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BIUST Will Not Duplicate UB Courses

Staff Writer
With the coming of the country's second university which is to be located in the Serowe-Palapye area, Government is keen to avoid duplication of subjects already offered at the University of Botswana (UB).

The Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) is envisaged as a purposeful place of advancing discovery and learning in science and technology "within a Botswana setting with an international perspective." This means that some of the courses already offered at UB will be moved to BUIST.

Recently, BUIST advertised in the media 55 training opportunities for various levels of training to develop a pool of potential staff in the fields of biotechnology, business management and finance, engineering, information communication technology (ICT), general education and university administration.

These courses are already offered at UB in different faculties. In June last year, South African based company Executive Partners advertised positions in some disciplines, namely deans of science, ICT, engineering, business and finance, biotechnology and general education, including the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Briefing the media last week, Education and Skills Development Minister, Jacob Nkate said discussions are ongoing to see which subjects will remain at UB and which will go to BIUST. "Stakeholders such as the

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Tertiary Education Council (TEC) are working on the matter to avoid duplication of subjects," Nkate said.

When courses currently taught at UB are shifted to BIUST, the staff teaching such subjects will be transferred to continue with their work, he added.

However, Nkate did not say whether the Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) will also be relocated to BUIST.

But the Minister said his ministry is working with the Department of Student Placement and Welfare (DPSW) to reduce sponsoring students for courses which are already saturated in the market. "Student Placement is looking into the issue to see what can be done about these," he noted.

Nkate said some courses have reached saturation in the market such as secretarial and receptionist courses. These courses are offered at various institutions in the country.

The Executive Secretary of TEC Patrick Molutsi said applications from institutions wanting to offer these courses "is overwhelming." He said these institutions refuse advice to specialise in other courses such as electronics.



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