Staff Profiles

Dr. Olefile Bethuel Molwane

Deputy Dean
Faculty of Engineering and Technology

Deputy Dean

Location: FET 254
Phone: +267-3554204
Email Dr. Olefile Bethuel Molwane

Dip. Sec. Edu (Technical) (Botswana Polytechnic, Botswana)

Adv. Dip. (Design & Technology) (College of St Mark and St John, U.K)

B.Ed (Design and Technology) (Exeter University, U.K)

M.Ed (Technology Education) (Manchester, UK)

PhD (Design Education) (University of London)


Dr Olefile Bethuel Molwane is a Deputy Dean and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Botswana in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Department of Industrial Design and Technology. Dr Molwane has been the Head of Department of Industrial Design and Technology for six (6) years from January 2008 to December 2013 and several other years as Head of Department as well as holding several positions in Molepolole College of Education before joining the University of Botswana. He started his teaching career as a Secondary School Teacher in Technical Education with particular inclination to technical subjects. He has a vast amount of experience in the area of Teacher Education and Design Education. He has also been involved in the transformation of Technical, Vocational Education and Training in Botswana and has been influential in ETSSP Policy document in regard to TVET. He is well vest in Botswana Education system as well as other countries. Dr Molwane holds doctorate degree (PhD) from the University of London. His PhD was in Assessment in the field of Design Education and has participated in assessment endeavours as examiner and assessor locally and internationally. Dr Molwane has a wealth of experience in Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance. He is a researcher as well as experienced in consultancies. He also serves in the Institutional Review Committees of the University of Botswana with the Bio-Medical Ethics Committee as a chairperson. 

My teaching areas are but not limited to Design Education, Product Design, Curriculum and Assessment, Research Design, Ethics.

My research interest are in the areas of design cognition and student learning behaviours and patterns over and above curriculum innovations and development, assessment, quality assurance, change management and monitoring and evaluation. Emerging pedagogical and andragogical concepts and principles such as pedagogical content knowledge and use of technology in learning and teaching in Design Education. Of recent ideologies of high performing organisations and Risk Management have emerged.

Supervised several students in Masters in Education (Curriculum Instruction, and Measurement and Evaluation)

Molwane, O.B., Situmbeko, S.M., Ruele, V., and Letsholo P. (2020) Exploring the potential of Inclusion and Participation of Persons with Disabilities through the Design and Development of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technologies. Book: Disability is not Inability: A quest for inclusion and participation of people with disability in Society

Molwane, O.B. and Maripe, B. (2019) Diversifying Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Financing for a Sustainable System in Botswana. Proceedings of the Biennial 2019 National Human Resource Development Conference. 23-24 May 2019, Gaborone. Botswana. 

Ruele, V. and Molwane, O.B. (2015)   Transition in Design and Technology Education in Botswana: The need for change management competency and leadership development.   IDM (Institute of Development Management) Research Conference 2015; 29-30th October 2015, Thaba Bosiu, Lesotho.


In pursuit of academic excellence