IUM hosts virtual graduation

With the challenges posed by lockdown restrictions, lectures were done through digital presentations via IUM’s new learning management system.

30 September 2020 | Education

MONIQUE ADAMS







WINDHOEK

The International University of Management (IUM) held its 16th graduation ceremony last Friday.

For the first time ever, this was done virtually via livestream due to Covid-19 regulations.

Acting vice-chancellor Professor Oladele Arowolo opened the ceremony and congratulated the graduates.

“You are a unique breed. You have successfully emerged from a challenging exposure in the last year of your academic experience. Congratulations!” he said.

With the challenges posed by lockdown restrictions, lectures were done through digital presentations via IUM’s new learning management system.

As a part of ongoing e-learning capacity strengthening, Google Assignments was used by all lecturers, which also helped to ensure that students’ work was authentic and included originality reports.

‘Murky waters’

“I would like to commend the exco for its prompt response to the unfolding public drama of policy change since February this year when Covid-19 came knocking at our doors. I would also like to thank the IUM governing council, through its chairman and founder David Namwandi, for their astute management oversight that has seen the university through murky waters,” Arowolo said.

“At IUM, we have been robbed of our long-serving vice-chairperson of the IUM governing council, Dr Helen Nkandi-Shiimi, who passed on earlier this year on Saturday, 13 June, as a result of a long illness. Her contributions and leadership skills, clear and critical mind will be sorely missed by all at IUM,” Arowolo said.

‘You have emerged victorious’

Arowolo further urged the graduates to be innovative and determined to make a positive social difference.

IUM founder and council chairperson, Professor David Namwandi, expressed his gratitude to government for the conductive atmosphere higher learning institutes are operating in.

“I remove my hat for our students, especially those who are being conferred degrees today. You made us proud; congratulations on a job well done.

“I know it has not been easy; amidst challenges and temptations, you have emerged victorious,” he said.

The future is female

At this year’s ceremony, a total of 2 267 qualifications were conferred, 2.7% more than in 2019.

Meanwhile, 74% of the graduating students were women, while IUM also reported that five new qualifications were awarded by the university for the first time this year.

These are: Master of Science in Information and Technology, Bachelor of Science in Software Development, Bachelor of Science in Software Development (Honours), Diploma in Education (pre/junior primary) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Nursing.

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