Ugandan Officials pay Courtesy Call on the Vice Chancellor

| December 7, 2016

If the remarks by one member of a high ranking delegation from Uganda to Botswana is anything to go by, the University of Botswana remains one of the best institutions in terms of physical infrastructure and services offered. Paying a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Professor Thabo Fako, on December 7, 2016 the4 official remarked that "This is the best," as a parting shot at the front of the Administration Block. The delegation comprised high ranking officials from the government of Uganda on an international benchmarking visit on December 5 - 10, 2016. Among them were also members of a steering committee overseeing the implementation of the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) program which is co-funded by the World Bank and the government of Uganda. They were hosted at UB by the Department of Architecture and Planning in the Faculty of Engineering & Technology, and the visit was part of the department and faculty's initiative on community outreach and industrial engagement. Apart from paying a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, the officials attended a seminar presentation in the Department of Architecture and Planning as well as visited several central government ministries and departments, local authorities, Botswana Housing Corporation, and some private sector companies. The visit sought to, among others, enhance institutional performance among municipal local governments in terms of urban service delivery, and to build the capacity of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD) to enable it to effectively perform its mandate of urban development. Botswana was one of the four countries USMID selected for international benchmarking, the aim of which was to share experiences and learn from the host countries' strategies employed in urban services delivery. At the end, it was expected that the exercise would enable the USMID team to determine what and where they needed to improve and to analyse how some organisations in Botswana achieved high performance levels. The team would also utilise the acquired knowledge and information to improve performance of local authorities in Uganda.

Source: University of Botswana

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