Collaboration enriches Botho University programme

Botho University continues to collaborate at the African continent and international level. In most recent times, the university’s senior staff traveled to Sweden as part of a collaborative relationship with KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. 

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academics and Quality, Dr. Ivy Rose Mathew and Prof. Denis Ndze Jumbam, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences were invited to a 5-day Ergonomics workshop in Sweden. The partnership between the two parties has seen the training of BU staff in Challenge Drive Education by KTH and some BU students benefiting from the students’ exchange programme funded by the Global Development Hub (GDH) at KTH.

 On their visit, Dr. Mathews had the opportunity to give an insightful presentation about the BU foundation and its growth giving a detailed background on Botswana culture and its people. Furthermore, he also presented on exchange possibilities for Medical Technology, Work & Health students to do their thesis in Botswana with the quality education provided by BU. 

The two staff members also attended the Master’s Thesis Recruitment Fair, where they interacted with quite many students who showed interest in visiting Botswana under the SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency) funding for 8 weeks while working on their thesis. The visit concluded with meeting BU students already on an exchange programme at KTH, which was interesting as they got to receive very positive feedback on their academic and social journey there.


BU staff also recently participated in this year’s Global Development Hub conference that took place from 23 to 24 September in Nairobi, Kenya. The much-anticipated conference was aimed at discussing the Challenge Driven Education (CDE) in its multiplicity and work towards an African inter-university wide implementation.

 Representatives from Botho University were PRO Vice-Chancellor Academics & Quality, Dr. Ivy Rose Mathew; Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Prof Srinath Doss; Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Prof Denis Ndze Jumbam; Head of Department of Jewellery Management and Design, Ass. Prof Chinandu Mwendapole and Teaching Assistant Mr. Lefentse Tlotlo Sorinyane. 

 There were also participants from Strathmore University in Nairobi, the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, the University of Rwanda and Global Development Hub (GDH) from Stockholm in Sweden.

 As part of the presentations, Dr. Ivy Mathew reviewed the ongoing lessons learned by BU from the introduction of the CDE whereas Dr. Denis Jumbam made a presentation on the status of CDE at BU. He further stressed the importance and advantage of the CDE implementation, particularly for undergraduate students.

 During the session, it transpired that BU was the only institution that has introduced CDE across all academic disciplines at the undergraduate level and this remains commendable. 

 The conference was insightful given the experience which was shared by Dr. Srinath Doss when he was at the ICED (International Conference on Engineering Design) Netherlands Conference regarding the Innovation for Sustainable Design workshop, collaboration, and networking opportunities. 

In the modern educational space, collaborations are invaluable in facilitating the sharing of expertise and experiences for the benefit of either side. In this case, BU uses such gained knowledge in both its campus-based and distance learning programmes that are consistently improved to meet the demands and standards of learners.

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