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Botho Students Win Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition 2013 (04-04-13)
Botho University students have won the Microsoft Imagine Cup that was held on 4th April, 2013 in Gaborone at the Microsoft Innovation Centre. They were rewarded with a computer and Nokia windows phones. The competition was open to all tertiary students. For entry, students were invited to submit and present IT innovations essential for development. The winning team from Botho presented a system called â Tandabalaâ that is useful for managing the elderly pension fund scheme. The objective of the system is to make it easier for elderly pensioners to access their pension money from any location. The team members comprising of Mpho Ben Motsamai, Givemore Mvumba and Kabelo Bolaane have the privilege of representing Botswana at the Microsoft Imagine Cup global final to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia in June 2013. A great example indeed of what dreams may become.
 

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Miss Botho University Pageant 2013 (29-03-13)
On the night of 29th March 2013 after a spectacular display of beauty and intellect, Pearl Koloka was crowned Miss Botho 2013. Pearl is a second year student studying a BSc Honours Degree in Computing. She succeeded against eleven strong contestants. Alongside Pearl was Oweditse Fafah Phirinyane crowned 1st princess and Mary Sekgee crowned 2nd princess. The theme of the pageant �Diversifying the Economy through youth empowerment� started off with a fashion show at Botho University Gaborone and finished with a dazzling grand finale at Cresta President Hotel. From the audience perspective, one could not have predicted the winner as the ladies were all stunning and smart. The well poised contestants were more beautiful than what Shakespeare�s poetry could describe as a good summer�s day. They were top class �A� game. When in an interview with Botho News, Pearl Koloka, now Miss Botho 2013 said it was fun taking part in the contest. She said that though this was a contest, team work among the contestants is what inspired her to win. She thanks all her friends for their support and more especially her mother for making the win possible for her. The contest was graced by performers from Botho University who showered the audience with Hip Hop, Kwaito and Motswako music. The performers included �Douzy� whom gave an exhilarating performance. Jika Jive and Wizzy also proudly from Botho University, offered the audience a great performance. The audience could be heard screaming with excitement all the time as the rib cracker Director of Ceremony Ms. Sethunya Moitoi had everything under the control of her superior voice. The organizer of the event Mr. Ricardo, Gaborone SRC, Minister of Entertainment said he was impressed by how the event turned out.
 

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BGP Star of volume 13

Keneilwe Mohutsiwa

 Q.Tell us about yourself

 A. My name is Keneilwe Mohutsiwa. I am a final year student in Botho, studying software and also a part-time poet.

 

Q. Where are you from?

A. Kanye- southern district

 

Q. Describe yourself in one word

A. Creative


Q. You have created a mobile phone application could you tell us about it.

A. Maele  le diane is the name of the application. This application contains around 127 diane (Setswana proverbs) and 98 maele (Setswana sayings). What happens is that when you open the application it gives you a link to either maele or diane then you choose the one you want to see. After clicking your choice the next page will display a list of the first 10. Then you click on your preferred diane or maele to get the meaning.

 

Q. Wow that sounds wonderful, what really inspired you to do this app?

A. I am a poet, so sometimes I come across a proverb that I do not understand. The thing you cannot use it if you don’t know what it means. I had to refer to books most often and I found it to be time consuming. So I figured it would be handy if I had my proverbs and sayings on my phone.

 

Q. Where can one find this application?

A. The application is available in all nokia stores, and pretty soon it will be available also in blackberries. Check the link also in http// store.ovi.com/contents/319924

 

Q. After coding this application, testing it and getting it to work, how did it make you feel?

A. I was so happy Patricia and the most exciting part was when I realised that most people were thrilled by what i did.

 

Q. What challenges did you face in the process?

A. the most challenging part was when I had to work on adjusting the application to fit the small screen. The way apps display on PC is not the same as on the phone, so I spent a lot of time trying to make it fit and at the end I did succeed.

 

Q. Any plans for the future?

A. I am currently working on some new applications. Stay in expectation.

 

Q. There are certainly some students out there who are going to get inspired by what you did, what is your word of advice to them?

 A. Follow your dreams and focus on what you want to do. Do not shun the opportunity to use what you have learnt here at Botho University whatever your field of interest. One other thing is, let us use the available technology to embrace our culture.

 

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Botho Newsletter Volume 14 now out!!! (10-13)

Botho Newsletter volume 14 is now out, it have more exciting news for the reader.

 

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AAT - Association of Accounting Technicians

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Qualification will start you on the path to a successful accounting and finance career. Our training will give you the required expertise to follow a rewarding career in professional accountancy.

 

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Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Botho University is proud to announce that it has been certified as a gold partner by ACCA, UK. The ACCA Gold award is only awarded to high quality tuition providers that meet a variety of challenging performance targets including the management of the ACCA programme, its delivery and student support. The award to Botho University demonstrates that ACCA recognises the institutions as meeting global best practice in the provision of ACCA tuition and support.

 

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Golden Arrow Award

Botho University is a proud recipient of the "Golden Arrow Award" for excellence from PMR Africa on a score of 4.05/5, rated highest under Higher Education/Tertiary Institutions in Botswana.

The award was handed to Botho University at a gala event hosted by the PMR.africa awards team. The event was titled Botswana Country Survey Leaders and AchieversAwards breakfast held on 4th August, 2014 at Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) of The Grand Palm Hotel. The event was well attended by various industry captains and recipients of awards in their respective category.

 

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Campus Vue ERP System is launched

Botho University has always believed in the use of technology to improve the quality of education and other services to students and stakeholders and that is why on the 23rd January 2013, the new Campus Vue ERP system was launched. In his opening remarks, Mr. Ananth Ram, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Director – Education and Quality Assurance said the ERP is a system that integrates all Botho University operations effectively across departments and campuses to ensure that data is up to date, that services are smooth and that decision-making is based on real-time information. Further on, he said the ERP comes with a lot advantages as now:

The student can log into their student portal where they can see what modules are on offer, who is teaching them and when they are running. They can register directly online. They can then study the timetable online and see all of their class material on the web and on their mobile devices. The student can apply for housing and can be allocated accommodation based on availability as seen on the system.

The student can post their CV and employers can also post job opportunities online. Students can apply directly through the system and then attend interviews on campus for jobs that they qualify for - all managed by the system. Staff appraisals, leave applications etc, now happen online so that data is shared in real time with no papers or e-mails flying around.

 

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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