Two leading research oriented institutions, Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) and Botswana Innovation (BIH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding defining areas of mutual interest in which they will work together. BIUST is a research intensive university while BIH on the other hand BIH is mandated to drive the innovation efforts of the country. BIUST Vice-Chancellor Professor Otlogetwe Totolo said the institutions intend to leapfrog Botswana to a knowledge-based nation with products and services that make life better for the citizens and contribute to the country’s wellbeing. “Therefore BISUT and BIH complement each other. Our synergies are our strengths and our collaboration is our reason for huge investment that our people have made in us.” Totolo said. Through the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), both BIUST and BIH have committed to collaborate in a number of areas including research commercialization; clean technologies, mining technologies; innovation and technology development; and the sourcing of project and research funding. The agreement is said to have been given a thumbs by government which is believed to encourage it actively to avoid resource usage duplication. BIH chief executive officer Alan Boswaen said through the MoU, research output and innovations from BIUST will feed into the BIH’s technology transfer and entrepreneurship development programmes. The partnership Boswaen said will also facilitate capacity building, business development modeling, technology transfer support and Intellectual Property (IP) services as well as facilitate access to financing from funding bodies. Both organisations shall in the short term expected to identify and vet all relevant research and innovations at the University through a robust criteria that establishes which are best placed to be considered for commercialization support through a wide range of interventions.