Medical university unaccredited

The Windhoek Medical University has seized all media advertisements on Professional (Registrable) Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs subsequent to Health Professions Councils of Namibia (HPCNA) putting out a notice that courses advertised are not approved by the Councils as required by the relevant Acts.

“Windhoek Medical University has suspended all media advertisement on Professional programmes as it is still in the process to comply with regulatory guidelines for institutional registration and accreditation.Windhoek Medical University attest that no students has been registered for Professional Certificate, Diploma and Degree course,” said the university.

The university said it is currently only running one year PreMedical (foundational) courses in basic sciences and short courses that are non-registrable programmes.

However, Frans Gertze Chief Executive Officer of Namibia Qualification Authority (NQA) said the university is not registered for any and course at all.

“They are not registered with NQA they only called for a courtesy call earlier last year. We advised them that the medical universities are governed by two bodies which is NQA and HPCN and they both need to approve the curriculum and you should prove that you can articulate these programs. We have not received the entire application I can’t say whether the foundation courses can be recognized,” Gertze said.

According to the universities website, it is a private company Mordecai Investment Group (Pty) Limited registered in Namibia recommended for the development of a specialized University through private initiative under a corporate structure under the Ministry of Finance.

“This specialized Technical and Vocational Medical University would ideally admit its students globally, and would aim to revolutionize the delivery of healthcare services through the integration of advanced technology, transform the quality and efficiency of regional health care delivery, strengthen the university’s region-wide, bioscience economic development, and serve as an international magnet for innovation, research, and scholarship along international institutional collaborations,” states the website.

The website further staes that it opened its doors last year to students for July-August 2022 intake with phase one training programs.

In a statement by HPCNA registrar Cornelius Weyulu , he warned the public from registering into the institution the institution nor the healthcare related courses advertised were approved by any of the Councils as required by the relevant Acts.

“The consequences of enrolling for healthcare related courses which are not approved by the Councils are that:The person pursuing the course cannot be registered with any of the

Councils as a student and consequently cannot be allowed to enter any public or private hospitals and health facilities in Namibia for the purposes of practical training and

Upon completion of the course such person will not be registered with any of the Councils and therefore will not be allowed to practice a health care profession in Namibia,” he said.

By Observer