31 August 1992Promulgation of the University of Namibia Act (Act 18 of 1992)
Student PopulationUnder 2000
23 & 24 April 1993Installation and Inauguration of 1st Chancellor (Dr Sam Nujoma) and 1st Vice-Chancellor (Dr Peter Katjavivi), and 1st Graduation Ceremony.
01 Sept 1994Stone laying/ building donation of the "old WOK" building as the new Main Campus Building
07 May 1998Opening of the Oshakati Campus by Dr Sam Nujoma
2000Establishment of the Department of Engineering and Technology
09 Nov 2002Alumni Association launched, 1st in Oshakati and later in Windhoek
2003UNAM Choir wins 1st place in the prestigious Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur Vereniging (ATKV) Choral Festival in Johannesburg, RSA
April 2003Dr Eino Mvula, 1st UNAM graduate with a PhD in Chemistry
20042nd Vice-Chancellor, Prof Lazarus Hangula, assumes office.
2007Ground-breaking of the Engineering Campus
20081st Kalimbeza Rice Project rice harvest
01 Apr 2010Government transfers Colleges of Education to the University
29 April 2011Inauguration of the Medical Campus and the Life Sciences I Building by H.E. Dr Hifikepunye Pohamba
2013UNAM graduates its 1st batch of 30 engineering students
2013Southern Campus officially opened and registered 45 students on full-time mode
April 2016UNAM graduates 1st 35 Namibian trained Medical Doctors
2016Student population: 20 975
Staff: 2 011
2017UNAM Rugby wins 3rd consecutive Rugby Premier League title, whilst maintaining a 28 games unbeaten streak!
2017Establishment of the School of Dentistry
29 March 2018Inauguration of the 3rd Chancellor, Dr Nangolo Mbumba
29 June 2018Prof Kenneth Matengu announced as the next Vice-Chancellor
May 20181st Southern Campus Graduation, with over 200 graduates, and an Honorary PhD in Education for 89 year old Sr. Paule Elizabeth Atiogbe
20201st Online Graduation Ceremony, due to Covid-19 pandemic
July 20201st Veterinary Doctors graduate online
2021Namibian female astrophysicist, Hambeleleni Davids, secures a grant from African Astronomical Society (AfAS)
2021Restructuring at UNAM leads to the conversion of 8 Faculties to 4 Faculties and 16 Schools
2021UNAM leads the establishment of Namibia’s Green Hydrogen Research Institute
2022Opening of the Veterinary Training Hospital
20221st Physiotheraphy and Occupational Therapist graduate
May 2022In-person graduation ceremony
Aug 2022Landmark Welsh Graduation Ceremony recognises UNAM Vice Chancellor
2022Student population: Over 28 000
Staff: Over 2500
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The Engaged University@30
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Celebrating cultural diversity in the context of the Anniversary.
Recognising long serving staff.
Promoting staff wellness.
To profile and share their academic work and research with the public, and to demonstrate human capital concentration at the University.
Three High-Level Public Lectures to share personal reflections on the initial years of the establishment of the University.
To showcase the contribution of the University to human capital development.