The collaboration between Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) and Sheffield Hallam University of England has been hailed as the breeding ground for an insightful and proactive academia, which would shape local education towards global needs. Addressing the BAC 2018 Academic Conference held in Gaborone during the week Minister of Tertiary Education, Research Science and Technology Ngaka Ngaka said the partnership will breed a generation of entrepreneurs, and produce graduates with requisite skills and competencies to venture into business to create employment.
Ngaka said the conference -held under the theme, ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Economic Diversification and Local Development’- which attracted over 70 delegates from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Ghana is a significant demonstration of collaboration, which would facilitate integration into the global labour market to promote higher productivity, competitiveness and skills transfer. He encouraged BAC to continue bringing students, youth, academics, industry players and communities together for a common goal. He said research findings and case studies that formed the basis of the conference would be used in finding solutions for supporting entrepreneurship as well as improving project implementation. “Collaboration with local, regional and international education providers will hopefully offer solutions to address issues of job creation and economic development. As outlined in the strategy for National Development Plan 11, government commits to increase investment in quality research projects to address the needs of the economy and industry,” he said.
Film and television industry were identified as an opportunity the youth could venture into to diversify the economy. Presenting on intersections of entrepreneurship, innovation and economic diversification, Assistant Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development Dikgang Makgalemele said there are a lot of projects which film companies formed by the youth could venture into including recording history, Botswana’s diamond journey and many others in different sectors.