BSc Honours in Business Management Graduate
Operations Manager at Woolworths Riverwalk
What inspired you to have BU as the university of Choice?
Ans: Frankly, BU was never a choice for me. I found myself at BU after I couldn't get a scholarship to go study outside the country. However, if I were to turn back time, I would not change anything as it is at BU that I found my wings and unearthed the man that I am today. Call it Destiny!
How has BU impacted your life?
Ans: A great deal! The experiences I had in and out of the lecture halls have really been impactful. The learning experience, coupled with the practical case studies we undertook made me aware of the problems and opportunities around us. The community engagements I was evolved in made me aware of the responsibilities we each have as citizens to better our country. Volunteering and being involved in student leadership made me realise that real change can only come when we intentionally take initiative to resolve whatever obstacles that may lay ahead. I am a well rounded citizen thanks to BU.
How did BU change your perspective?
Ans: Today I look at the world from a totally different perspective than I did before BU. I now have an understanding of the different dynamics of personalities and beliefs. I am a lot more open minded and accommodating to different cultures, races and philosophies. I understand that everyone is who they are either by choice or environmental influences, and that makes us all totally different. I have come to understand that despite those differences, our synergies can produce results we never fathomed possible.
What are some of the memorable experiences?
Ans: Being selected to represent Botswana in the United States on a student leadership, civic engagement and cultural exchange programme, that's the most notable. Participating in the various activities through the Student representative council (src), organising and volunteering in the various events that happened on campus also came with some of the best memories of my varsity days. Engaging the community through our outreach club where we shared our skills and empowered students from primary schools to junior schools as well as the out of school youths. Having to sit down with village elders such as Dikgosi and the VDC to discuss their challenges and actually coming up with working solutions. Those are definitely worthwhile moments that I will forever cherish when I look back at my experience at BU
Botho University has been awarded the Prometric Pace Setter certificate after passing the January 2019 DVR audit. Prometric described this accomplishment as a team effort and the result of the University’s consistency in demonstrating their security protocols under BU’s Testing Centre team’s leadership.
They further added that Botho University’s daily efforts build trust with Prometric’s candidates, their clients, and colleagues across the globe.
Botho University’s partnership with other universities around the world benefits its students and staff, by strengthening and facilitating curriculum growth. On the 16th January 2019, BU sent Tabaka Mochipela, a final year student studying BSc Network Security and Computer Forensics to KHT Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, for a period of 5 months on a student exchange programme.
The partnership with KHT Royal Institute of Technology, is aimed at exposing students to international and diverse teaching and learning experience as well as to position its graduates for global markets.
Before boarding his flight, Tabaka expressed gratitude to the university for the opportunity, as he expected it to be an experience of a lifetime. He further talked about his studies with BU and other awards he got during his studies such as the Dean’s award, which pushed him to do more and be where he is at the moment.
The Faculty of Hospitality and Sustainable Tourism welcomed the New Year with the exciting news that two of their final year students have been selected as part of the 12 finalists of the Young Talent Programme 2019, for the World Tourism Forum Lucerne in Switzerland. The two, Kesego Obona Masedi and Senatla Courageous Gabobofane, are set to leave for Switzerland to attend the 3-day forum from the 1st to the 3rd of May 2019 where they will take part in activities such making a poster presentation of their research results, partaking in Career Development workshops with Korn Ferry Recruitment Company, as well as attend various workshops.
The two underwent a rigourous application process to be selected by the academic committee of the World Tourism Forum Lucerne, which included submitting abstracts of their final year research papers before selection for an early round of judging. Thereafter Kesego and Senatla took a Learning Agility assessment and placed in the final selection along with 10 other finalists from various universities all over the world.
The year 2018, ended on a high note for Botho University. Last week of December 2018, BU hosted Huawei, South Africa in both Maseru and Gaborone campuses, conducting a boot camp by trainers from Tshwane Institute of Technology, for students who will be selected to participate in the Global ICT challenge for the grand finale in China. The 1st boot camp was held in Maseru where 8 students managed to qualify for the next round.
In Gaborone the boot camp included a participation of students from the University of Botswana and Botho University.
On the 26th Novmeber 2018, Botho University continued its much needed support to girls at Mpopo Secondary School by donating sanitary towels. This is the second round of Botho University delivering sanitary towels to chosen schools.
Education Officer from Leribe District, Mrs. Masenate Molapo commended BU for their support, adding, “Without sanitary towels, girls miss important studies as they have to stay out of classes when they are on their cycle because they have nothing to use.” During the delivery, she commended the university for ensuring that no students would miss classes for lack of sanitary towels.
Botho University is partnering with and assisting the Holokomela Banana, an initiative of Her Majesty the Queen Masenate Mohato Bereng Seeiso, who is the Patron. Botho University supports five schools in five districts with sanitary towels and each school receives the gifts every quarter.
Botho University last week Friday joined UNICEF, the Botswana government, other stakeholders and the society at large to condemn Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
People were asked to #Go Blue and Pledge to End Sexual Abuse. Botho University strongly condemns incidences of violence against young women and pledges to work towards the elimination of all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
Botho University embarked on a campaign of spreading the message against Gender Based Violence (GBV), through UNICEF's Eseng mo Ngwaneng Campaign. The campaign will run until 31st March 2019.
External Independent Members:
Chair of Council:
(To be updated soon)
- Mr. Philemon Themba Ramatsui
- Dr. Helen Kay Raseroka
- Prof Paul Evans
- Prof Naomi Seboni
- Mrs. Ore Masire
- Mr. Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa (Lesotho)
- Mrs. Kate Senye
Ex Officio Members:
- Vice-Chancellor: Mrs. Sheela Raja Ram
- Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Mrs. Priya Iyer
Representatives of the Academic Board:
- Prof Peter Mbati
- Mr. Simon Lloyd
Annual Elected Members:
- Student representative
- Staff representative
Botho University is officially the first Higher Education Institution in Botswana to be granted the “Awarding Body” Status under the new Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) Regulations, certified with the Registration number AB0001. The University was successfully awarded with the Awarding Body status on 9th August 2018, by Ms. Selebo Jobe, Acting CEO, BQA at their Headquarters.
In recognising Botho University as an Awarding body, the Acting CEO Ms. Selebo Jobe commended BU for its continued contribution towards building a quality Education and Training system in Botswana and for being at the forefront of compliance with regulations.
Vice Chancellor, Ms. Sheela Raja Rama received the award on behalf of the university, and indicated the award to be of great significance for the university’s undeterred dedication towards quality with a disciplined approach in implementing its standards dictated by BQA. During the handover ceremony, Ms. Raja Ram said, “BU’s accreditation as an Awarding body shows our maturity as a higher education provider not only in Botswana but also the SADC Region. We are very proud of our achievement as this demonstrates our strong capability for curriculum development, innovative pedagogy, assessment of learning and quality systems and process for student data management and certification of qualifications.”
Botho University programmes are designed with industry input, benchmarked with regional and international trends, and delivered in the state of art campus by highly experienced and qualified faculty members. The university provides high quality learning in Business & Accounting, Computing, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Hospitality Management, Jewellery Design and Management, Health and Education. The university’s key focus is to produce well-rounded entrepreneurial graduates with attitude, knowledge, skills and competencies to create value and drive productivity in our economy. BU also places a lot of emphasis on graduate employability by embedding entrepreneurial skills into the curriculum as well as offering mandatory assessed internship for all programmes. All programmes are backed by strong quality assured systems and students centric approaches to teaching and learning.