Botho University has sent five students to University of Venda (UNIVEN) in South Africa where they will be taking part in an exchange programme for six months. In the same manner five UNIVEN students are expected to arrive in Botswana on Tuesday . Botho University Pro Vice Chancellor Priya Iyer said the historic moment means a lot to them as it is a revelation of the pride that they have in the education that they provide. She said they have been trying hard to foster partnerships with other countries abroad like the United States of America and United Kingdom, but UNIVEN is the first one to allow them to work together on an exchange program. She advised the five students to know that they are going there as ambassadors, and since they are the first the outcome will be important to the students that will go after them and in further making relationships with other universities. “We will make sure that when you guys are there you are very comfortable,” she said.
The two males and three females will be well taken care of by Botho University as they want to be pacesetters. External Relations Dean for Botho University Golekanye Setume also encouraged the students to work hard and prove that they are the cream of the crop in Computing. The students will be exempted from modules that they will do in South Africa. Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) Chief Executive Officer Patrick Molutsi applauded the institution for their tremendous growth over the years. He said the four things that make a university special are quality academic programs, good research, entrepreneurship and internationalisation. He recognised them for putting the SADC education protocol that was passed in 1998 into consideration, which encourages exchange programes. One of the students Gaolatlhe Mogatwana said it is an honour to be among the first ones to be chosen. “I came to Botho when it was still a college with the slogan ‘to do more’, and now it is a university with the slogan ‘education is the difference’, and I believe we are that difference.