PM calls for courageous graduates

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has urged International University of Management students to remain courageous and strong, as they face the challenge of breaking into the job market, after graduating.
Speaking this week at the IUM’s Institute of Management Sciences’ graduation ceremony, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila acknowledged the difficult situation that most graduates find themselves in, after obtaining their qualifications at institutions of higher learning.   
“When you leave the IUM campus after having had the opportunity to learn and grow, (you should know that) we are faced with a global economy and our own economy that is struggling.
“But I am excited for you, because it is at moments like these when we need a new generation to offer new ideas and a new energy to meet the challenges we face as a country.
“I hope that you can find joy in the lives you choose, because you are completing one important phase of your life today, and embarking on an amazing new adventure.
“Serious decisions about life surely lie ahead, but take the time to savour the joys, large and small, that come along the way,” Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said.
About 1,700 IUM students graduated this week with various qualifications, including doctoral and masters’ degrees.
The number of students at the privately owned institute of higher learning has grown significantly to 8,000 this year, up from 1000 when the university was officially launched in 2002.
The institution has also made strides by growing its academic accredited programmes from 11 to 37 in 2016.
“Indeed, IUM is continuing to enhance the education and training sector’s contribution to the attainment of strategic national development goals and to facilitate our nation’s transition to a competitive knowledge-based economy by focusing on key pillars, such as education and learning, innovation, and information technologies,” Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said.
The prime minister further said that her office recognises and appreciates the many positive developments, achievements and the progress in the education system.
She, however, said that it has been shown that too many children are not yet gaining the basic skills of a functional literacy and numeracy.
“More than that, at the current level of performance in education, we will not be producing citizens who are capable of responding effectively to the challenge of a modern industrial society, by producing all the required managerial and technical personnel expected of us by Vision 2030.”