The interest in San (or Basarwa) has pervaded many research domains at the University of Botswana. Of significance, has been the Collaborative Programme for San Research and Capacity Building between the University of Botswana (UB) and the University of Tromso (UT) in Norway - commonly known as UBTromso. This programme was established in 1996 with funding from NUFU, which expired at the end of 2008. UBTromso has sought to undertake research on and with San in Botswana and southern Africa, with an ultimate objective also to promote research done by San scholars.
UBTromso grew over the last ten years to become a major player in Indigenous people's issues, and in particular, San research. The programme established national, regional and international connections with researchers of international repute in the area. These researchers are in institutions which include University of Namibia, University of the Western Cape, University of the Free State, and University of Edinburgh with its Centre for African Studies and the University of Tromso (Norway) with its Centre for Saami Studies. Research conducted thus far has contributed to the generation of theoretical knowledge on San issues and to the empirical knowledge base. Researchers affiliated to Centre for San Studies are increasingly engaged by Government and NGOs to inform initiation and implementation of policies.
With the impetus to establish Centres of Study as envisioned by the University of Botswana Policy on Centres of Study 2004 and subsequently the Policy, a unanimous decision was made by UBTromso Joint Coordinating Committee (the governing body for the program) in February, 2006 to convert UBTromso into a Centre of Study. The proposed name for the centre was The Centre for San Studies. This was followed by another proposal for conversion from a centre of study to a research centre which was approved in April 2011. The San Research Centre (SRC) is now housed under the Office of Research and Development (ORD), University of Botswana.