Delegates to the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) Southern Africa Conference met in Botswana for the first time this year to reflect on institutional achievements and challenges faced by on-campus students.
The three-day conference which the University of Botswana hosted, kicked off on November 11, 2019. The main objective was to collectively craft resolutions that would strategically position southern African region universities in the global sphere. ACOHOI-I is an association comprising, among others, professionals with influence to continuously optimise on-campus student living environment for all students.
Members offer solutions in collaboration with peers, allied organisations and corporate members to provide diverse expertise, products and services to enhance the delivery of on-campus housing. This is to ensure and promote student wellbeing, welfare and success for students to thrive as part of their living experience.
The conference was held under the theme: “We are here to grow, Creating a Conducive Living and Learning Student Housing Environment.” It attracted SADC region universities and senior housing officers from the United State of America. Among the guests were ACUHO-I President, Mr Quinton Koetaan and UB Vice Chancellor, Professor David Norris. In addition, participating students and senior housing officers spiced the occasion with their African attire.
Speaking at the official opening ceremony, Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration, Mr Lopang Mosupi, advised stakeholders and management to dedicate some time and reflect on challenges by sharing knowledge and experience to influence positive engagement. Mr Mosupi also urged the participants to join hands and support students to gain necessary skills as future leaders.
ACUHO-I President, Mr Koetaan, said for the association to remain strong, it should continue expanding globally as well as to recognise the difference professionals make in students’ lives. Mr Koetaan also said the association must further ensure that it provided trust knowledge as well as resources, robust and transformative experience for students.
He further explained that for ACUHO-I to attain its vision, it must make sure it addresses issues such as education as well as provide influential leadership and advocacy.