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The Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development Mr Kgotla Autlwetse has urged participants of the Association of African Universities (AAU) leadership workshop to assist government by raising the productivity of its people through education, training, innovation and entrepreneurial capabilities. 

The minister was officially opening the 8th leadership development workshop organised by the AAU in collaboration with Botho University. 

“My ministry carries the sacred portfolio of educating Batswana, and preparing them to participate in the local and global community as competitive employees and successful employers.

We are confronted with the urgent and inescapable demand to develop a knowledge based society and produce internationally employable graduates,” he said. 

Mr Autlwetse said government has placed “great emphasis” on the development of human resources solely to prepare the African continent to transform through its higher education leaders. 

He said the workshop came at a time when Africa is faced with challenges, including among others, the enhancement of leadership skills of university leaders, alignment of curricular with key economic skills, innovation and research, globalisation and, most importantly, tertiary education financing amid escalating educational costs.

He pleaded with the workshop participants not to be bystanders when the rest of the world is grappling with complexities besieging their domain. 

“We need African informed interventions in our quest to build a new paradigm shift for the 21st century, a quest that pins human resource development at the centre stage of our economic advancement, ensuring incorporation of the best leadership ideas that have been tried and tested,” he said.

He affirmed government’s support of the institutions such as Botho University and encouraged them to review and reflect on current leadership practices and ensure that the quality of higher education in Botswana is globally alluring. 

For his part, AAU Secretary General Prof. Etienne Ehouan Ehile said the mission of the AAU is to improve the quality of higher education across the African continent through its programs and various information platforms.

 He stated that indications show that demand for higher learning in African countries will continue to increase over the coming years. 

“Increasing demands for world class education and budget constraints suggest that universities should more and more take charge of their own destiny as we move within the 21st century. Therefore search for funding from various sources and good management of the few available funds become crucial,” he said. 

He said the prime purpose of the AAU leadership workshop was to enhance leadership skills of university leaders, particularly in the promotion and management of change.  ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Thuso Kgakatsi

Location : GABORONE

Event : AAU leadership workshop

Date : Aug 12 Wed,2015

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