History of The University of Namibia (UNAM)

History of  The University of Namibia (NAM)


The University of Namibia (UNAM) was established by an Act of Parliament on August 31, 1992 as recommended by a Commission on Higher Education. Thus, a unique confluence bound the birth of the new nation in 1990 with that of the University of Namibia.

In accordance with the National Development Plans (NDP 1and2), Vision 2030, and indeed informed by its motto: “Education, Service, Development”, the University’s programmes are designed to meet national human resource requirements through quality teaching, research, consultancy and community service.

The Founding Chancellor of the University and Father of the Namibian Nation, H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma declared his vision of UNAM at inception as ‘a centre of higher learning served by dedicated men and women of quality, and producing graduates to uplift the standards of living of Namibian people.’

Academic programmes at UNAM emanate from eight faculties and two schools which are: Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Faculty of Economics and Management Science; Faculty of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; Faculty of Law; Faculty of Health Sciences, consisting of the School of Nursing and Public Health and the School of Medicine; and the Faculty of Science. To meet the educational needs of a diverse nation, UNAM has 12 campuses and nine regional centres country-wide, the latter which are managed by the Centre for External Studies, the distance education unit of the University.

The University of Namibia consists of the following campuses:

  • Windhoek (Main) Campus
  • Faculty of Health Sciences Campus
  • Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus
  • José Eduardo dos Santos Campus
  • Katima Mulilo Campus
  • Khomasdal Campus
  • Neudamm Campus
  • Ogongo Campus
  • Oshakati Campus
  • Rundu Campus
  • Sam Nujoma Campus
  • Southern Campus

Regional Centres

Through its highly competent and dedicated staff and quality infrastructure, the University has been serving the nation in various ways, and is contributing significantly to national reconstruction and development. The University of Namibia continues to work to ensure that it is acknowledged as a higher institution of choice for students as well as a sought after reservoir of expertise for business and industry both locally and internationally.