Vice President Officially Opens Botho University Francistown Campus
On the 28th of January 2016 His Honour the Vice President Mr. Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, MP officially opened the new state-of-the-art campus Botho University has built in Francistown at a special ceremony attended by various dignitaries.
During his keynote address the Honourable Vice President recognised Botho University’s efforts in producing quality graduates for the Botswana economy, putting particular emphasis on the institution’s status as the first and still only university with the BOS ISO 9001: 2008 Certified Organisation status.
He also highlighted the university’s participation in the African Quality Rating Mechanism, an initiative of the African Union, where BU’s programmes have been rated as good and the institution’s selection to validate the process of establishing the Pan African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Framework. “I am confident that with this commitment to quality and standards, Botho University will rise to the challenge and do its part in contributing to dealing with the national economic and social challenges,” Masisi said of these efforts.
During his remarks the Botho University Advisory Council Chairperson Mr. Thembo Lebang explained that BU used the experience earned from the development of the Gaborone Campus, which was started in 2007 and has grown over the years, to design and improve the Francistown Campus.
Many features have stayed the same including the same grid based structure, which was designed to maximize the usable space of the building, the large covered courtyard and large corridors and multiple staircases to reduce crowding and noise. However, the Francistown campus was also a leap into a new more energy efficient and greener campus, with a fully LED-lit campus, and prospects of alternative water sources for landscaping.
The Francistown campus is also fully mobility-friendly with ramps and multiple elevators to service the building. It has 100% power back up, a first aid room and a custom designed Botho Testing Centre for all online exam requirements. A large area of the campus has been dedicated to a full sports complex with multiple sports codes being catered for including the future turfed football field, and adequate space to put sports seating around the courts.
Botho University started the search for a suitable site for the new campus in Francistown from as early as 2010 but only managed to identify and procure the appropriate site in 2013. The site was handed over to the contractor after a stringent tendering process in April 2014 and the project was completed and handed over in November 2015. Construction was completed within the planned 19 months and within budget.
“On this day, we are witnessing the long awaited growth in the Education industry, of private facilities opening their doors and expanding across the lengths and breadths of Botswana, to ease access for our children to higher education,” declared the Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development Hon. Fidelis M. Molao during his remarks.
Other dignitaries in attendance included Her Worship the Mayor of Francistown, the District Commissioner, the Vice-Chancellor of Botho University, and Members of Parliament for Francistown South, East and West constituencies, among others.