University Receives IT Equipment

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By Frederick Philander WINDHOEK A consignment of electronic study equipment from Britain was yesterday officially handed over to the vice-rector of the International University of Management (IUM) in the capital. A total of 100 computers and 20 laptops were included in the consignment donated to IUM by the Rotary Club of Sandy, Bedfordshire in England. “This donation is an investment on the part of all donors who expect returns through the training and skills impartation using these computers. The donated computers are being used not only for academic courses, but for short courses opened to Namibians from all walks of life,” Dr David Namwandi said. A number of lecturers and students attended the official handing-over ceremony on the IUM campus. “I wish to acknowledge the generous support from Air Namibia that once again has remained true to its word to ensure that all the equipment was brought to Namibia at no cost to our institution. Furthermore, I would like to appeal to other local companies to emulate Air Namibia and our overseas donors to support indigenous initiatives such as ours,” he said. According to the representative of the donor, Dr Julian Shuba, there is an urgent need and demand for computer literacy and training in Namibia. “If more training were available, more local students would be able to acquire IT skills, qualifications and expertise that would allow them to get better jobs. With the support and backing of the Namibian Government and Air Namibia, this project was adopted by the Rotary Club Sandy,” Dr Shuba said of the project which has since last year facilitated the collection of more than 200 computers.