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South Africa keen on sending students to UB

South Africa keen on sending students to UB

Dated : 12.10.2017


Botswana and South Africa have embarked on efforts to intensify institutional collaborations and partnerships between their institutions of higher learning.
This emerged during a courtesy call the South Africa Department of Higher Education and Training Chief Director for International Relations, Mr Ghaleeb Jappie, paid on Acting UB Vice Chancellor, Professor Kgomotso Moahi, on October 10, 2017.
 
Mr Jappie said their visit to Botswana was to explore opportunities for collaboration and to create institutional linkages and partnerships between Botswana and South African universities. He said initially the number of Batswana students studying in various South African universities was very high but since the 1980s the number has dwindled to a low of 1 600.
Currently, UB has some collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch and Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and the intention is to get more South African universities collaborating with UB and other institutions in Botswana.
 
This provides an exciting opportunity for UB as Professor Moahi observed during the meeting that enrolling international students made life in the University vibrant because it promotes diversity in terms of learning and social life.
 
“We welcome the idea to have South African students coming to study. We have ample opportunities and it is something that we are strategically looking into given our internationalisation policy,” said Professor Moahi.
 
She said the UB Campus had a capacity to accommodate 20 000 students, hence with the current student complement of 12 000 the intention was to populate albeit without compromising quality. That, she added, meant that UB welcomed and embraced the idea of having many international students and collaborating with sister universities in the southern African region and beyond.
 
Both Professor Moahi and Mr Jappie concurred that it did not make sense for Botswana and South Africa to be sending students overseas when they could be studying in the region.
“It doesn’t make sense to send students far away when we can send them three hour drive away. Therefore, we are going back with a message that the University of Botswana is open for business,” said Mr Jappie.
 
He said it was time South Africa considered the region for higher learning which was also in line with the SADC Protocol on Education that espouses regional cooperation at institutional levels. 
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