University of Namibia CES

University of Namibia Center For External Studies ( CES )

The Centre for External Studies (CES) is an academic centre of the University of Namibia established to ensure greater access to higher education and equity for students with various educational backgrounds. Hence, CES offers certificates, diplomas and degrees in various fields through the open and distance learning mode. Worth noting, is that CES has an intake of over 3800 students’ population. In addition, the Centre has three Departments, namely Materials Development and Instructional Design, Student Support and Student Administration. The Centre manages ten (10) Regional Centres across the country. Besides other responsibilities, our academic staff are involved in research conducted national and international in partnership with our stakeholders.
Centre for External Studies strives to become the leading open and distance-learning Centre in the country and beyond by enabling people to achieve their full potential through accessible, innovative and flexible learning. Its mission is to provide accessible quality higher education and to create opportunities for professional development to adult members of the community by providing open learning through distance and continuing education programmes.
CES caters for the educational needs of people who, for a variety of reasons, cannot come full-time to any of the University campuses to further their studies. The Centre operates through three departments: the Department of Materials Development and Instructional Design, the Department of Student Support and the Department of Continuing Education. In fulfilling their duties all three departments are supported by the CES Student Administration unit. Moreover, the three departments collaborate with internal faculties of the University and outside partners in offering formal and non-formal programmes to external students by means of distance and open learning methods. In addition, CES manages the nine University regional centres to support its programmes and students.
Furthermore, the University of Namibia recognised that successful learning through open and distance learning (ODL) requires collaboration with other ODL institutions in the country. As a result, CES is a partner in the Namibian Open Learning Network Trust (NOLNet), a publicly funded trust not for gain, charged with the responsibility of supporting open and distance-learning centres scattered throughout Namibia. As a partner in the NOLNet Trust CES students can make use of facilities of all NOLNet centres. Remember that all UNAM regional centres are part of the NOLNet centres’ network system.

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MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT AND INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

After programmes and courses have been identified by the faculties at UNAM, we develop the materials for these programmes and courses by making use of a team approach. This team approach is our quality control measure, because at every stage of the development process mistakes are likely to be picked up. In writing the distance education course materials we apply a conversational writing style, by which the students are addressed directly. Through this, we try to reduce the “distance” between the writer and the student in distance education.

Students Support

The Centre for External Studies is aware of the difficult circumstances under which many of its students have to study. It therefore provides assistance and academic support to enable students to successfully complete their studies. In providing academic support, CES recruits competent tutors to provide tutorials and mark assignments. These tutors are assigned to a module to help the students with any problems they experience during their studies. Students are encouraged to consult tutors for any problems they have in a particular module.
To supplement the use of study materials by students, the Department of Student Support arranges contact sessions in the form of 1-2 week long and/or weekend tutorials at various centres from time to time.
On an annual basis, notices of all contact sessions for each study programme are provided to students through the Regional Administrative and Student Support Officers at University Centres across the country. Students are strongly advised and encouraged to find out the dates of such sessions and make every effort to attend all contact sessions arranged for their modules. Contact sessions are a valuable opportunity for students to talk to tutors and be assisted in their modules, as well as talk to other students doing similar modules and experiencing similar problems with the purpose of forming study groups in their area of residence and/or work. During these contact sessions special attention is given to discussing problems and providing information and academic assistance on how to tackle assignments, projects or practical activities and exercises, as well as on preparing for examinations.
In addition to all these pre-arranged contact sessions, students are encouraged to consult their tutors, staff in the Department Student Support, regional staff at the UNAM Centres, or the Administrative Co-ordinators regarding any problems they might have with their studies.

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

Accounting
Bachelor of Accounting
Accounting and Auditing
Certificate in Accounting
This programme is designed for those who want to pursue their career in accounting, auditing and related fields or already in employment having job responsibilities including accounting, auditing or other related areas. The main aim of the programme is to provide an opportunity for those who otherwise do not qualify for admission in to the diploma programme.
Accounting and Auditing
Higher Diploma in Accounting
This programme is designed for those who want to pursue a career in accounting, auditing and other related fields or are already in employment having similar job responsibilities and want to progress in their accounting career. The main aim of the program is to offer a 3 year qualification in accounting as required by employers in the public and private sector.
Accounting and Auditing
Advance Diploma in Accounting
This programme is designed for those who want to pursue their career in accounting, auditing and related fields or are already in employment having job responsibilities including accounting, auditing or other related areas. The main aim of the program is to offer a 3 year qualification in accounting and auditing as required by public service commission and employers both in public and private sector. The advance diploma is a continuation of diploma and provides 1 year qualification to fulfil 3 year qualification requirement for employment purpose.
Adult Education
Bachelor of Education Honours
The B.Ed (Adult Education) is a four year programme which will provide training for Adult Educators and trainers who should
occupy professional positions of responsibility in planning, organization, management and monitoring of adult education
programmes and projects, which are provided by government or non-governmental bodies, agencies or organizations. Its
primary target audience is people who already hold positions in different areas of adult education and related fields. It will
prepare adult educators for management positions in different areas of adult education and related areas.
Business Administration
Diploma in Management Science
The aim of this qualification is to provide necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes appropriate to the pursuit of a variety of careers in industrial, commercial or public sector organisations. This is in line with the strategic objective of the University to “cultivate standards of excellence in teaching, research, and all the prescribed functions of UNAM, through encouraging constructive criticism, constant self-improvement, self-improvement, self-evaluation, and peer assessment”.
Business Administration
Advanced Diploma in Management Science
The purpose of this qualification is to provide students with in-depth knowledge of Business Administration and its specialization. This is in line with the strategic objective of the University to “cultivate standards of excellence in teaching, research, and all the prescribed functions of UNAM, through encouraging constructive criticism, constant self-improvement, self-improvement, self-evaluation, and peer assessment”.
Business Administration
Bachelor of Business Administration
The BBA program aims at developing student’s intellectual ability, executive personality and managerial skills through an appropriate blending of business and general education. The program assists the student in understanding and developing the unique leadership qualities required for successfully managing business functions, an organizational unit or an enterprise.
Educational Management And Leadership
Advanced Diploma in Education
Many schools countrywide experience high failure rates which in most cases could be attributed to ineffective management and leadership styles. It is against this background that the then Ministries of Education in 2000 and the University of Namibia conducted a survey in all regions to investigate the need for a study programme which could address this problem. Besides, the turnover of educational leaders who are promoted to management positions at regional and school levels; the establishment of new schools which require effective school management; and the increase in demand of the advanced knowledge in educational management and leadership, has necessitated the revision of the existing programme from a Specialised Diploma into an Advanced Diploma to make it more responsive to the needs of the clientele.
Entrepreneurship and New Venture Management
Diploma in Management Science
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the aspiring entrepreneur the relevant knowledge on how to go about setting up a new venture. The Diploma in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Management will equip students with relevant practical and theoretical knowledge on how to successfully set up and run a new venture.
Lifelong Learning And Community Education
Diploma in Education
This is a 3-year Module programme which will provide training for people who already have some smattering of training in adult education and are working in the field, for example, as extension officers, training officers in industry, literacy officers, community development practitioners and health educators. Typically, these are middle level personnel from a variety of settings such as departments of extension, community development, and training centres in non-governmental organizations and the private sector.
Local Government
Diploma in Political And Administrative
The Diploma in Local Government Studies is a two year programme, and aims to: Provide overall support to the decentralization and democratization effort – particularly at the level of the local state in Namibia. Support local authorities’ capacity building in a focused manner by offering largely tailor-made and demand-oriented academic programmes. Provide students with an understanding of the legal framework that regulates local governance in Namibia.
Pre-Primary And Lower Primary
Bachelor of Education Honours
The B. Ed (Pre- and Lower Primary) is a four year level eight degree programme. It prepares students to teach from the Preprimary,
Grade 1 to Grade 4. Students are required to take core modules in Education, as well as in all school subjects in this
phase. All modules are compulsory except for Namibian languages where students must select one Namibian Language or
Sign Language. Students will also have the opportunity to select one career specialisation. Appropriate teaching methods are
integrated in the phase specific school subject content modules throughout the four years of study. On completion of the
programme, students are awarded a degree in B. Ed (Pre- and Lower Primary).
Secondary
Bachelor of Education Honours
Following Namibian Independence in 1990, the new Ministry responsible for Education and Culture articulated the general
goals of Namibian Education, i.e. access, equity, quality and democracy. In response to these goals and new socio-economic
order of Namibia, the Faculty of Education introduced a four-year Bachelor of Education programme. This programme is
geared towards the preparation of secondary school teachers who are interested in the intellectual, social, moral and the
psychological development (holistic development) of the individual learner.
Taxation and Management
Certificate in Accounting
This programme is designed for those who want to pursue their career in taxation and management related fields or already in employment having job responsibilities including tax administration, management or other related areas. The main aim of the program is to provide an opportunity for those who otherwise do not qualify for admission in to diploma programs.
Upper primary
Bachelor of Education Honours
The B. Ed (Upper Primary) is a four year level eight degree programme. It prepares students to teach from Grades five to
seven. Students are required to take core modules in Education, as well as in two majors, a minor and one additional elective.
Students will also have the opportunity to select one career specialisation. Appropriate teaching methods are integrated in the
phase specific school subject content modules throughout the four years of study. On completion of the programme, students
are awarded a degree in B. Ed (Upper Primary).

POSTGRADUATE COURSES

Professional Diploma In Education
PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA IN EDUCATION
The reasons for introducing this diploma are addressing the needs and modern trends as identified during the situational analysis. The Professional Diploma in Education (PDED) provides an alternative route to graduate students who would like to become ‘competent beginner’ secondary teachers, which implies meeting NQF level 7 requirements of the National Professional Standards for Teachers (NPST). In addition, the PDED is designed for a distance education mode to provide access to students outside Windhoek.

PROSPECTUS

University of Namibia CES Prospectus PDF

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REGIONAL CENTERS CONTACTS

Regional Centres

The University manages ten regional centres across the country, namely Tsumeb (the oldest centre that was established in 1992), Khorixas, Swakopmund, Otjiwarongo, Keetmanshoop, Gobabis, Oshakati, Rundu, Katima Mulilo and the youngest Eenhana. These regional centres grew fast from outreach units to centres. All centres operate Monday to Friday, from 7H30 to 17H30, except Khorixas which is operating from 07H30 to 13H00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 14H00 – 16H30 on Tuesday and Thursday.

Eenhana Centre

Eenhana Centre is in the green small town called Eenhana, situated between Ondangwa and Oshikango. Eenhana is in the Ohangwena Region, northern Namibia, on the border with Angola. The Centre is in Office 9, Eenhana Community Centre, Kaxumba Kandola Street. Tel: +264-65-263244 / Fax: +264-65-263246. Currently, the Centre caters for around two hundred distance students.

Gobabis Centre

Gobabis Centre is in the town of Gobabis, eastern Namibia. It is situated 200 km down the Trans-Kalahari Highway from Windhoek to Botswana. The centre is located in the Old Mutual Building. Tel: +264- 62-562268/ Fax: +264-62- 562289. It caters for one hundred distance students.

Katima Mulilo Centre

Katima Mulilo Centre is in Katima Mulilo, a town in the Caprivi Strip and in the Zambezi Region, Namibia’s far northeast extension into central Southern Africa. The Centre is at the Katima Mulilo Campus. Tel: + 264 -66- 253587 / Fax + 264-66- 253588. It caters for around two hundred distance students.

Keetmanshoop Centre

Keetmanshoop Centre is in the southern part of the country in a town called Keetmanshoop, a city in the Karas Region, lying on the Trans-Namib Railway/ Trans-Kalahari Highway approximately 500km from Windhoek to Upington in South Africa. The centre is at the UNAM Southern Campus. Tel: +264-63-222210/ Fax +264-63-222211. It provides administrative and student support services to about two hundred students.

Khorixas Centre

Khorixas Centre is in small town of Khorixas, located between Uis, Outjo and Kamanjab, in southern Kunene Region. It is in Jan Pick Centre, a Teachers’ Resource Centre. Tel/ Fax: +264 – 67 – 331028. It caters for around forty distance students.

Oshakati Centre

Oshakati Centre is in Oshakati town at the northern part of Namibia in Oshana Region. The centre is at the Oshakati Campus, Eliander Mwatale Street. Tel: +264-65-2232000/ 223 2268/223 2269; Fax: +264-65-223 2283. It caters for more than one thousand distance students.

Otjiwarongo Centre

Otjiwarongo Centre is in a large town (Otjiwarongo) and the biggest business centre for the Otjozondjupa Region. It is situated in central-north Namibia, lying on the Trans-Namib Caprivi Highway /Trans-Kalahari Highway. It is located on the First Floor, Brumme Hotel, 25 Hage Geingob Street. Tel: +264-67-302213/ Fax: +264-67-303675. The centre caters for around two hundred distance students.

Rundu Centre

Rundu Centre is in the Rundu town, in Kavango East Region northern Namibia, on the border with Angola and on the banks of the Kavango River. The Centre is at the Rundu Campus. Tel: +264-66- 268 6000/268 6078/ 268 6081; Fax: +264-66- 268 6076. It caters for around four hundred students.

Swakopmund Centre

Swakopmund Centre is in a town on the coast of western Namibia (Swakopmund), 280 km (170 mi) west of Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. Swakopmund is one of the coastal towns alongside the Atlantic Ocean. The centre is located in the Klimas Building. Tel: +264-64- 404343 / Fax: +264-64- 405261. It caters for around two hundreds distance students.

Tsumeb Centre

Tsumeb Centre is in a gold town of Tsumeb, the largest town in Oshikoto region in northern Namibia. Tsumeb is the “gateway to the north” of Namibia and the closest town to the Etosha National Park. The centre located at the corner of Sam Nujoma Drive and Pendukeni Iivula – Iithana Avenue, Number 541. Tel / Fax + 264-67- 220288. It caters for around two hundred students.

Windhoek Centre

Windhoek Centre is in Windhoek at the University of Namibia Main Campus, F – Block (Old Library). The centre caters for more than one thousand five hundred distance students.Tel: +264-61- 206 3177; Fax: +264-61- 206 3617.