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Virginia Namwandi takes “sabbatical leave”

The International University of Namibia(IUM) has appointed an acting vice-chancellor to take over the reins after Virginia Namwandi stood down.

Namwandi has taken sabbatical leave and Professor Kingo Mchombu has since been appointed in an acting capacity, this newspaper has learnt.
She has been with IUM since 1994 and saw the institution transform from a non-degree awarding body to a university, having started with one student and now boasts a student population that is currently more than 9,000.
“The IUM Governing Council has granted the current vice chancellor Virginia Namwandi , Sabbatical Leave to finalise various projects she is engaged in, after serving the institution in various capacities without a break since 1994,” said IUM Founder and Council Chair Dr David Namwandi in an official correspondence seen by The Patriot.
Mchombu, who served as the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Academic Affairs for IUM, took over on 1 January 2017.
Mchombu worked for the University of Namibia[UNAM] in the past, having served UNAM in various capacities such as Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor of Information and Communication Studies. His duties included Faculty Management, teaching, research and community service.
He also held various positions at the University of Botswana and University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Mchombu holds a PhD and Master degree in Information Studies from the University of Loughborough, UK and a Bachelor degree in political science and literature from the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
His biography indicates that he has conducted research in several African countries including: Namibia, Malawi, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Botswana and published widely. He also serves on the editorial board of several African and international journals.

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