The University of Botswana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Australia’s University of Adelaide. The MoU was signed in Australia in February this year.
Director of Research and Development, Professor Graham Hall signed for the University of Botswana while Professor Pascale Quester, who is deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (Academic) signed for the University of Adelaide.
The University of Botswana is the first in Africa to sign an MoU with the University of Adelaide and is a culmination of 12 months of liaison between Professor Hall and University of Adelaide’s Dean of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Professor Wayne Hein.
Through the MoU, the two universities will cooperate on a number of areas such as student and staff exchange programmes, joint research activities and funding applications as well as collaborative degree programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The two universities further agree to provide access to facilities for PhD and Masters students as well as members of staff members besides exchange of publications, academic materials and other information.
Already researchers at the University of Adelaide are working with researchers at the Okavango Research Institute on several research projects and will be bringing Australian students to Maun mid-year for a series of short courses including epidemiology and wildlife anaesthesia. University of Botswana are also being sought to participate in these courses.
The University of Adelaide is one of the prestigious eight “Sandstone” universities in Australia. It was voted the university with the best veterinary school in Australia in 2019. In addition the university is rated highly as a research-intensive university.