He made the announcement when addressing members of the Rotary Club in Gaborone on Friday. Bentil added that as the university grows it will accommodate 3,000 students and later 6,000 students and intakes will be done thrice in a year. He said that is international practice for universities worldwide.
He said that BIUST would be offering different courses from those being provided by the University of Botswana (UB). He said that the UB students who will be completing in 2011 would not relocate to BIUST as the UB Faculty of Engineering will not be relocating.
Apparently the Botswana College of Agriculture (BCA), which was also scheduled to relocate to Palapye, will no longer do so
Bentil said that the commencement of the construction phase of the project and the unveiling of the logo are expected sometime this month. He said the positions of deputy vice chancellors, deans, directors and other staff would soon be advertised both locally and internationally.
He said that Rotarians could assist in sitting on BIUST Council, advisory boards, as guest speakers or lecturers. He added that they could also assist students with scholarships and internship opportunities.
BIUST is located in Palapye, 277km north of Gaborone in a 2,500hectare plot. When BIUST was launched in December 2006, it was anticipated that the first intake of students would be in August this year.