The first institution is the N$42 million International University of Management (IUM) research, training and conference centre.

The municipality of Swakopmund on Monday officially handed the designated land over to IUM.
David Namwandi, the founder and chairperson of the IUM, says the centre is aimed at creating new knowledge which can solve the many challenges the nation is facing within the 21 century.

“In the 21st century, we are dealing with the fourth Industrial Revolution, and we cannot afford to remain the way we are as a nation.

“We have to do research. Research means to investigate new knowledge for the nation so that we can build on the ashes of the past for a better tomorrow,” he says.

Swakopmund municipality chief executive officer (CEO) Alfeus Benjamin says this is the first project that is being implemented to transform Swakopmund into a tertiary education hub.

“We are growing. We are constructing another one on 30 June – the Welwitschia Centre. The other one will be the Swakopmund University we are still working on,” he says.

According to Benjamin, the institutions will help alleviate the challenges of students from the Erongo region who have to travel to other towns for tertiary education.


SOURCE: The Namibian

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