World class ICT company Huawei joined hands with the University of Botswana (UB) to assist them in their new student orientation program. The program which ran for two days trained the Resident assistants (RA) and Peer Orientators (PO) who will be crucial in assisting new students who will be coming to study at the university for the first time this August. The event was organised by Student Welfare Department of UB and the sponsors were Huawei Technologies Botswana and Etudiant Medical aid. The peer orientators received training in a wide range of topics that will enable them to assist the new students to settle smoothly. Some of the topics that were covered are leadership, emotional intelligence, conflict management, effective communication, self-awareness, time management, and health and security services.
Huawei Public Communications Manger Cyril Xu Liang said they sponsored the event to the tune of P17 000 in merchandise that the RAs and POs will use to identify themselves to be easily noticed by the new ones. Xu Liang added that the event is just the beginning of fruitful relationship that they want to have with the University of Botswana where they will be open to other avenues where they can partner with them on different projects. Huawei donated 200 t-shirts to the school. Huawei Botswana Enterprise Business Manager (EBM) Frelimo Kebopetswe added that with the 17 years that the company has been in Botswana, their focus has always been on creating opportunities as that can be testified by their donation of 60 tablets to three schools in Ghanzi area and the company’s sponsorship to annual Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) excellence awards.
According to Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Stella Tawana, these trainings will go a long way in benefiting the participants’ whole career life and even beyond. She applauded Huawei for having chosen to sponsor them as a very big brand that is highly recognised around the world. She encouraged the students to use the university years to work hard in order to end up in companies like Huawei considering that Kebopetswe is their alumni.
The event was also graced by Natasha Siku who was invited to come and motivate the students. Siku is a young Motswana who made sure that she achieves her dream of going to study in the United States of America (USA) and at the same time play the sport that she loves most which is tennis. She gave an example that despite not having much at home and even without the help of the government; she pushed beyond the limitations to make sure that she ends up being accepted at a sports college. “Some people did not believe in me at all, even when I applied one of the good tennis players in the country told me I will be rejected,” she said. On that note she encouraged the students not to let situations or circumstances dictates who they want to become in life. Siku is the founder of Opportunities Without Borders which aims to help those that want to spread their wings and grow their careers in other countries by assisting them with contacts.