About International University of Management (IUM) – History, Vision and Mission

About International University of Management (IUM)

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Introducing IUM – The International University of Management

IUM in Brief

The Institution was founded by Dr David Richard Namwandi, first as a non-degree awarding body. On 26 October 2002 it obtained University status when it was officially launched by the then state president of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency Dr. Sam Nujoma. The university is fully accredited by the Namibia Qualifications Authority and the National Council for Higher Education(NCHE).

The International University of Management (IUM) has its roots in the Institute of Higher Education which was founded in 1994 and is a sole Namibian initiative which started with one student and has now grown into an institution whose student population is currently more that 9,000.

The intellectual and vocational bases of the university are firmly rooted in Management and ICT.Since its inception, the university has gained recognition as a centre of excellence for the teaching of Management Science and ICT disciplines at all levels.

While these disciplines remain the university’s anchor, plans are afoot to diversify its offerings at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the not too distant future in order to address different economic needs of management in Namibia. In addition, the university has carried out numerous consultancies on behalf of both the private and public sectors in Namibia.
IUM was officially launched as the first private university in Namibia on 26 April 2002 and its Hi-Tech campus at Dorado Park in Windhoek was inaugurated on 26 April 2011.

The purpose of the university is to educate and train young managers of the future; the young managers who will go out into the world and help to generate work and wealth in those sectors of society where there is most need, demand or opportunity.


To encourage and develop an African cadre of men and women who can operate at international standards in business.

Mission Statement

To establish a higher seat of learning in Namibia and train innovative specialists for public and private sectors for Namibia and other countries in the world. To train dedicated knowledge workers who will provide leadership at national and international levels.

IUM’s Uniqueness

    • This university and the students who pass through it are different in a number of ways. They are, for example, products of a social and an economic conscience inherent in the heart of the university’s operations which focus, amongst others, on the choice and design of programmes.
    • The university is also distinct because it has chosen to follow a path that respects the needs of the country and dedicates its efforts to the enhancement of the socio-economic wealth of its people. In this regard, it addresses those areas where there is a generally agreed need, demand, or national opportunity.
    • IUM is primarily aimed at the development of managers of the future and wealth creators in society. The social aim of the university is to impart positive goal-oriented attitudes that value creativity, self-reliance, self development, and teamwork for young managers of the future.
    • The university embraces the best theory not as an intellectual end in itself, but as the raw material of sound practice since the best principles and practice of management are based upon well tested theories. The university is significantly organized and resourced to make positive contributions to the development of our country and thus directs its efforts at today’s national needs and anticipates the challenges that have to be inevitably faced in the future.
    • IUM is the first of its kind in Africa to establish a Faculty of HIV/AIDS. Given the magnitude of the HIV and AIDS pandemic in Africa, the importance of such a faculty cannot be overemphasised.
  • IUM is the first in Africa with the Case Writing House. The existing American and European cases cannot be effective in the African environment owing to the deep cultural divide between the two worlds.

    The Case Writing House (Research)
    In a university dedicated to the practice of professional management, there is no place for esoteric intellectual pursuits. In this environment, research must focus on satisfying a real African need for relevant teaching case studies. The Case Writing House is a department responsible for the stimulation of case writing using Grounded Theory Research Methods and the editing, control, and publication of these case studies.

    African Cases
    The Case Writing House contributes to the satisfaction of the need for African Case Studies. Students and staff will write cases that are edited by the CRH and published by the CRH. Credit for work will be given to the individual authors. The Case Writing House:

    The stimulation and motivation of case writing by students and staff and control of standards. The identification of areas of research from which cases could be drawn. The setting of agreed numbers of major and minor cases to be written by each faculty. The editing of the cases to bring them up to International standards. The wide international publication of the cases in refereed journals and the production and sale of bound volumes of case studies.


The courses offered at the International University Management are accredited by the Namibian Qualifications Authority.


IUM works in association with the following professional organizations and universities:

  • University of Namibia (Namibia)
  • Asia e University ( Malaysia )
  • Shareworld Open University of Malawi (Malawi)
  • Mount Kenya university (Kenya)
  • Hunan Normal University (China )
  • Shareworld Open University of (Malawi)
  • University of Uyo (Nigeria)
  • Murdoch University (UAE)
  • Open Window institute of arts and Digital Sciences (South Africa)
  • The Association of Business Executives (ABE) UK
  • Institute of Open Learning (Namibia)
  • Raymond C. Dabney University (RCDU), USA
  • Jamaica University of technology (Jamaica)
  • Institute of Development Management (Swaziland)

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