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The University of Namibia was founded on August 31, 1992, by a law passed by the legislature. The institution is led by a Chancellor, who serves in a nominal capacity and is not actively involved in day-to-day operations. The Vice Chancellor serves as the University’s Chief Executive Officer and is directly responsible to the University Council. The highest governing body of the university is the UNAM Council.

UNAM continues to make a significant contribution to the economic, social, and cultural advancement of the nation via its fundamental activities of teaching, research, innovation, and community service. By establishing connections with business, companies, educational institutions, and governmental organizations, UNAM provides services to a wide range of persons around the world.

The university has more than 30 000 students enrolled.


To provide higher education, undertake research, advance and disseminate knowledge, provide extension services, encourage the growth and nurturing of cultural expressions within the context of the Namibian society, to further training and continuing education, contribute to the social and economic development of Namibia, and to foster relationships with any person or institution both nationally and internationally – University of Namibia Act of 1992 (Act 18 of 1992)


To contribute to the achievement of national and international development goals through the pursuit of translational research, quality training and innovation.


To be a sustainable international hub of excellence in higher education, training, research and innovation by 2030.


The following core values define our code of conduct, behaviour, ethics guidelines, interactions and decision-making (hiring, promotion, relationships building, etc.).


A commitment to and dedication in relations with other people, and competence in the workplace. The key associated behaviours include excellence, effectiveness, ethics, kindness and politeness.


Refers to the fair and impartial treatment of colleagues, customers and stakeholders, regardless of differences. Fairness, patience, tolerance and embracing diversity are the key associated behaviours for equity.


Refers to honesty and loyalty in our conduct with others Integrity is associated with key behaviours such as openness, trustworthiness, reliability and dependability.


Due diligence in completing assigned tasks, while also taking responsibility for actions. UNAM identifies accountability with due diligence, transparency, responsibility and commitment as the key associated behaviors.