuses, over 400 staff members, a student population of 10 000 and 40 accredited programmes.”

The theme chosen by IUM for the next five years is ‘our contribution towards the blue economy through stakeholders’ engagement’.

Hambili said this was done to address challenges such as poverty and unemployment. He suggested that in order to ensure food security onshore services should support off-shore services.

“The local authorities should provide essential public services such as land allocation and development as well as sanitation. Factories need to process fish and provide much needed employment, the police should provide safety and security, private businesses in particular SMEs as the engine of the economy need to venture into hotel, travel and tourism activities to promote coastal tourism. Ports should provide port services for import and export of containerised goods, and docking facilities to luxury liners, as we have recently noticed in the port of Walvis Bay. We are blessed with the Atlantic Ocean, what are we doing to realise its potential?”

He furthermore said that as a university, IUM endeavour to undertake and co-ordinate research through the Swakopmund Research and Consultancy Centre on the governance and sustainability of the Blue Economy concept in order to educate and create awareness among the coastal communities about the importance of the Atlantic Ocean.

“We also intend to expand the intake of tourism students to make candidates from the previously disadvantaged communities aware of the importance of job creation opportunities in the coastal tourism sector.”

Hambili mentioned recently signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreements with Namport, Hafeni Travel and Tours, Benguella Kayak Tours, Tsaobis Nature Parks and Big Brother Guest House.

“As stakeholders in education, we need to develop a common understanding of the importance of investing in education and research, and in particular put heads together to address the challenge of grade 10 and 12 dropouts who are on the increase.”

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