Limkokwing University hosted the Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology Dr Alfred Madigele last week. Madigele acknowledged Limkokwing for being at the forefront of transformation that is pushing innovation and creativity. “The students work showcased in the exhibition as well as the tour of the university ecosystem demonstrated how advanced the students are and that they think beyond employability,” he said. Madigele said this will address the mismatch between training and the needs of the economy as they strive to move Botswana from a resource-based to knowledge-based economy. “I am encouraged that Limkokwing is doing great things in innovation space which speaks to part of my portfolio under technology,” he said. He appreciated how the university has gone to great length to cater for students living with disabilities because that assures him that the future of Botswana is in good hands. He acknowledged Limkokwing for bringing a philosophy to education that is a breath of fresh air. When reading the message from Tan Sri Dato Paduka Dr Limkokwing, Onalenna Phambuka - Director of Academic Management – said as a university they have proven that the foundation of creative excellence forges special pathways for those with talent to achieve their dreams. “It is our efforts to upskill and upscale the young Batswana and through one of those the university has strategically committed itself to see that target 20 000 initiative becomes a success in availing the necessary skills to the youth who will drive the economy of Botswana,” she said. One of the university alumni Atone Zwinani – a Creative Director at Inspired 365 – said Limkokwing has opened a lot of doors for him as a young leader where he heads few organisations and has represented Botswana at international forums. Special Needs student Boago Gosenyang, who is visually impaired, said for them to be part of the special unit at Limkokwing is a blessing because that has given many students like him the opportunity to make something for themselves. “I can stand before you today and say that I am proud to be a Motswana and I am thankful to the Government for giving me hope and a chance to build a career for myself,” he said. Target 20 000 student Koketso Mangadi shared the same sentiments and pledged that they shall not take for granted the opportunity given to them.