University of Botswana and Botswana National Productivity Centre (BNPC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalise, expand and strengthen their working relations in areas of research, training and resource exchange.
Vice Chancellor, Professor David Norris, signed on behalf of the University while BNPC Executive Director, Mr Christopher Diswai, signed for his institution during a ceremony held at UB on March 10, 2020.
The collaboration is envisioned to promote training, mutual access to resources, personnel and services as well as mutual exchange of scientific knowledge, publications and information.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Professor Norris underscored the importance of productivity and good work ethics hence the BNPC who are expects in that area would be well placed to assist the University in that respect.
Professor Norris further encouraged the BNPC to extend the two institutions’ working relationship on resource to student accommodation as well.
“Our relationship will assist UB to paly a meaningful role in contributing towards a knowledge-based economy. It will also assist UB to be relevant to society and also capacity building for export ready projects,” said Professor Norris.
Responding, Mr Diswai expressed gratitude towards formalisation of a mutual relationship between the two intuitions. He said the BNPC has supported the university for several years on areas such as research and training. Mr Diswai also observed that there was need for both institutions to work together to promote research and productivity in the country.