Botho university maseru Linkz 2017 a success
Botho University Maseru Campus held the inaugural Linkz Competition on Friday 15th September 2017, in Maseru Mall.
The LINKZ ICT challenge has been held in Botho University Botswana campus since 2009. The competition which brings together schools from all over the country started off as an ICT competition but this year’s event included more categories.
The Maseru event brought together High Schools and Tertiary Institutions from the Maseru District to compete in various events. LINKZ’s main aim is to foster learning excellence through healthy competition by putting the best of the Lesotho student community in the field of IT, and this year has included Health, Sciences, Accounting and Business fields from across the country to compete against each other. Over the years, LINKZ has grown to be one of the most anticipated events amongst the Youth and has seen hundreds of participants annually. The event was the first of its kind in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho organized by Botho University Maseru campus.
Enthusiastic students from high schools and tertiary institutions in Lesotho were given an opportunity to showcase their talent at the Botho University LINKZ Challenge 2017 and proved their talent in various events ranging from PC Assembly to Debate, Impromptu Speech to Poetry with all event themes revolving round ICT and in line with the University’s 20th anniversary celebrations.
The number of institutions that participated was very satisfactory for a first time event, however, the institutions that managed to take part in the competition gave a good show, trying their mettle in this ICT challenge. In the end it was the hosts Botho University that emerged the overall winners of the day,with very stiff competition from Limkokwing University whilst the capital city based Machabeng College topped the high schools category.
Amongst categories that saw boys and girls showcase their ICT acquaintance to the best of their knowledge was PC assembly (for both tertiary and High schools), database design, IT innovation for Health, paper presentation, debugging, Poetry, debate, Impromptu Speech, Product Pitching, Taxation Wizard as well as and Science quiz for high schools.
Plans are also under way for next year’s LINKZ ICT challenge to solicit participation from tertiary institutions and high schools in all districts of the country. LINKZ 2017 broadened the scope of the competition making it much more than just an IT event as it included Business, Accounting, Health and other fields. The competition was held at Maseru Mall where the Campus is located.
The event was also graced by the present of the Director (ICT) from the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology, Mr LebusaLetlotlo.
Botho university would like to thank Maseru Mall Management ,the event co-sponsor, Econet Telecom Lesotho, and its Management who provided free Wi-Fi for the day and some cash support which saw the event a long way.
The Director of ICT in the Ministry of Communications, Science & Technology, MrLebusaLetlotlo, officially opening Linkz 2017 ICT Challenge.
Winners and awards for participation
The Assistant Dean (Maseru Campus), Mr. Abhishek Ranjan, presenting the trophy to the overall winners in the Secondary Schools category – Machabeng College
Overall winners in the Tertiary institutions category (Botho University) celebrating their trophy.