The senior management of Botho University is proud to present the strategy plan for the period 2013- 2017. This plan was built with inputs from a wide stakeholder group that includes staff, student leadership and external stakeholders such as regulatory bodies, government, community leaders, employers and the industry.
It should be noted that we were given approvals to operate as a university in March 2013, almost at the early stages of this plan. Most of our objectives remain the same even with the change of status except that the objective of becoming a university could now be read as creating a world-class university.
A review of the previous strategy plan 2008-2012, showed that the institution had achieved most of the goals that were then considered ambitious. The confidence gained by exceeding expectations on the previous plan brings a great deal of energy and enthusiasm into the current planning process.
The year 2012 marked the 15th anniversary of Botho and this milestone was celebrated by "doing more" for the community we serve. The previous strategy established strong academic and management structures that drive sustainable quality through well defined processes and committed human resources. The current strategy plan proposes to take the institution to great heights since the college became a university. We now offer our own programmes and have steadily increased the number of faculties and programmes, including a proposed Engineering faculty, we have also successfully created an enabling environment for research.
The stage is set for Botho to become a powerhouse of knowledge creation, a strong provider of quality education and a driver for social transformation in Botswana.
Our focus on providing an excellent student experience has now been recognised by the market as we see an overwhelming number of applications for entry. The Botho Graduate Profile sits at the centre of all our endeavours to produce a well-rounded graduate who has employability skills and who can contribute to nation building and community development.
Botho University can be said to be a child of the nation, born and nurtured by Botswana's progressive policies that support the development of private tertiary education. We recognise the key role we play in supporting the national strategy for economic diversification and the national Vision 2016, we aim to produce valuable human resources in critical disciplines such as Computing, Accounting, various Business fields such as, Jewellery Design, Hospitality and Tourism, Health Administration and Engineering.
This strategy shall take the organisation on a path of growth and excellence in the next four years. The following four key results are expectedof this strategy:
- Building a University
- Investment in staff development
- Improved student performance
- Offering a wide range of quality programmes in critical disciplines
The Office of Staff & Student Outreach (OSSO) is made up of the Human Resources Department and the Students and Alumni Affairs Department – SAAD. The OSSO provides centralized services to the staff, students, alumni and community. The broad spectrum of services in this office is implemented through the Human Resources Department and Student and Alumni Affairs Department. This office espouses the spirit of positive social change for development of individuals and the community at large.
Providing quality educational experience is the primary mandate of the SAAD Department. The departments offer services such as counseling, career development and guidance, internships, job placements, sports, culture and recreation, student's grievance handling and resolution etc. Botho University continues to value the never ending relationship with its graduates, hence the continued network with all our alumni through the Botho University Alumni Association (BUAA).
OSSO is an intrinsic part of the community; therefore we value the mutual partnership that exists between BU and the community. In light of the above, our staff, students and alumni are actively engaged in community support initiatives. These initiatives exist through partnerships with local, regional and international stakeholders. In a nutshell, OSSO exists to nurture raw talent into morally upright, well rounded and employable graduates!!
STUDENTS AND ALUMNI AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT – SAAD
It is a student centered department that ‘enhance out of classroom education through quality support services and programmes’. Services offered by the department are:
Counselling Services :
The unit is available to provide students with psychosocial support, career counseling and academic advising.
The student relations unit is responsible for ensuring good relations between the students and the university at large as well as promoting student governance, by overseeing Student Representative Council (SRC) operations.
The unit provides students with a platform to lodge complaints when they feel that they have been unfairly treated.
Special Needs Support
The special needs unit is responsible for managing the welfare of students with special learning needs. The services include: special accommodation during exams, classroom support and resource lab/centre among others.
Internships, Graduate Placement & Career Development
The unit deals with connecting students with appropriate internship opportunities and assisting graduates in seeking employment. The unit is also responsible for helping students determine and fulfill their career goals through a variety programs, services, and resources.
The Alumni Relations Unit aims to foster a lifelong relationship between the university and its graduates. Its intention is to build strong networks with graduates through Career Development Support, Lifelong Learning and Career Fairs.
Health and Wellness
The unit manages the health and wellness of students and staff. It manages the operations of the University clinic and medical emergency evacuations. Some of the services provided include: assistance with minor illness, referrals to major clinics and hospitals, management of HIV and AIDS interventions and campaigns as well as other wellness programmes.
Personal Development & Leadership Initiatives
SAA is mandated to teach students life skills. These skills will enable students to cope with tertiary life and life beyond the university, by managing and administering the following: Development Workshops, First Year Experience (FYE), Mentorship, Motivation Sessions and Leadership Trainings.
Sports, Culture and Recreation
The unit seeks to contribute to academic performance and personal success by promoting welfare and wellness through talent enhancement and management. This unit has a variety of sporting and non-sporting clubs which seek to contribute to the development of each student in relation to the Botho Graduate Profile. The clubs include but are not limited to: Sporting Clubs (soccer, netball, volleyball, basketball, athletics etc) and Non – Sporting Clubs (drama, Christian movement, debate, choir, bridge etc.)
Botho University is committed to the improvement of people’s lives in various communities through skills development, entrepreneurship and community empowerment. This division encourages students to interact with communities in planning and implementing programmes and/or activities aimed at addressing the current demands and situations they are facing, emphasising on instilling the values of volunteerism, Botho, spirit of giving and compassion.
Allocation of residences and it is responsible for all welfare aspects of residents in the student accommodation..
Welfare of International Students
Keep a database of all international students and attend to all welfare matters and to ensure that all newly enrolled international students are provided with all the relevant information. The unit is also responsible for managing all logistics of student exchange programmes.
The Entrepreneurship Laboratory (eLab) is an initiative was established to provide a supportive ecosystem for students aspiring to harness their innovative skills and turn them into entrepreneurial activities. It serves to help Botho University students to identify practical applications to current issues, problems and needs. The eLab focuses on promoting creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship on a more experiential interactive note.
SERVICES UNDER HR:
- Staff Welfare
- Training & Development
- Recruitment, Selection & Placement
Botho University established the Office of Quality Management with a mandate to plan and implement an effective organizational quality control and assurance system for university operations. The operational frameworks should ensure internal standards and regulatory requirements adhered to. The approach of quality management at Botho University is inline with national and international practices and core emphasis on continuous improvement. The key principle of university quality is self-evaluation which in turn leads to internal and external reviews/ audits of university operation such as learning, teaching, research and all other support services. The responsibility of quality management and monitoring of the university lies within the Internal Quality Assurance Department (IQAD) and ancillary services for learning, teaching and research lies within Library, Teaching and Research Excellence Department (LTRE).
Internal Quality Assurance Department (IQAD)
The Internal Quality Assurance Department (IQAD) was established with the goal of establishing, implementing, maintaining and enhancing the University's quality management system. The quality management system adopted by Botho University seeks to enhance stakeholder satisfaction by formalizing and improving both academic and non-academic operations of the institution. IQAD is also responsible for ensuring that Botho University complies with all regulatory requirements of running a University.Library, Teaching and Research Excellence Department (LTRE)
Botho University considers effective learning and teaching as a key indicator of quality and has set up the LTRE department under the Office of Quality Management (OQM). The mandate of the department is to ensure that lecturers and students get the support that they need to ensure quality learning. LTRE has been instrumental in improving staff teaching skills through targeted trainings and best practice sharing. The department also conducts relevant trainings for students to help them avail themselves of the learning experience offered at Botho University. LTRE monitors teaching quality using the Botho Teaching Performance Index (TPI) which is a composite index of multiple measures of instructional quality. The department also works closely with the faculties and other internal departments to ensure that teaching and learning resources are adequate and functional in all Botho University campuses.
Botho University was established in 1997 and has rapidly evolved over the years to become a leading multidisciplinary high-quality tertiary education provider. Botho University was one of the first local tertiary institutions in Botswana to be accredited by the Human Resources Development Council (HRDC). All programmes offered by Botho University are approved by the Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA), the Council on Higher Education (CHE) in Lesotho and the Namibian Qualifications Authority (NQA). Botho University currently offers programmes through four faculties namely Faculty of Business & Accounting, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Faculty of Health and Education and Faculty of Hospitality and Sustainable Tourism. From January 2021, the Faculty of Computing and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences were merged to form a new Faculty of Engineering and Technology. The new Faculty will chart forward Botho University’s strategy of building strong, industry-focused Science-TechnologyEngineering-Mathematics (STEM) programmes, which are critical to the development of all our economies.
BU currently offers qualifications from certificate level to master’s degree level with plans in place for doctoral programmes. With over 3500 students and almost 350 staff members and growing, Botho University is a dynamic and exciting place to be. (refer to specific campus prospectus for details or visit www.bothouniversity.com for the latest updated information on programmes)
Botho University also offers a diverse range of programmes for in-service professionals and organizations. Under the Corporate Training Department, there are over 200 short-term professional development programmes, which can be customized to meet the client’s requirements.
BU programmes are offered via fully online Distance Learning Campus and as well as our physical campuses located in Botswana (Gab orone),Lesotho(Maseru),Namibia(Windhoek) and Eswatini (Manzini). Botho University is one of the only Southern African institutions to have established international campuses successfully operating outside Botswana producing all rounded, globally employable graduates.
OUR LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
As a modern university, Botho University is a technology driven institution. This is the strength which Botho University prides itself with from inception. The COVID 19 pandemic in 2020 had helped BU to demonstrate strength when the team migrated from classroom teaching and learning with ease, thanks to its already well established Blended & Distance Learning infrastructure. Faculty and students from various campuses were able to adapt easily when the University fully moved to “non-contact” teaching. This proved a higher interaction level in comparison to the classroom learning environment. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Botho University deployed high- end technology to ensure that learning and teaching continues in spite of the restrictions that posed a threat to many educational institutions dependent on teaching in physical campuses.
Botho University has invested in a robust state- of-the art Mobile Learning and e-Learning infrastructure called Blackboard that has been the backbone of its online distance learning programmes. All Botho University students and staff, including those in conventional learning, have been using Blackboard Learn and its Mobile application in a blended mode to enhance teaching and learning (combination of classroom and online learning).
Blackboard Learn is the Botho University Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is an online campus that supports teaching and learning, allowing students to access their course materials online. Blackboard App and Blackboard Instructor App are the mobile versions of Blackboard which students can access using their smart phones or tablets. Blackboard provides access to learning materials and activities online. It has a plethora of features and functionality that provides an unparalleled level of student engagement such as discussion forums, wikis, blogs and journals and advanced content management features that allow for textual, audio, visual and pictorial content. In addition, Blackboard provides powerful assessment features that allow plagiarism checking as well as comprehensive reporting and analytics that allow for easy identification of “at-risk” students.
Apart from Blackboard, BU also has an industry leading anti-plagiarism check tool called “Turnitin” making its assessment activities stringent and of international quality. Blackboard also allows easy and full access to e-Library facilities. With this, we confirm that all our students and Lecturers will be able to access the Both University E-Library, which leads to the following Databases; Emerald, Ebscohost, Proquest, Dawsonera, Jstor and BU Repository, for access of all the E-Books, E–Journals, theses, dissertations, case studies and many more resources.
CORPORATE TRAINING DEPARTMENT
Botho University has been involved in providing corporate training services since 1997. Our Corporate Training Department works with companies and individuals, helping them to develop crucial competencies and empowering employees at all levels to become more competitive. We develop professional development programmes designed to measurably improve productivity, performance, and profitability.
The CTD curriculum and programme materials go through a stringent quality process. At the end of every training, participant’s feedback is collected to evaluate and measure performance which help assist in our future service delivery. Learning online with Botho university allows clients to take part in discussion on virtual classrooms guided by the lecturers. This collaborative approach enables students to demonstrate an understanding of the subject, while also learning and sharing knowledge with peers from all over.
Botho University’s strategic focus is to increase student diversity by attracting international students. Apart from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Eswatini,BU campuses (including physical & distance learning campus) attracts several students across Africa. BU’s vibrant community includes students from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia to name a few and the list is continuously growing as Botho expands its wings through its Distance Learning programmes.
Botho University also has several partnerships with well-known regional and international institutions such as University of Venda-RSA, KTH Royal Institute of Technology-Sweden, Black Hills State University-USA, University of Louisville-USA, Indian School of MinesIndia, Manipal University in India and recently World Tourism Forum Lucerne-Switzerland. Students studying with Botho University have an immense opportunity to take advantage of these international partnerships through student exchange programmes. BU students have had internship programmes in India, USA, UK and Sweden amongst others, thus giving them incredible international exposure
Botho University is driven by the core values of integrity, excellence, and inclusiveness and aims to produce well-rounded, entrepreneurial, and globally employable graduates with the attitude, knowledge, skills, and competencies to create value and drive productivity increases needed to catalyse sustainable economic growth. The focus on quality has resulted in Botho University becoming the only university in Botswana with a BOS ISO 9001:2015 certification. With an impeccable reputation for quality in the market, Botho University graduates are leading the way in transforming the economy.
BLENDED AND DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMMES
The Blended and Distance Learning Campus, is driven by high levels of integrity, excellence and inclusiveness which are also the core values of the institution. These values are coupled with state of the art teaching infrastructure, qualified staff and accredited industry specific programmes offering the learner an employable, entrepreneurial and well rounded learning experience. The University through distance learning offer many cross-disciplinary courses that are unique and designed to suit the upcoming market. With the advent of internet technology, it brings the best convenient method of learning with Accounting, Computing, Business, Hospitality, Education and Information Technology programmes Blended and distance learning provides online support through emails, discussion forums on Blackboard as well as scheduled meetings between student and lecturer via Skype.
OUR LESOTHO CAMPUS
The Kingdom of Lesotho is an independent country, with a population of roughly 2 million people, which has the unusual distinction of being surrounded by another country, the Republic of South Africa. It is one of the three remaining monarchies in Africa. The Lesotho Government is a parliamentary or constitutional monarchy. Botho University has a state-of-the-art campus in Maseru Mall, with advanced plans to build a larger campus in the near future. BU Maseru students are currently studying across three faculties. Faculty of Business & Accounting, Faculty of Health and Education and Faculty of Engineering & Technology
OUR NAMIBIA CAMPUS
Botho University, Namibia opened doors to students in August 2018 after duly getting registered with NCHE offering 100% scholarships to the students of Namibia. BU Namibia is now officially recognized by the Namibian Qualifications Authority (NQA) and will from now on start admitting students who are eligible for NSFAF scholarship apart from self-sponsored applications.BU Namibia students are currently studying across three faculties. Faculty of Business & Accounting, Faculty of Health and Education and Faculty of Engineering & Technology
OUR ESWATINI CAMPUS
Botho University has established in Eswatini and in full operation as per the ESHEC authority in accordance with section 19 of The Higher Education Act of 2013, with effect from July 2019. BU’s goal in Eswatini is to offer academic programmes of high intellectual and entrepreneurial nature in fields that meet the needs of the Eswatini economy, in order to develop a nation that is already proud of its culture. Focusing on teaching and learning, research, community engagement and internalization, Botho University Eswatini will constantly address the unique needs, competencies and characteristics of the Eswatini environment, with the ultimate goal of cementing our position as the preferred higher education institution within the Eswatini Higher Education sector. BU Eswatini offers programmes from the Faculties of Computing, Health & Education and Business & Accounting.
Botho Graduate Profile
The Botho Graduate Profile is the final product we aim to produce. Not all these traits can be promoted from the class room. We also recognise that most of our students are 19 years old and above and hence can be classified as young adults with many habits already deeply ingrained. To transform them to match this profile needs a concerted effort including creating a mind set change.
It is the aim of the University is to create an institutional culture that encourages students to realise their full potential. A new Directorate for Development was established three years ago and we have increased opportunities for students to test their skills out in safe environments through our Projects Office and internship programmes. Further through the Faculty of Continuing Education many programmes are being developed which can help the graduate acquire additional skills making them more employable. A personal management programme and many careers office initiatives give students an opportunity to be self reflective. The student feedback includes a self evaluation section. A number of extracurricular activities including sports are encouraged.
All curricular and extra curricular activities such as internships are built around the profile thus giving drawing student focus to their personal responsibilities of attaining the required attributes.
Having expertise in at least one area, with a broad understanding of other disciplines
Motivated, result driven and committed to delivering work of the highest quality both independently and in a team.
Able to communicate information eloquently, effectively and appropriately to a given audience
Innovative & Entrepreneurial:
Able to identify opportunities and take measured risk to develop new and improved ideas, processes and products that create value.
Having unquestionable integrity and accountability
Positive & Confident:
Being friendly, optimistic and resilient, and having high self-esteem with an ability to take decisions
Considerate of and able to work and communicate effectively with teams of people from different social and cultural backgrounds
Having the curiosity and open-mindedness to acquire new knowledge by analysing, reflecting on and evaluating information.
Committed to bettering one’s own community and society at large
Committed to conserving resources and protecting the environment
The objective of the course is to enable the student to start a business of her/his own. The course is designed to address important issues faced when starting a company, focusing on critical processes and an in particular processes required in the new firms.
Learning outcomes – after taking the course students should be able to:
- analyze the potential of a business opportunity by applying different models
- exploit a feasible business opportunity by applying different models of entrepreneurship execution
- describe the process and phases of launching a venture, its context and common pitfalls
- analyze and discuss the process of recruitment, team building and management in new ventures
- understand different sources of financing a new venture
- understand the concept of "bootstrapping" and how to apply it to ventures in different contexts
- know how to approach key customers and gain visibility for a new venture
- argue for the importance of execution, decision making and action oriented management in entrepreneurship and innovation processes and prepare the venture for growth and international expansion
Programme details: The programme consists of 19 core (required) modules. The number at the end of the module in parenthesis indicates the credit load of the module. 1 credit is equal to 10 hours of learning (guided, in-class and independent combined); therefore a 10-credit module requires on average 100 hours of learning from the student.
Structure This is a six-months full time course. There will be two intensive weeklong sessions; spaced over a period of 6months.
Teaching methods A blend of teaching methods including lectures, guest lectures, case analysis and presentations, project work and group discussions will be used for the course. There will be individual and/or group presentation during and at the end of the course. There is also a written exam. The pedagogical model is based on a process that starts with the question why (theory), how (practice), learning (assessment and feedback), and conclusion (outcomes).
Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in an accredited college or selected through the criteria set by the government.
Students will be required to satisfactory complete all of the course assignments in order to receive a passing grade. Attendance is compulsory.
Senior secondary school leaving certificate such as BGCSE, LGCSE or equivalent with pass in English and Science subjects (Chemistry/Physics/ Maths/Computer Science/Biology). Candidates above 25 years with at least 5 years of work experience, of which at least 2 years must be at Level 4 equivalent may be considered under mature entry criteria.
Botho University established the Office of Research and Quality Management with the mandate to set up the most appropriate academic research infrastructure and enabling policy environment that makes research an integral part of the University’s vision to offer and deliver high quality educational experience to its students and faculty. The University is committed to use research as a source and generator quality education, ethical practices, innovation and technology, and a producer of top quality graduates, who will confidently take their place and play their professional roles in making the national development agenda of Botswana a reality.
Research at Botho is one of the most vital and critical pillars marking the institution as a University of international standing. As part of its Strategic Plan, the University is currently pursuing vigorously a basic research capacity building programme and promoting continuous professional development for staff through innovation and research. The major thrust of Botho’s research programme must be viewed from a national context. It is based primarily on its passion to improve the quality of life of Batswana, meet the economic needs of our growing commercial and industrial sector and the Government of Botswana’s departments, contribute to the diversification and globalization of the national economy, as enshrined in Vision 2016 and serve both urban and rural communities through its prioritization of action, institutional and collaborative research. Collaborations, locally and internationally are pivotal to the accomplishment and realization of research output of national significance. This is the position taken by Botho University Research Office and at the same time the Office has opened up its doors to new ideas that will facilitate the creation and propagation of a research culture. A series of workshops are afoot to give staff and faculty requisite competencies, technical skills and confidence they need to undertake research in all academic disciplines as a matter of course.
The commitment of Botho to research has been demonstrated by its hosting of the Botho University International Conferences in 2012 and 2013, which were attended by renowned researchers and scholars from the Botswana, USA, UK, Nigeria, Finland, Canada, Liberia, Japan, Libya and Zimbabwe. Along with its growing reputation as a research and teaching institution, the University is educating its students to take advantage of the many professional employment opportunities made possible by emerging global tertiary education and research trends and positioning themselves to successfully undertake quality research in an increasingly competitive world. Through research and quality, Botho is convinced that its academic standards in higher education will continue to attract the right professionals into its fold and produce the right academic programmes at the right time, the age of globalisation.
Internal Quality Assurance Department (IQAD)
The Internal Quality Assurance Department (IQAD) was established with the goal of establishing, implementing, maintaining and enhancing Botho University's quality management system. The quality management system adopted by Botho University seeks to enhance stakeholder satisfaction by formalizing and improving operations of the institution, both academic and non-academic. IQAD is also responsible for ensuring Botho University complies with all regulatory requirements of running a University.
Teaching Excellence Department (TED)
Botho University considers effective learning and teaching as a key indicator of quality and has set up a Teaching Excellence Department under the Office of Quality Management (OQM). The department’s main mandate is to ensure that lecturers and students get the support that they need to ensure quality learning. TED has been instrumental in improving staff teaching skills through targeted trainings and best practice sharing. The department also conducts relevant trainings for students to help them avail themselves of the learning experience offered at Botho. TED monitors teaching quality using the Botho Teaching Performance Index (TPI) which is a composite index of multiple measures of instructional quality. The department also works closely with the faculties and other internal departments to ensure that teaching and learning resources are adequate and functional in all Botho University campuses. The department works with both the Faculties and the Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) to ensure that all Botho programmes are approved and accredited.
The Office of Academic Services is dedicated to make the students understand and realize their fullest potential and to ensure the smooth transition from freshmen to an academic.
In order to provide excellent service to students the Office of Academic Services consists of the following key departments.
Information Systems (IS) Department: which comprises all the technical and system support related functions. It is responsible to implement an enterprise wide system that connects all the departments and makes sure that the data for a student is centrally managed with security and integrity. Our Information Management Systems comprises of several software applications such as Talisma CRM, CampusVue, Microsoft Great Plains, Premier HR, Premier VIP, Blackboard to name a few. Many products are already implemented and widely used by various departments. The software applications are accessed centrally through portals or client applications. Students have their own portals to perform various tasks related to their day-to-day operations.
The mandate of the department is to ensure that all systems are available to the users at all times, train the staff to use the software in their respective areas effectively and efficiently, resolve the queries raised by the users and to make sure that the systems are upgraded and scaled along with the university’s development and growth.
Assessments & Registry Department: which comprises all Assessments and Student Information management (formerly MIS) related functions. It is responsible for organizing, managing and conducting all examinations and attending assessments appeal at the institution. The department is also tasked with marking as per the Academic Honesty Policy. It is also entrusted with publishing results in a transparent and fair manner ensuring utmost confidentiality.
Academic Honesty Unit (Sub-Department under Assessments & Registry): This unit provides academic guidance and support services for students to excel through effective and ethical academic writing.
Botho University aspires to be an integral player in building an economically diversified, fast growing, and prosperous Africa built on integrity, excellence, inclusiveness and financial viability.
Botho University will produce well-rounded, entrepreneurial, and globally-employable graduates with the attitude, knowledge, skills and competencies to create value and drive productivity increases needed to catalyse sustainable economic growth. The University is committed to long-term stakeholder satisfaction through continuous quality improvement, financial viability, and culture of integrity, excellence and inclusiveness in all its activities including its leadership, teaching, research, consulting, and community services.