No university in Okahandja, yet

12 July 2018 | Education

Prospective students who were eagerly waiting the opening of the Limkokwing University in Okahandja in September, will have to wait a little longer.

Limkokwing is a private university with campuses in Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Sierra Leone and its main campus in Malaysia.

Although the first intake for local students was expected in September, according to municipal officials in Okahandja, that won't be possible. “An application was received to open the campus here in Okahandja but currently we are in the very early stages of this process,” says Charles Elukena, local economic development officer as the Okahandja municipality.

As of date, this application has not been approved and by no means will a university be able to start classes two months from now. “The opening of this university is not yet confirmed,” he said. Should the project be approved, the university will be situated in Elifas Eiseb Street in the town.

In spite of social media posts about the September opening, upon enquiry, the university could not confirm any information about a campus in Namibia and did not respond with additional information before going to print.

However, according to a media report earlier this week, the mayor of the Okahandja town council, Johannes Hindjou, denied claims that the municipality was giving special treatment to the Limkokwing University which wants to lease a property.

“Community members criticised council regarding the lease of a building on land measuring about 13 100m² in the Nau Aib location at N$30 000 a month,” according to the article. Residents were against the leasing of the property, because it is community property.

They feel town council is in the wrong because it did not consult the community, with various SMEs who have been conducting business from the premises. However, according to the mayor those who are currently renting space at the building are paying just N$500 per month, and that those who qualify to be accommodated at the building would still be allowed to stay.

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Namibian high commissioner to Malaysia, Gebhard Kandanga, visited the university there along with a team of officials from the Ministry of Education. They called on the president of Limkokwing, Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing, to discuss collaboration, including opening a campus in Namibia. According to a news article on the university website, after these discussions, about a 100 Namibian students began classes at the university in 2013 under the Langkawi International Dialogue scholarship programme.

“Namibia is keen to develop its human capital resources to drive economic development and is seeking the assistance of Limkokwing University to produce graduates empowered with innovative knowledge and industry skills to power Namibia forward,” according to the post.

Furthermore, it was reported that Wing would visit Namibia for further talks between both parties. However, it could not be confirmed if the visit came about.

Limkokwing is a university of creative technology that offers programmes like advertising, television and radio broadcasting, graphic design, music, interior design, architectural technology and business information systems.

Although a Namibian number has been provided for details pertaining to the programmes and tuition fees, calls were left unanswered.

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