The University of Botswana is leveraging the President, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi’s reset agenda and priorities to advance its strategic intent of creating stakeholder value using its expertise and resources to create centres of excellence for national socio-economic development.
Vice Chancellor, Professor David Norris said this at the University of Botswana’s 39th Graduation Ceremony that was held virtually and broadcast live on Botswana Television and other digital media platforms.
Professor Norris observed that such centres of excellence should be able to host hubs besides managing national economic clusters as way of helping to accelerate and diversifying the country’s exportable and inclusive human capital-based economic sectors. Consequently, he said the University of Botswana was currently in the process of mobilizing and catalyzing Botswana’s knowledge base into productive resources for economic recovery, growth and employment as part of Vision 2036 goals underpinning meaningful inclusion, rapid diversification and export orientation.
“The University of Botswana is, therefore, forging and advancing partnerships to derive value that may also be exportable to the SADC region,” he added. Professor Norris observed that such action was anchored on the University’s transformational agenda that recognised engagement as pivotal to its strategic intent and mission. The Vice Chancellor further underscored the strategic vision of the University that required fundamental transformation for meaningful, sustainable and impactful institutional engagement with the public. Professor Norris said the goal was for the University of Botswana to be the think-tank and engine for Botswana’s economic development and societal transformation.
As such, he added that the University of Botswana’s practical goal was to harness and mobilize Botswana’s high human capital to lead renewed economic growth. Regarding the establishment of the University of Botswana, which was founded in 1982, Professor Norris noted that Batswana made sacrifices based on a firm conviction that the growth of accessible expertise was indispensable to national development and economic progress.