In an effort to grow the University of Botswana’s (UB) research culture and contribute towards knowledge-based economy, the UB Foundation this week awarded 22 graduate scholarships to deserving young Batswana. The recipients of the scholarships will pursue Masters Degrees in different courses within the university. Such courses include engineering, science, humanities, education and business. The UB Foundation has entered into a partnership with the Northern Trust through Bank of Botswana, (BoB) which started in 2011 to offer scholarship to some excelling Batswana in the field of business and finance. This year three young Batswana were awarded the Northern Trust/Bank of Botswana scholarships to pursue economics and business. When presenting the scholarships, UB Foundation Deputy Chairperson Linah Mohohlo said through the sponsorship students are groomed for future positions at Bank of Botswana. The Northern Trust/Bank of Botswana scholarship is only offered to students pursuing business courses. Mohohlo, who is also the Governor of Bank of Botswana, thanked Northern Trust for the continued support in educating Batswana. She also said it is pleasing to see the pass rate for the students under the programme.
According to Mohohlo, the sponsorship is aimed at encouraging students from less fortunate families to work hard to realise their dreams. “This scholarship only targets students with Bachelor’s degree. The student must be the first in the family to attain this degree,” said Mohohlo. This year Northern Trust /Bank of Botswana scholarships were awarded to Baboloki Tshireletso, Lillian Busang and Gogaone Modise. The University of Botswana though the UB Foundation also offered scholarships to students for various fields. Presenting these awards UB Foundation Chairperson Satar Dada urged the students to take the opportunity and use it for the better. “We will continue to look for sponsorships for you so that you become better leaders of tomorrow. You should therefore be serious and work hard to set a good record for sponsors to keep sponsoring,” said Dada.
UB Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Martin Mokgwathi thanked the UB Foundation for helping the university achieve its priority areas of access and participation as well as intensifying research performance. Professor Mokgwathi said access is achieved through sponsorship into graduate programmes that could not have happened had the UB Foundation and its strategic partners not come forth. He said since the establishment of UB Foundation in 2000 more than 200 students have accessed graduate school while 10 students benefited from the Northern Trust/Bank of Botswana sponsorship since 2011. “For the university to grow the research culture, the number of graduate students has to increase. It is also a good feeling to receive a report of 100% pass rate by these graduates,” said Mokgwathi.