International students orientation day
On the 31st of August 2016, the International Development Department, under the Office of External Relations, held an International Students' Orientation Ceremony. The event was attended by 19 new international students, including exchange students from the University of Venda, South Africa. Botho University currently has an international student population of around 85.
The purpose of this orientation was the inception and integration of newly admitted first-year students and students on exchange programmes into the academic, cultural, and social climate of Botho University and Botswana.
The event served as an opportunity and platform for the newcomers to gain insights into the elements of the university, as well as understand the basic facts about the country. It sensitized them to the services available to them during their stay here in Botswana, the values and functions of the community, and the central objective of the university as an academic enterprise. It also helped them to learn about matters relating to health, legal concerns, housing, campus activities, and other aspects of life while studying in Botswana.
The dignitaries from key stakeholders who attended the event were Mr. King Tshebo of the Botswana Police (Station Commander – Old Naledi), Mr. Kabo Motswiri from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Mr. Judika Tladi, First Secretary from the South African High Commission, Ms. Annah Motswewabeng from the Ministry of Health (Head Matron – Old Naledi Clinic) and Mr. Shagwa of Momentum Insurance.
In his welcome address, Mr. Golekanye Setume, Dean of the Office of External Relations, stressed the importance Botho University attaches to the goals stipulated in its Internationalisation Policy on nurturing and evolving a global professional character in students during the period of their study at the University.
Station Commander Mr. King Tshebo and Head Matron Ms. Motswewabeng spoke to the students about issues that are of concern to them, regarding legal and health matters respectively, during their stay in Botswana. They also encouraged the student cohort to focus on the primary objective and aim of student life while cherishing the values of self-discipline and respect.