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University of Botswana
Gaborone, Botswana


University description (as per official university website)

The University of Botswana will be a leading academic centre of excellence in Africa and the world

The Mission of the University of Botswana is to improve economic and social conditions for the Nation while advancing itself as a distinctively African university with a regional and international outlook. Specifically, the University will:

Provide excellence in the delivery of learning to ensure society is provided with talented, creative and confident graduates
Advance knowledge and understanding through excellence in research and its application
Improve economic and social development by high impact engagement with business, the professions, government and civil society
The University will fulfill its Vision and Mission by:

Offering quality academic and professional programmes that ensure a commitment to and a mastery of life-long learning skills as well as encouraging a spirit of critical enquiry

Developing a student-centred, intellectually stimulating and technologically advanced teaching, learning and research environment

Producing graduates who are independent, confident, self directed, critical thinkers, professionally competent, reflective practitioners, innovative, socially responsible and thereby marketable and competitive nationally and internationally

Advancing scholarship and generating research through the discovery, integration, dissemination and application of knowledge

Serving as an intellectual and cultural centre that draws upon the nation's indigenous knowledge base and which promotes Botswana's social and cultural heritage as well as being a community resource for new ideas, partnerships, and collaborative effort

Providing leadership in responding to the nation's cultural, economic, political scientific, social, technological and industrial needs and contributing to the qualitative development of Botswana's higher education system

Extending access to higher education through the utilisation of information and communication technologies, within the framework of life-long and open learning

Recruiting and developing quality staff and students, recognising and valuing the essential contribution they make, as well as rewarding excellence in the work they perform

Promoting the health, social, and spiritual welfare of the University community through a range of policies and programmes and a diversity of positive co-curricula activities and experiences

Enhancing the teaching, learning and research environment through the provision of a proactive style of leadership and management and efficient, effective and quality driven institutional support services.

To achieve its Vision and to fulfill its Mission, the University of Botswana values the following:

Students , by creating a holistic environment which ensures that learning is their central focus and by establishing and developing a range of learning, social, cultural and recreational opportunities that will facilitate the full realisation of their potential for academic and personal growth

Academic Freedom , by upholding the spirit of free and critical thought and enquiry, through the tolerance of a diversity of beliefs and understanding, as well as the open exchange of ideas and knowledge

Academic Integrity expressed in creativity, objective analysis, experimentation, critical appraisal, independent thought, informed debate and intellectual honesty

Cultural Authenticity by ensuring that the diversity of Botswana's indigenous values and cultural heritage forms an important part of the academic and organisational life of the institution

Internationalism through participation in the global world of scholarship, by being receptive and responsive to issues within the international environment as well as the recruitment of an international staff and student body

Social responsibility by promoting an awareness of, and providing leadership in responding to, the issues and problems facing society

Equity by ensuring equal opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of personal, ethnic, religious, gender or other social characteristics

Autonomy as an institution, that is, through its self-governing structures, independent in action while being responsive to societal needs

Public Accountability by ensuring transparent decision-making and open review as well as the full participation of stakeholders in the development of the institution;

Productivity through the setting and rewarding of high standards of performance underpinned by a dedication to quality, efficiency and effectiveness throughout the institution.

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