Botswana: Foundation Awards Graduates

| April 28, 2016

Gaborone - Nineteen students have been awarded scholarships to pursue masters degree programmes in different disciplines at the University of Botswana (UB) in the 2015/ 2016 academic year.

Speaking at the UB Foundation scholarship award ceremony on Wednesday, the deputy vice chancellor of UB, Prof. Martin Mokgwathi said the effort made by the foundation and other organisations could not go unnoticed.

He said the amount spent on tuition fees for the students was over P2million and that what the UB Foundation and Northern Trust/ Bank of Botswana contribute assist the university to achieve two of its priority areas of access, participation and intensifying research performance.

"Since the establishment of the foundation in the year 2000, more than 2 000 students have accessed graduate school while Northern Trust/ Bank of Botswana sponsorship benefited 10 students since its inception in 2011. For the university to grow the research culture not in academic institutions, the number of graduate students has to increase," he said.

He said the scholarships add to the number of graduate students who were sharpening their research skills at graduate school, and that it was a good feeling to receive a report that 100 per cent of the students graduate and leave the university with the required study programme period to pursue employment.

"All the students who went through the scholarships are either employed or self-employed. This is commendable because it shows the seriousness of these students when it comes to school work, I can only say to the students keeps it up, be torch bearers for those who will come after you, Prof. Mokgwathi said.

In his vote of thanks, the dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Prof. Yohana Mashalla thanked the leaders of the UB foundation for their support and interest in capacity building for the sustainable development, not just of the University of Botswana, but for the nation as well.

He said the two foundation leaders have worked hard to secure funding opportunities for the foundation to empower young Batswana through education.

SOURCE: Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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