University of Namibia

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University of Namibia
Logo UNAM Namibia.png
Motto Innovation and Academic Excellence
Type Public university
Established 1992
Chancellor Hifikepunye Pohamba
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Lazarus Hangula
Academic staff
Students 10,400
Location Windhoek, Khomas Region, Namibia
Campus 5 urban and 6 rural campuses in 9 regions


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The University of Namibia (Unam) is a national research university located in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Established by an act of the National Assembly on 31 August 1992, it includes Faculties of Agriculture and Natural resources, Economics & Management Sciences, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law, Medical & Health Science, and Science. UNAM is one of the best public universities in Africa, having consistently ranked within the Top 40 of tertiary institutions on the continent in the past 10 years.[1] The University of Namibia is the only institution in the world to offer a doctorate in the study of the Khoekhoe language.

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology[edit]

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology was founded on 1 January 2008 following the dissolution of the Department of Engineering and Technology, which had existed under the Faculty of Science since 2000. The ground breaking ceremony was conducted by Sam Nujoma, the then Chancellor of the University of Namibia at Ongwediva on 17 November 2007. The ceremony took place on a 13-hectare plot of land that had been donated to UNAM by the Ongwediva Town Council.

In January 2008, the National Planning Commission approved funding for construction of Phase 1 of the new Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FOET) in Ongwediva. Construction work began in April 2008 with emphasis on lecture rooms, staff offices, laboratories, IT facilities, student hostels, staff houses and other support facilities. It was the completion of these facilities (Phase 1A) that enabled the first batch of students to be admitted in the FOET.[2]


Notable academics at the University of Namibia have included Bience Gawanas, Nico Horn,[3] André du Pisani, Dorian Haarhoff, and Günter Heimbeck.

Marks scandal[edit]

It has been reported that UNAM's lecturers have been exchanging marks for sexual favours from students and exchanging money for doing their assignments. This has resulted in serious academic degradation and a matter of serious concern for Namibian government and UNAM management to investigate and combat such illegal practices.[4][5][6][7]

Notable people[edit]



  1. ^ "Top 200 Universities in Africa | 2016 University Rankings". Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
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  3. ^ "Dr. Nico Horn - Professor and Human Rights Leader". Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  4. ^ "Unam turned into 'academic brothel'". The Namibian. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "RDP responds to UNAM's sex trade saga". Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Namibian lecturers prey on students sexually". monitor. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "UNAM knew about sex-for-marks claims". The Namibian. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Liswaniso, Mwaka (18 July 2014). "Theo-Ben Gurirab (1938 ...) An educator, politician and diplomat". New Era. p. 6. 
  9. ^ "USG Abdelaziz meeting with Ms. Francine Muyumba | Office of the Special Adviser on Africa, OSAA". Retrieved 2016-12-06. 

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Coordinates: 22°36′40″S 17°03′27″E / 22.61111°S 17.05750°E / -22.61111; 17.05750