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HRDC inducts UB Management on institutional planning

HRDC inducts UB Management on institutional planning

Dated : 15.09.2017


On September 12, 2017 the University of Botswana Management attended a one-day workshop on institutional planning organised by the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) as part of its consultative process to inform Tertiary Education Institutions (TEIs) on the need to align to the Botswana National Human Resource Development Strategy and the skills need by the labour market.
 
The objectives of the workshop were, among others, to explain the roles and expectations of the HRDC. In addition, it was to share the Governance Planning framework and the proposed roll-out plan for working with UB to develop its plan.
 
Welcoming guests to the workshop, Acting UB Vice Chancellor, Professor Kgomotso Moahi, said the workshop came at a critical time as Botswana embarked on a quest to follow a strategy of human resource development.
 
Professor Moahi said it was important for UB to appreciate what institutional planning entailed and how it was going to assist in the achievement of the University’s vision of a leading centre of excellence. She said it would also help UB to align its processes with those of the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology that sought to transform Botswana into a knowledge-based economy.
 
Professor Moahi emphasised the need for a holistic institutional planning process that should encompass the ability to gather data and information that informs the development of strategic plans and the measurement of whether the execution of strategies was in line with what UB planned to do.
 
Given that institutional planning also addressed issues of quality assurance, the Acting Vice Chancellor expressed hope that after the workshop UB would be able to examine its processes especially that there was a Department of Institutional Planning with such a mandate.
 
HRDC Chief Executive Officer, Dr Raphael Dingalo, said UB and HRDC should work closely together in planning Botswana’s human resource development. Dr Dingalo added that UB and HRDC should make sure they occupied pole position in the country’s human resource development. He said such should help UB realise its vision of a leading centre of excellence internationally.
 
Dr Dingalo offered an overview of the HRDC, noting that its mandate was not to dictate or police institutions but to collaborate with them in the interest of quality in human resource development. He appealed to UB to assist with expertise, especially with regard to applied research, in coming up with programmes and policies on human resource development in Botswana.
 
Speaking on the importance of institutional planning, Dr Ellah Matshediso, said there was need for research to inform institutional planning in institutions of higher learning. Dr Matshediso challenged UB to take the lead in research that informed government policy. That, she said, was because there was need to have a seamless link between the national strategic plan and those of institutions of higher learning. She added that the time for training for the sake of it was long past, hence the skills production should be tailor-made to what the economy required.
 
“As HRDC, we don’t want to theorise things. We want scholars to do research and tell us whether this is working or how this can work better,” said Dr Matshediso.
 
UB Director of Academic Services, Professor Amos Thapisa, underscored the availability of data in underpinning planning processes, saying it was crucial for UB to measure its performance in various aspects using such data. Professor Thapisa further said UB should also provide data on the environment given that the country had now entered a different terrain in higher education training.
 
He said UB should factor-in indicators in areas such as the monitoring of enrolment, student intake, successes, staff qualifications, as well as staff output in terms of research, in addition to the impact the University was having on the region and globally. Professor Thapisa highlighted the affinity between governance and quality assurance, adding that it was therefore crucial for UB to work diligently to come up with a well-informed institutional planning process.
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