BU Francistown Hosts a Memorable Open Day

On Wednesday, February 4, 2015Botho University Francistown campus held its open day for all students. The Office of Student, Research and Outreach (OSRO) found it fit to host this event to give the students an insight on services provided by the office and also give them an opportunity to discusscritical issues that affect their student life with the Centre management.

Theone day event featured a number of activities that were aimed at promoting dialogue between staff and students. Over 350 students attended the event and were able to speak with the Centre management to learn more about the new campus, as well as the programmes and services offered by the university.Students were also addressed by Heads of various departments includingManagement Information Systems(MIS), Admissions, Library and Technical departments to share information on critical issues that students tend to overlook during their stay in the university.When welcoming the students, the Admin Manager for Francistown campus Ms. Sylvia Buzwani highlighted that OSRO aims to make students' lives more interesting, engaging and vibrant. "We are aware that a happy student will culminate into happy alumni or graduates and the overall aim is to see our graduates being more employable, possessing all traits as espoused by our BGP," she said.

Ms. Sylvia Buzwaniwent on to share that the university has been having student services and career services working as separate entities falling under different Directorates. However, in 2014 the management decided to merge all student serving non-academic departments under one roof headed by the new Dean Dr. Bathsheba Mbongwe who was formerly the Director on National Internship and later on became the National Coordinator for TireloSechaba.The new Office under DrMbongwe was then given the name Office of Student, Research and Outreach (OSRO).This office will primarily serve students along with other stakeholders.

During his brief remarks, Centre manager Mr. Joseph Gwekwerere shared that the new Francistown campus is at an advanced stage and the first group of students is expected to move around July, 2015. He also shared that BU is in the process of opening a new campus in Lesotho. "We are the first home grown private university to open a campus outside Botswana," he said.The event attendees also had the opportunity to tourthe stalls displayed by different sporting and non-sporting codes to encourage student participation in sports and other campus based clubs. It was a memorable event.