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UB occupies single pole position - Chancellor discloses at dinner

UB occupies single pole position - Chancellor discloses at dinner

Dated : 14.09.2017

The Chancellor of the University of Botswana who is also the Vice President of Botswana, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi, has applauded the University for a high level private sector engagement in the training of human resource that was critical to the economic development of the country.

Mr Masisi was giving a keynote address at the 17th UB Foundation Dinner Dance held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre on September 8, 2017. He said through the UB Foundation, the University had been able to involve the private sector in generating funds for the training of human resource in the country.
He said it would be amiss to chronicle Botswana’s development without mention of UB’s contribution because as a pioneer, the University would always and uniquely occupy a single privileged pole position. “I cannot imagine and neither can you, I would imagine, any fabric of our society, any aspect of infrastructure and success that does not have the DNA of the University of Botswana,” said the Chancellor.

“As such he commended UB Foundation “for the truly sterling, humble and most appropriate work” and in particular the trustees and board members for their patriotism and contribution to the economic development of Botswana.

Addressing the theme for the night, “Aligning the Education Sector with Industry”, Mr Masisi regretted that over the years the education sector in Botswana may have inadvertently neglected some key skills, particularly in the technical and scientific fields, which were a necessary prerequisite for economic advancement and competitiveness.
Mr Masisi said it was, therefore, necessary for education training to address such shortcomings and that alignment of the training sector to the industry must have global standards as a necessity.

He said education providers as well as the private sector should develop a synergistic relationship essential for the economic survival of Botswana given the latter was best placed to determine the agenda requirements for training in addition to setting the standards of education.
Accordingly, Mr Masisi said it was necessary for the public sector as well to adjust and play a more facilitative role in skills development which he argued would best be defined increasingly by the sharp minded in tertiary institutions.

He challenged the education sector to take centre stage in determining the future economic prosperity of the country while government continuously attempted to improve the education system. Most importantly, Mr Masisi said the measure for success must be in terms of results “but not just the results of Botswana but results that are global”.

UB Foundation Chairman, Mr Satar Dada, said since its inception in 2000, the Foundation had been able to award about 300 graduate scholarships across faculties.
“As a Foundation we verily believe that our support in sponsoring graduate programmes will help address the national expectation of researching complex challenges and providing solutions that are relevant to our daily lives,” said Mr Dada.

He commended the Vice Chairman of the Foundation, Ms Linah Mohohlo, for the five-year P760 000 Northern Trust Scholarship as well as the students who continued to benefit from the scholarship for succeeding in their study programmes.

Other notable partners that he recognised were Laurelton Diamonds for sponsoring assistive devices for needy UB students, BancABC for sponsoring the Foundation’s annual fund raising golf day, Investec Asset Management Botswana who were platinum sponsors of the fundraising dinner, and Choppies as gold sponsors. Other sponsors were the Motor Centre Group, Stanbic Bank, Metropolitan, AFA, Dynamic Insurance, BOCRA and Botswana Life Insurance.

UB Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Moahi, also thanked government and the private sector for their support to the University. However, Professor Moahi said more needed to be done if the University was to pursue innovation, relevance and greater impact on the social and economic lives of Batswana.
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