His Excellency, Former President of Botswana launches Botho University Alumni Association
Alumni refers to an association of graduates or former students of a school. Alumni are a valuable resource for any university because they can help raise awareness of the university to the outside world, thus Botho University saw it fitting to create the association and officially launch it on 27 February 2014. The Association most often referred to as BUAA was officially launched by His Excellency Former President of Botswana, Mr. Festus Mogae. The event was graced by more than one hundred graduates eager to be part of the association and to make a difference; not only to put their names on the map but also that of Botho University. When giving out his keynote address, His Excellency mentioned that the Alumni Association will raise the profile of Botho University among its alumni, which would eventually be a platform for them to support the university in various ways. As mentioned by Mr. Kenneth Moeng, Botho University alumnus, “Graduates
need to remember that the Alumni Association should be about allowing practicing graduates to give back to communities, and continuously advise students on expectations of the job market”. Being a BUAA member has its benefits as mentioned during the launch which include discounts on short courses, career counselling and career connection or exposure through our newly established Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system where the alumni would be able to access online jobs posted by employers. Other benefits include attendance of events organised by the Career Services department such as the community service day and recognition of outstanding alumni at the annual graduation ceremony.
Karate Team Perfoms well on national and international championships
The Botho University karate club has done well so far in the competitions held on the first quarter of 2014. On the 1st March 2014, three Botho University karate club members each won a medal at the Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) Championship held in Gaborone. Molefe Molemi won a bronze medal for 84kg elite ‘Kumite’ and Leruo Masole won a silver medal for 60kg in the same category. Thato Malunga, team captain, came tops in the team and won a gold medal for ‘Kumite’ and ‘Kata’ in the female category.
As the karate team is highly dedicated, at the Gaborone Open Championship held recently on 15th March, 2014, Leruo Masole did wonders by winning a gold medal and Molefe Molemi also got away with a bronze. Several countries including Namibia, Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana and Estonia took place in the competition.
Francistown Centre donates a computer to Lebogang CJSS
Botho University Francistown Centre has donated a desktop computer to Lebogang Community Junior Secondary School in Selebi Phikwe.
The computer was hand delivered by the Centre Manager, Mr. Joseph Gwekwerere on 6th November 2013 in response to the request by the school.
Botho University blackboard mobile learn study from anywhere in the world
Botho university is pleased to announce that you can now access blackboard through your smart phone or any other mobile tablet device. The full power of blackboard is now available for you in a more portable, versatile and compact form called blackboard mobile learn.
‘Get IT Certified’ Workshop
The Department of Professional Development under the Faculty of Education & Continuing Studies in collaboration with Career Services Department hosted an event dubbed ‘Get IT Certified’ workshop to sensitize students and alumni of Botho University on the importance of ICT certifications. The event was held on the 13th of February 2014 and drew together IT industry experts and vendor representatives to shed some light on various certifications available and the foreseeable monetary and employment advantages of owning one. The event was graced by Mr. Wayne Petje, a representative of Oracle, Mr. Norman Sebonego, from ICDL and Mr. Billy Batlegang, HOD-Professional Development Department. There is a wide range of certifications that IT professionals
can pursue such as ICDL, Oracle, Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, CCNA , CompTIA A+ , CompTIA N+ and many more. It is a very important factor for employers when considering criteria for hiring graduates as a Bachelors degree alone does not put employment candidates at the forefront of the race. The advantage with owning a certification is that it validates the skills of the recipient to the employer, said Mr. Norman Sebonego from ICDL.
Students and Alumni are encouraged to visit the Professional Development Department in the Faculty of Education and Continuing Studies to learn more about the available certifications and prepare to gain advantage over other graduates.
Career Services Corner
The department held 3 workshops during the month of February. The workshops were geared towards developing the students with knowledge and skills that are not offered in the classroom. The emphasis of these workshops was to give students as much exposure as possible, by imparting life and career knowledge. The workshop also allowed the students to interact with stakeholders in the global market, and get first hand information on what the market expects from them, as well as sharing the life skills they need to transition from school to corporate life.
The first workshop was the Harrison Assessments Talk Show. Harrison Assessment is an online assessment tool used by industry worldwide to assist with a variety of human resource issues and challenges. In this workshop students interacted with a specialist whose background is on career choices and personal development. He taught the students how to make the right choices and how to align their field of study to the jobs or services that they are passionate about. This has proved to result in effective job performances as well as little work related stress. The assessment also availed a platform in which students can take online tests that will highlight their possible career traits.
The second workshop was on “The importance of getting IT certified”. Students were sensitised and advised, to get certifications in addition to their basic degrees and diplomas as certification advances one’s degree or diploma and presents prospective employers with one’s specialised skill. They were given a vast exposure on the certifications that the global market is advocating for. Certifications like ICDL, ORACLE, CISCO and MICROSOFT were picked among others and cited as scarce in the market, so students were advised on the possible areas where they can get certified.
The Community Support Workshop was the third workshop to be held in the month of February. In this workshop, students were informed of benefits of volunteering or even showing compassion towards others. They were also informed that benefits of volunteering are vital for one’s career as community support is one of the aspects that employers look out for in their resumes. Furthermore, volunteering and compassion, helps one develop personally as well as have peace with oneself and therefore lead to high self-concept and esteem. Some of the NGOs that embraced the workshop are: Young Leaders Organisation, Botho Compassion Movement, Masiela Trust Fund, Humana People to People, Botswana Student Network, BOSASNEt, Masedi a Botswana and Wena Environmental and News Trust. In closing, the workshop NGOs invited students to join them as volunteers and members.
All the three workshops mentioned were geared towards improving students resumes and passion, as well as moulding each student into a well-rounded candidate, which Botho University prides itself on. These workshops are vital for students whether they just wanted some helpful information on career choice, or they just wanted to have fun and develop new ideas. The job market is overloaded with job-hunting graduates, so an opportunity to attend these kind of workshops can help one learn new skills, reach out to the community, advance one`s career and even make friends.
Projects Office is now available in Francistown and Maun Centres
Extending its hand to reach all Botho University branches, Projects Office has been officially launched in Francistown and Maun. Now students in these centres will benefit from internships that are offered through the Projects Office as they will be given an opportunity to work on real life projects. Already, a group of interns in Francistown have developed and launched the Francistown City Council website through the Projects Office. The team of interns includes Rufas Rice, William Tebogo, Thabo Otsweleng, Joshua Nchingani and Merapelo Kenatshele. The Mayor of Francistown His Worship, Honourable James Kgalajwe was pleased, and for this presented a letter of appreciation to Botho University.
2013 WISE Programme for Education Leadership
The Vice Chancellor Dr. Sheela Raja Ram participated in the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Program for Educational Leadership in October 2013 in Qatar. This is an initiative of the Qatar Foundation, the International Association of University Presidents and the Institute of International Education. The leadership program had participants from 21 countries and the WISE summit thereafter had more than 1,200 prominent education, corporate, political and social leaders from over 100 countries taking part in three days of debate, dialogue and networking about innovation in education.
Projects Office Showcase
The event was held on 24th January, 2014 where students and staff displayed software application projects that they have been developed under the roof of the Projects Office. These included students’ own individual projects that they had completed through the mentorship and guidance of the Projects Office staff.
The student personal projects that were on showcase included; Library Token System (LTS) by Moitsemang Nkwamba and Janet Molebatsi, Client Database Management System (CDMS) by Bogosi Masego and Kesegofetse Keakopa, Inventory Management System (IDMS) by Tefo S. Mothowe and team, Abercon website by Tshepho Tiroyakgosi and Igobe Precious Shaka, and Android Study Planner by Thato Montshiwa and Kebonetsala Isaiah. Other projects also on display were the Leave Management System (LMS), Student Database Management System (SDMS) and Botho Help Desk iTracker that were developed through the collaboration of students and staff of the Projects Office.
The experience gained by students who enroll with the Projects Office would go a long way for them as it raises their competitive bar for employment. Their participation in real life projects gives them real life work experience. More students are encouraged to join Projects Office for available internships and to make a positive difference to their graduate profile!