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These awards honor Botho University students, student clubs and alumni who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service contributions to the University and community. The inaugural awards were hosted in 2019 to recognize students and alumni who excelled in 2018.

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We have had yet another eventful 2019 where some of our students and graduates have proved to be exceptional. Some of them have worked closely with the Students & Alumni Affairs Department, some we have admired from afar!

It is through the Student Excellence Awards that we get to celebrate these fantastic human beings who continue to inspire us as the Botho Family.

THE 2020 STUDENT EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The 2020 Awards will be hosted by the Students & Alumni Affairs Dept will be hosted on the 13th of February 2020 in the evening.

The following are the categories:

  • The Outstanding Student Leader of the Year

This is awarded to a student who belongs to atleast one student club and has inspired the growth and development of others |Made themselves available to other students and even Management, brought out strengths and talents of others| Demonstrated initiative by seeking ways to challenge the present and enrich the future of their clubs or the community at large | Made a meaningful contribution to the students, University, and surrounding communities through responsible leadership | Held a leadership position in the organization | Must also have a Cum GPA not less than 3

  • Outstanding Student Innovator of the Year

This is awarded to a student who is an Established/Upcoming Entrepreneur with an Innovative & Recognized Project

  • Most effective BU-SRC Member of the Year

This is awarded to a student who belongs to the SRC | Has inspired the growth and development of others |Made themselves available to other students and even Management| Demonstrated initiative by seeking ways to challenge the present and enrich the future the student community at large in a civil manner

  • Outstanding International Student of the Year

This is awarded to an International Student who has been exceptionally active and interacting with the management and student community at large

  • Outstanding Student with Special Needs

This is awarded to a student with Special Needs who has demonstrated exceptional eagerness to learn and inspire others despite their challenges

  • Club with Outstanding Commitment to Service

This is awarded to a student club that has: Demonstrated outstanding service to Botho University and other communities|Promoted Public Good, not for Finacial gain | Demonstrated innovation, creativity, or a new kind of engagement through a service initiative |Created valuable learning experiences for students | Nominations should be for student organizations only.

  • Club with Outstanding Event of The Year

This is awarded to a student club that has: conceived, planned, and implemented an outstanding event for the BU community| An event that has fulfilled the mission of the club(s) |All types of events, including ones that are social, cultural, recreational, educational, etc. are eligible | An event open to the entire BU community and/or public.

  • Outstanding Student Club Adviser of the Year

This is awarded to an adviser of a student organization who: Has had a positive impact on a student club and the University community | Demonstrates strong advising skills, is readily available to students, and takes great strides to help the organization's leaders | Must be an official student organization adviser

  • Outstanding Alumni of the Year

This is awarded to a graduate who has inspired the growth and development of others |Made themselves available to other graduates and has demonstrated being proactive, also engaging with others and the Management

  • Most Innovative Alumni of the Year

This is awarded to a graduate who is an Established/Upcoming Entrepreneur with an Innovative & Recognized Project

Other awards include the Sports Category where Sportsman, Sportswoman, Coach, and Team of the Year are shortlisted and recognized with the assistance of the Sports Coordinator based on their performance.

We also recognize Media and Stakeholders that have been very instrumental over the past year.

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Nomination Timeline:

Feb 1, 2020 – Application opens at 8:00a.m.

February 7, 2020 – Application closes at 23:00 p.m.

SUBMIT NOMINATION

 
 

Botho University believes in providing as many opportunities for international exposure to its students. The institution currently has two international student exchange programmes. The first one is with the University of Venda in South Africa which started in 2015 . The exchange programme allows 5 students from the Faculty of Computing at Botho University to study at the University of Venda for one entire semester (6 months). In return, Botho University also receives 5 students from University of Venda to study with us for the same duration. Exchange students are provided with accommodation, transport and a living allowance. Their visas and study permit costs are also covered as part of the benefits of the exchange programme. Since this exchange programme started, 29 students have visited University of Venda in South Africa and Botho University has hosted 26 students from University of Venda. Students have immensely benefited from this exchange and gained international exposure and developed their leadership and academic skills. In 2019, this exchange programme has been extended to students from the Botho University campus in Lesotho as well. The number of students on exchange has also been increased from five to ten students every year due to the tremendous success of this exchange programme between the two institutions.

Botho University Students flying the flag high at University of Venda, South Africa

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University of Venda Organized a sendoff ceremony for Botho University students on completion of the exchange Programme

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The second exchange programme is with KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden. This exchange programme is for our students from the Faculty of Computing and Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Students have to apply for the programme and meet certain eligibility criteria in order to be shortlisted. Selected students travel to Stockholm, Sweden for an entire semester and while they are at KTH they get an opportunity to learn the concept of Challenge driven Education where students work on societal problems and also get the opportunity to study other modules as approved by the universities. All expenses of these students including flights, visas, study permits, accommodation and living allowances are taken care of as part of this exchange programme. The student exchange programme with KTH started in 2018 and up to now a total of 9 Botho University students have visited Stockholm. From Jan 2020, KTH Royal Institute of Technology will also start sending few Swedish students to spend an entire semester at Botho University, Botswana.

Botho University Student being received by a student from KTH Royal Institute of Technology on his arrival in Stockholm, Sweden

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Another set of Botho University Students leaving for KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

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Botho University believes in providing as many opportunities for international exposure to its students. The institution currently has two international student exchange programmes. The first one is with the University of Venda in South Africa which started in 2015 . The exchange programme allows 5 students from the Faculty of Computing at Botho University to study at the University of Venda for one entire semester (6 months). In return, Botho University also receives 5 students from University of Venda to study with us for the same duration. Exchange students are provided with accommodation, transport and a living allowance. Their visas and study permit costs are also covered as part of the benefits of the exchange programme. Since this exchange programme started, 29 students have visited University of Venda in South Africa and Botho University has hosted 26 students from University of Venda. Students have immensely benefited from this exchange and gained international exposure and developed their leadership and academic skills. In 2019, this exchange programme has been extended to students from the Botho University campus in Lesotho as well. The number of students on exchange has also been increased from five to ten students every year due to the tremendous success of this exchange programme between the two institutions.

Botho University Students flying the flag high at University of Venda, South Africa

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University of Venda Organized a sendoff ceremony for Botho University students on completion of the exchange Programme

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The second exchange programme is with KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden. This exchange programme is for our students from the Faculty of Computing and Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Students have to apply for the programme and meet certain eligibility criteria in order to be shortlisted. Selected students travel to Stockholm, Sweden for an entire semester and while they are at KTH they get an opportunity to learn the concept of Challenge driven Education where students work on societal problems and also get the opportunity to study other modules as approved by the universities. All expenses of these students including flights, visas, study permits, accommodation and living allowances are taken care of as part of this exchange programme. The student exchange programme with KTH started in 2018 and up to now a total of 9 Botho University students have visited Stockholm. From Jan 2020, KTH Royal Institute of Technology will also start sending few Swedish students to spend an entire semester at Botho University, Botswana.

Botho University Student being received by a student from KTH Royal Institute of Technology on his arrival in Stockholm, Sweden

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Another set of Botho University Students leaving for KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

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NB:    By using Botho University’s electronic media such as email, social media handles, website or any other virtual medium officially belonging to Botho University you agree to the collection, use and disclosure of any Personal Information we receive from you as a user of all/or one of the mediums mentioned in this document

For purposes of this Privacy Policy

“Personal data information” or “Data” means your personal identification information that you give us or we have collected.

 

1.0 Sources of Personal Data

  We may collect your personal data through the following methods:

  • Data collection forms, either in person via a tablet or on our website
  •  Via our social media pages, handles
  •  Over the telephone
  •  Via email
  • Through our online chat function
  •  Client registration at a university event/stand
  •  From client business card when handed to university staff
  •  When passed from our representatives abroad
  • When passed from our marketing agencies, call centers
  • When passed on from client current school or college
  • Via an interview, either telephonically or otherwise
  •  Information given to us directly by you
  •  A photo or film/video shoot
  •  Or any other medium that Botho University is officially attached to.

 

2.0 Type of Personal Data We May Collect

We may collect personally identifiable information about you, which may include Name, Contact information (such as address, phone number, email address, social handle, photographs, videos), Study preferences, including Programmes and level of interest, amongothers.

 

3.0 Possible Use of Information Collected

Data obtained from you is used primarily to provide a service or respond to an enquiry and will normally be used as follows;

  • To send you any requested materials, such as a prospectus.
  • To register you for an event and manage their booking.
  • The production of statistics.
  • Organising events and workshops, including registration in order to meet your needs at the event and communication about event.
  • To analyse the impact of events/workshops on the promotion of further and higher education.
  • Publication on the University’s website and associated sites
  • Use in publications, both print and digital, e.g. the prospectus
  • On the University’s social media channels, e.g. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIN, Mail Chimp etc.
  • Use in press releases
  • Use at promotional events
  • Use in publicity videos, e.g. open days
  • Use in publicity presentations

 

4.0 Whom Do we Share Client Personal Data With

Where necessary personal data may be maintained or shared with the following;

  • Stored in our Customer Relationship Management System
  • Student Information Management System and Its integrated systems
  •  Printing Houses
  •  Media Production Companies, used for filming and editing
  •  Graphic Design Agencies
  •  Web service providers
  •  Marketing consultants

 

5.0 Clients Rights

While your data is stored with us, you will have the following rights in respect of the same;

  • Request access to, or copies of, the personal data by contacting us.
  •  Requesting for data to be updated from time to time- you can object to how we process your personal data.
  •  Request that personal data be deleted, where it is no longer necessary for the purposes for which it is being processed and provided there is no other lawful basis for which we may continue to process such information.
  •  Request that processing of personal data be restricted in certain circumstances when
    required by law.
  •  Request the transfer of personal data to another party.

 

6.0 Security

The security of your Personal Information is important to us, but we acknowledge and appreciate that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable and efficient means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

 

7.0 How long will your information be kept?

We have a system of retention periods in place to ensure that your information is only stored whilst it is required for the relevant purposes or to meet legal requirements. Where your information is no longer required, we will ensure it is disposed of in a secure manner.

 

8.0 Complaints/Objections/Queries

Should you have any concerns or questions about this data privacy policy, kindly direct same to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Should you not receive a response due to high call volumes contact the University’s main telephone line +267 3919999 and speak to one of the admissions officers.

 

9.0 Changes to this notice

We reserve the right to update or change our Privacy Policy at any time and you should check this Privacy Policy periodically. Your continued use of the Service after we post any modifications to the Privacy Policy on this page will constitute your acknowledgment of the modifications and your consent to abide and be bound by the modified Privacy Policy.

 

Neo Bogatsu

(Non-Executive member)

Neo Bogatsu joined Botswana Insurance Fund Management (BIFM) in 2011 as Chief Finance Officer, she currently holds the position of Chief Executive officer. Prior to joining BIFM she was with Barclays Bank of Botswana for more than 10years where she worked in the finance and Business Analytics department, holding different positions from middle to senior management level. She started her career with Ernst and Young in 1996 where she trained and became a chartered Accountant. She is an Executive MBA graduate of the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business. Neo is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) as well as the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants. She holds a B. Com (Accounting) Degree from the University of Botswana. In addition to her role as CEO of BIFM, she serves as a director in various boards, of different industries from financial services, Property management and development as well as education.

Kate Senye

(Non-Executive member)

Kate Senye is a Non-Executive member of the Botho University Board of Directors with more than 18 years post qualification experience working as a development economist and investment analyst. As the CEO of Southern Africa Media Development Fund (Samdef), a venture capital fund that focuses on financing and developing media projects in Southern and East Africa, Kate was exposed to working closely with regional and international development agencies at strategic and operational levels. One of her major roles had been the negotiation of further funding of the Samdef by development finance institutions as well as developing a sustainable model for the institution that would allow little or no reliance on governments and donor funding. As an economist working for the Botswana Government she was actively involved in managing development and consultancy projects, mostly for international organizations such as the World Bank, USAID, WHO, SIDA, GTZ, UNICEF and UNDP. Seconded to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Affairs, she was actively involved in managing several key development projects. She is currently the Managing Director of Colorado Housing, a company involved in developing housing and other properties using non-conventional technologies.

David Magang

(Non-Executive member)

David Magang is a member of the Botho University Advisory Council who has been a successful entrepreneur and served as the Director of several companies including Phakalane Estates (Pty) Ltd. as Chairman of the Group. A lawyer by profession, he holds an LLB (Hon.) and has served as an Attorney under his own private law firm Magang and Co from 1970 to date. Through the successful creation of Phakalane he became the first citizen township developer despite various obstacles presented by authorities and financial institutions. During his public service career spanning more than two decades he served as the Assistant Minister of Finance and Development Planning, the Minister of Minerals and Water Affairs and the Minister of Works, Transport and Communications twice.

Dorcas Kgosietsile

(Non-Executive member)

Dorcas Kgosietsile is a Non-Executive member of the Botho University Board of Directors. She has extensive experience gained over 16 years with Botswana Development Corporation Ltd. (BDC) in overall business administration, investment analysis and economic issues through financial/asset management in various sectors, and over a wide range of projects and industries. She was Botswana's first resident Ambassador to India but prior to joining the Diplomatic Corp she was managing and lead consultant of Business Clinic (Pty) Ltd. Alongside consultancy she was a Director of the Botswana Insurance Holdings Ltd (bifm and BLIL) and First National Bank of Botswana Boards. On these Boards she served in functional committees such as Audit, credit/risk and investment/asset management. She was also on the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) and the National Development Bank (NDB). She directed several smaller firms in formations, restructures and investment options as well as resources management. Kgosietsile is currently Director of the six Botswana incorporated subsidiaries of FSG Limited; Non-Executive Director of Choppies Ltd group; and Non-Executive Independent Director of First National Bank Botswana (FNBB), all listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange.

Aditya Raja Ram

(Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Estates and Infrastructure)

Aditya Raja Ram is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Estates and Infrastructure for Botho University and since joining the Botho team in 2007 he has been responsible for the rapid infrastructure growth of the institution. He has worked on various projects in the Maldives, South Africa, India, the USA and Botswana and has considerable experience in both consulting and real estate management and development. Aditya has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in International Hospitality Management from Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland and has been awarded the coveted EHL Spirit award for his contribution to the institution and its members. He also holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, New York, USA. His research interests are Student Housing Management as well as Campus Development and Construction Technology.

Priya Iyer

(Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Employability and Development)

Priya Iyer is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Employability and Development for Botho University. Her responsibilities include driving the employability agenda of the graduates through the Project Offices and the internships through the Careers and Placement Office. She is also in charge of all new programmes which includes putting in place structures for the implementation of the programmes. Additionally, she is an advisor to the Faculty of Accounting and Finance. Iyer is a Chartered Accountant by profession and was the first woman to be elected as the President of the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA). She won the most votes ever polled by a Council member when she was elected and in her position as BICA President she established good networks with other professional institutions around the world such as the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the World Bank. She has a Bachelor's in Commerce from the University of Calicut, Kerala India and is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in higher education with an interest in the research areas of graduate employability and leadership.