Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) continues to make a significant contribution to the tertiary education sector by sponsoring the Botswana Tertiary Education Conference 2015. The just ended conference, held alongside the Tertiary Education Fair was an opportunity for education stakeholders to share ideas and solutions in an open forum.
BTEF is an important event for Botswana’s tertiary education where BAC always looks forward to engaging with the industry to help answer Botswana’s skills needs. "At the 2015 conference BAC also facilitated international insights, which were shared by a visiting delegation of strategic partners from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) in the UK,” said BAC Executive Director Michael Lesolle.
Lesolle noted that key to the collaboration of BAC and SHU is that BAC gains access to intellectual capital and an opportunity to leverage on the experience of international universities locally. “The collaboration enables the design of programmes offered at BAC to be relevant to answering Botswana’s skills needs and produce market ready graduates," he said.
BAC’s strategic partner SHU were impressed with the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) theme of the conference. Elaborating on TVET, The Director of Educational Partnerships for SHU, David Graham said “the principles of TVET effectively prepare scholars with skills relevant for the modern economy. Scholars who are equipped theoretically and have practical working experience to easily adapt to the working environment are in demand. The collaboration between BAC and SHU effectively answers this call through creativity and innovation”. Graham applaud the conference as enlightening and helpful in understanding the TVET framework better in a local context.
Other BAC strategic partners are University of Sunderland and the University of Derby, which offer globally recognised programmes. The qualifications and experience gained through work based learning equips graduates to be just as competitive in Botswana as in the global job market.