The Office of International Education and Partnerships (OIEP) and Department of Student Welfare organised a joint luncheon on November 18, 2019 to bid farewell to 29 international students who successfully completed semester exchange programmes.
The students were from various countries across the world with 23 from the United States of America, Germany six and one from Japan. Speaking at the luncheon held at UB Student Centre, OIEP Acting Director, Professor Musa Dube, said the students had been such a blessing in numerous ways. Professor Dube said during their stay at UB, the students enriched their academic and student lives.
“Receiving international students is always rewarding. As they learn about us and the local culture, we also learn. We learn about cultural diversity and different ways of thinking, conducting intercultural dialogue and conveying knowledge. We look forward to your visit, and we really enjoy having you here, adding to our cultural diversity, and we hope that you’ve had a really good time,” said Professor Dube. She also urged the students to encourage others back home to study at UB and visit Botswana.
Student Welfare Director, Ms Babra Pansiri advised the students to continue as Botswana as well as UB’s ambassadors. Ms Pansiri presented the students with gifts and congratulated them for successfully completing the programme.
She expressed hope that the exchange experience would enrich their lives and enhance their career prospects as well as their future endeavors. Ms Pansiri further urged the students to consider pursuing postgraduate studies at UB.
The students also shared their experiences. A Sociology student from Chicago, Ms Lawren Glavin, expressed appreciation at UB for the hospitality and learning opportunities they enjoyed during their stay. A Political Science student, Ms Sophia Helming, also appreciated UB management for the support for cross-cultural understanding and quality education.
“The experience I had here at UB had been great and amazing despite the challenges I encountered. It will be memorable and precious in my life. Thank you so much,” said Ms Helming.