Botho University International Research Conference 2015
On the 5th and 6th of November 2015 Botho University held the Botho University International Research Conference (BUIRC) 2015.
Drawing delegates from parts of Africa, Europe and the United States, the conference was held under the broad theme of 'The future of higher education in a globalised society' and featured presentations on various topics including leadership, technology use, teaching and learning, as well as the accessibility and quality of higher education, among others.
"Clearly there is an absolute need to rethink Higher Education," Botho University Vice-Chancellor Dr Sheela Raja Ram said during her welcome remarks at the conference, highlighting spiralling costs, limited accessibility, high dropout rates and rising numbers of the 'educated unemployed' as indicators that tertiary instruction requires a renaissance.
"The timing could not be better for this conference as I know that all of us at Botho keep querying the purpose of what we do – we recognise the role we play and the need to find innovative, high quality solutions at low cost and that as a young institution we need to learn from the experience of others to find different solutions," said Dr Sheela Raja Ram.
This is the fourth annual conference of this kind Botho University has successfully hosted. The United States Embassy sponsored part of the conference costs in line with its commitment to supporting the growth of higher education in Africa and the US Ambassador to Botswana Earl. R. Miller was on hand for the conference opening.