Welcome to the Centre for External Studies (CES). The Centre for External Studies (CES) was set up as part of the new University of Namibia (UNAM) in August 1992. It grew out of the Department of Distance Teaching of the former Academy. The University of Namibia created CES as an academic centre of UNAM in order to ensure greater access to higher education and equity for students with various educational backgrounds. Eleven years after its creation, CES continues to develop approaches that help students become independent and lifelong learners.

While studying with other open and distance education institutions in the region may be attractive, CES at the University of Namibia will provide you with the best facilities, approaches and methods that support independent learning and assist you in achieving your personal goals. We will also provide you with learning materials, academic support and technologies that meet your individual needs.

Furthermore, we recognise the contribution that graduates make to society and we therefore endeavour to provide a wide range of study programmes to our students. We also recognise that your work and family are important to you and have therefore decided to bring higher education right to your doorsteps.

We, at CES, hope that this prospectus will provide you with the information you need to select the right programme and make informed decisions about your personal and professional career goals.

CES Prospectus (PDF)



Visionary, the 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. A list of the UNAM regional centres is available under General Information on page 5 of this prospectus, and they could provide you with a list of all the NOLNet centres.

Partners in Open and Distance Learning

Namibian Open Learning Network Trust: www.nolnet.edu.na

Distance Education Association of Southern Africa (DEASA): www.deasa.org.za

South African Institute for Distance Education: www.saide.org.za

FernUniversität: www.fernuni-hagen.de


All CES programmes are offered by open and distance learning (ODL) mode. Open and distance learning is a unique method of study in the sense that instruction and learning take place with the instructor and the students in different places for most of the time. Different media are used for teaching distance education students. The main medium of instruction at CES is through the printed materials, which are occasionally supplemented by weekend tutorials, 1 – 2 weeks contact sessions, audio, audio-vision, video conferencing and telephone tutorials. With ODL teaching methods, it is possible for CES students to study when and where they wish throughout the country. For practical modules, practical activities are arranged at different times of the year at the convenience of students and lecturers.

In order to make it easier for students to digest study materials, each course is divided into modules and each module is divided into units with activities for the students to be able to assess their own understanding of the module. Supplementary reading is recommended in the form of a reader that will be supplied with the study material or a prescribed textbook that should be bought by the student or borrowed from the library. Where modules are accompanied by audiocassettes, these are supplied to students.


Study materials are usually supplied to the students during registration when they pay their fees. Students must pay for any material that is re-issued.  Students are responsible for purchasing any prescribed textbooks for their modules. Full particulars concerning the prescribed textbooks are contained in the modules. Students are strongly advised to order their books from the Campus Bookstore in Windhoek or other bookshops in good time as this will prevent many unnecessary delays and disappointments. Students are also reminded that some textbooks might be available at the University Centres for reference purposes. Students should consult with the University Regional Officers concerning prescribed textbooks for their modules. Students are reminded that the Centre for External Studies does not sell prescribed books and cannot order these textbooks for the students. Books are prescribed for most modules and must be ordered directly from the distributors.


The University of Namibia provides excellent library services to all its students, whether fulltime or distance education students. The University’s library services are available throughout the country, at the University regional centres. It should however be noted that there are only limited stocks of library books available from University Centres. Nonetheless, library services are available free of charge to all registered students of the University of Namibia upon presentation of their current student card. The library will lend recommended books and other supplementary reading materials to students. Students can also use computer facilities available at the regional centres, Northern Campus and Windhoek Campus libraries for study purposes. Students must note that prescribed textbooks in the library can only be used as reference materials and many can only be borrowed on a short-term basis. Students who do not return library material on loan on the due date will not receive their examination results until all outstanding library material has been returned to the University Library, NOLNet centres or to the University Regional Centre from which it was borrowed.

Class Fees for 2011

Contact Numbers for the Regional Centres:
Gobabis +264 - 62 - 562268
Katima Mulilo +264 - 66 - 253587
Keetmanshoop +264 - 63 - 222210
Khorixas +264 - 67 - 331028
Otjiwarongo +264 - 67 - 302213
Rundu +264 - 66 - 255185
Swakopmund +264 - 64 - 404343
Tsumeb +264 - 67 - 220288
Northern Campus +264 - 65 - 2232000

The Administrative Coordinator
P/Bag 13245
Tel: +264-61 206-3676
Fax: +264-61 206-3016
E-mail: wdavies@unam.na/afelix@unam.na

web   www.unam.na