University of Namibia
University description (as per official university website)
The University of Namibia (UNAM) is a leading public, higher education institution in the country. With a student population of close to 13,000 students each year, academic programmes at the University emanate from eight faculties and two schools. These are: the 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. These young yet dynamic and committed faculties and competent administrative support staff has earned UNAM a ranking of being one the top African Universities. During 2006, UNAM was rated as the best higher education institution in Namibia by the Professional Management Review of South Africa and won a Golden Arrow Award. The previous year a Geneva based Foundation for Excellence in Business Practice nominated UNAM to be the recipient of the Foundationís Gold Medal for Excellence in Business Practice. To date UNAM has graduated over 17,000 students who are serving the country in various sectors of the economy with most occupying prominent positions in government and the private sector.
Some Key Facts about UNAM:
10 Campuses Nationwide
Distance Education (CES)
Over 13 000 Students
Over 17 000 Graduates
122 PhD Holders
288 Lecturers (Master Degree Holders)
36 Undergraduate Degrees Offered
19 Master Degrees Offered
12 Doctoral Degrees (PhDs) Offered
The Vision of the University of Namibia as the national university is to engage with society in the creation and dissemination of knowledge, through teaching, research and advisory services, and a commitment to lifelong learning; thereby becoming a treasure house of knowledge at the service of national development, and available to all in forms directly relevant to the improvement of the quality of their lives.
The Mission Statement of the University of Namibia is to engage in socially and nationally relevant, academic and technical training, research and educational programmes with the involvement of all stakeholders in a conducive environment for learning, innovation, knowledge creation, professional development, functional skills development and development related competencies, within the cultural context of the Namibian people.In order to achieve this Mission, the University of Namibia is committed to the following operational principles. These are to:
Continue to develop the University as a leading national institution and a major contributor to nation building, and gives high priority to applied research across a broad spectrum of relevant fields and encourages inter-disciplinary approaches to the resolution of real-world problems;
Cultivate standards of excellence in teaching, research, and all functions of UNAM, through encouraging constructive criticism, constant self-improvement, self-evaluation, and peer assessment.
Make the University services, expertise, skills, scholarly leadership, and facilities, accessible those who are like to benefit from them, regardless of race, colour, gender, ethnic origin, religion, creed, political affiliation, physical conditions, social and economic status.
Safeguard and promote the principle of University autonomy, with the view to providing an appropriate atmosphere and opportunities for UNAMís scholars to develop their highest intellectual potential.
Serve as a repository for the preservation, development and articulation of national values and culture, through the promotion of Namibian history, art and languages.
Undertake basic and applied research, with a view to contributing to the social, economic, cultural and political development of Namibia.
Encourage endogenous development and application of science and technology.
Provide advisory, consultancy, and extension services throughout the country, with the view to promote community education and appropriate know-how, thus enhancing Namibiaís productivity and socio-economic development; and to
Promote national and regional unity and understanding.
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 1&2), 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 Ďa centre of higher learning served by dedicated men and women of quality, and producing graduates to uplift the standards of living of Namibian people.í
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 10 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
Henties Bay Campus (SANUMARC)
Katima Mulilo Campus
Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus
Ongwediva Engineering Campus
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.