UB wins BHRDC Best Public Institution Award
Dated : 06.04.2017
The University of Botswana, popularly known as Mmadikolo (Mother of all schools), lived up to this epithet when it scoped the Best Public Institution Award of the Botswana Human Resource Development Skills Fair and Career Clinics in Gaborone which ran from March 20 to 25, 2017.
Indeed, its stall stood majestically in the middle of Ditshupo Hall, making it one of the Fair’s show stoppers to multitudes of potential students who flocked there to benefit from its extensive career offerings.
The Second spot of the impressive category went to Botswana International University of Science and Technology while Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources had to settle for third place.
Among the attributes that the judges looked at were branding and accessibility of the stalls as well as articulation by those who manned the stalls in their efforts to sell their products and services.
The Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Dr. Alfred Madigele, officially opened the week-long event, which ran under the theme: Guidance for Human Resource Development; Gateway towards diversifying Botswana’s Economy.
The Human Resource Development Council hosted the skills fair and career clinics in conjunction with the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology and, among the dignitaries who graced the official opening on March 20, 2017 was the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Kgomotso Moahi, who was delighted to take a tour of the UB stall with the Minister.
In line with the theme of the event, UB was no doubt one of the stakeholders with a bigger stake in the development of Botswana’s human resource besides being a gateway towards the Botswana’s economic diversification given the various courses it offers in various of disciplines.
It is through such fairs and clinics that the University goes all out to sell itself to potential students in what Dr. Madigele described as “a one stop shop that brings together stakeholders.”
“The skills fair and career clinics further seeks to inform leaners of different types of career opportunities and avenues available to them in relation to their relevance to the requirements of the economy of Botswana as well as global labour market trends,” said the Minister.
Dr. Madigele also noted that the fairs and clinics helped learners to explore and make informed decisions on intended career paths in addition to equipping them with information to positively engage with career guidance experts and parents.
The Minister said even though higher education institutions had student affairs departments which addressed student welfare and wellbeing, it was important to have a holistic approach to student development in that continuous career guidance would aptly improve student retention, success, graduation rate and employability.