The University of Botswana Executive Management Team (EMT) is in Kasane for a five-day retreat the aim of which is to align and apprise new EMT members on the University’s transformation roadmap.
UB is going through a transformation process aimed at strengthening its internal processes for effective and efficient service delivery with a value add.
Welcoming new team members, the Vice Chancellor, Professor David Norris, reminded them that they were coming in at critical time when the University was implementing a new strategy hence undergoing transformation to align with the strategy.
Professor Norris noted that the University was established by an Act of Parliament with specific a mandate. However, he added that although the University had successfully managed to deliver on its mandate, transformation was an inescapable factor if the University was to continue fully carrying out some of its functions as per the act.
Recently, the University welcomed four new executive management team members, Mr Dawid Katzke - Chief Operations Officer, Mrs Peo Pillar - Chief Finance Officer, Professor Georges Ekosse - Deputy Vice Chancellor Teaching and Learning as well as Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Enterprise, Professor Doreen Ramogola-Masire.
"You have my support and commitment,” declared Professor Norris adding that “the success of the University rests on us and I believe and trust that we will take this University to greater heights”.
Speaking at a welcome dinner, former Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Richard Tabulawa highlighted that although the University had challenges, there was no insurmountable problem. He said instead they should take it that challenges offered new opportunity.
We can’t keep on mourning because to every problem there is a solution. Tackle those problems. Let’s go in there and lead,” advised Professor Tabulawa.
Speaking on behalf of the incoming executive Management team members, Mr Katzke pledged their commitment to lead the University. He said the team was ready for the challenge. He emphasised that the University strategy should address the problem of working in silos. Mr Katzke said they were inspired to lead the University’s transformation agenda.
Giving vote of thanks, former Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, Mrs Motsei Rapelana, expressed delight that the incoming EMT members had made a good move to join the “University of choice”. She said the institution needed leaders who could make tough decisions for the good of the institution. She pledge their support as the outgoing team to continue playing an active role during the transitional period.
The team was apprised on the new strategy and its strategic intent by the Director of Institutional , Mr Richard Neill.