University of Botswana Careers and Counselling Centre held a Virtual Idea Expo on October 28, 2022 to offer students opportunity to share their innovative ideas. The ultimate goal of the Ideas Expo was to empower students with skills to thrive in the knowledge-based economy. The expo was held under the theme: “Charting the Path for Innovative Minds.” It attracted stakeholders in the creative and innovative sectors. Students projects ranged from Integrated Biogas Purification System, Smart Traffic Controllers, Vertical Farming and Gene Editing, Lights Automation System and Eco Friendly Cement Produced.
Speaking at the ceremony, Acting Director Careers and Counselling Centre, Mr Selebaleng Mmapatsi highlighted that the specific objectives of the expo was to align students’ skills with global trends with focus on innovation as well as fostering ideas of entrepreneurship.
Mr Mmapatsi said the theme was inspired by UB’s transformation strategy that fosters excellence as well as government’s transformation agenda of creating knowledge-based society. He also said another specific objective of the event was to develop synergy of innovative career competencies, skills and behaviour from graduates.
He also advised the students to work beyond getting good marks but to acquire skills to help survive the ever-changing career landscape. Mr Mmapatsi said the Expo showcased the ability or role played by UB in the knowledge creation agenda.
Giving welcome remarks, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration, Mr Lopang Mosupi, said 20022 was a milestone for UB in pursuit of academic excellence. He said it was a proud moment for UB as an institution of high learning that had continued to make remarkable strides towards transforming into a distinctive centre of excellence in the country, region and Africa.
Mr Mosupi also said hosting the virtual idea expo spoke to commitment to preparing students for the world beyond university life and gave students the opportunity to share innovative ideas which they were determined to realise.
Dean of the Faculty of Business, Professor Jaloni Pansiri, expressed gratitude towards European Union, Local Enterprise Authority, Botswana Development Corporation and Mabaila Foundation for inspiring students and promoting student innovations.