Stadio Namibia formerly SBS lays out all cards

The institution prides itself on affordable and quality educational services and programmes to students with the primary focus on providing wider access to the institution

19 February 2021 | Education

Wetumwene Shikage

On Wednesday, 17 February, Stadio Namibia, formerly known as Southern Business School (SBS), held a media day to familiarise the media with the institution’s current standing and future plans for their students. This media day was held in order to create good stakeholder engagements and better relationships with the media.

Southern Business School aims to empower the Namibian nation to understand the achievements which they wish to materialise, with the key issue being accessibility. The institution prides itself on affordable and quality educational services and programmes to students with the primary focus on providing wider access to the institution.

In order to bring the image of Stadio into the sight of many, they have brought up a number of higher education institutions in South Africa and in Namibia. These include SBS Prestige and Lysof, out of which they have created new faculties such as the Faculty of Commerce, Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Arts and Design and the Faculty of Education. The institution aims to expand and introduce faculties of engineering and medicine which may only materialise in due course.

These optimistic progressions to have all faculties required in a university all point to the direction of becoming a full-fledged private university. Even though growing during the pandemic was a slow process, the future remains the focus with targets of moving from having 35 000 students enrolled, the institution has an ultimate dream to have 100 000 students enrolled by the year 2026.

A graduate student of Stadio Namibia who holds a doctorate in policing, Kennedy Mavuku, is currently employed in the Namibia Defence Force (NDF). “A colleague of mine introduced me to Stadio Namibia. As I enrolled, student support was provided exceptionally well along with helpful study material at very affordable rates. All it takes is commitment and dedication especially if you enrol on distance mode,” he said.

Higher education has been highly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has forced many institutions to revisit and modify business models. This means that new ways of doing things have to be implemented with innovative ways of how operations and qualifications are obtained from the institution. Managing director Albin Jacobs, who addressed the media, explained that in order for them to achieve this, there is a need to start with: better utilisation of their buildings and infrastructure; expansion of faculties; increasing the geographic footprint to accommodate the Southern African region and offering different programmes with different modes of study.

Previously, Stadio Namibia was known for distance education. All qualifications will now be offered in fulltime and distance modes. The institution also plans on introducing the ‘world of work’ as work-integrated learning and internships will become a bigger part of the institutional packages and programmes in order to produce students who are work ready.

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