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The Minister of Education and Skills Development, Dr Unity Dow has urged the academic board and executive governing board for the Commonwealth Executive Masters in Business and Public Administration that what was of paramount importance to the institution was the need to ensure absolute efficacy of the programmes. 

She said the regular convergence of like minded academics in the fields of business and public administration spoke well of the desire for quality and quality assurance of the academic products.

Dr Dow said this when delivering the official opening remarks at  a  two-day  meeting of the 26th Commonwealth Masters of Business Administration (CEMBA) and Commonwealth Masters of Public Administration (CEMPA) executive governing board meeting at Phakalane Golf Estate recently.   

“I am sincerely thankful to the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and partner institutions for embracing BOCODOL and allowing it full membership status. As a ministry, we shall ensure that BOCODOL is well resourced to play its expected role. 

The college is on its final stages of transforming into an open university and I have no doubt that its membership to the CEMBA/CEMPA consortium places it in good stead to assume its new place as a higher education institution,” said Dr Dow.

The minister said she recognised the several initiatives by COL that Botswana as a member state of the Commonwealth community benefited from besides being a member of the CEMBA/CEMPA consortium through which the country’s citizens have opportunities to enroll into the post-graduate programmes on offer.

“Botswana through BOCODOL, also benefits from the programmes and services of the Virtual University of Small States in the Commonwealth (VUSSC). Having been one of the founding members of VUSSC from 2005, BOCODOL through its academics, has contributed to the development of the close to 20 post-secondary programmes now freely available to Commonwealth citizens from the VUSSC platform,” she said.

She noted that BOCODOL currently offered four of the programmes at certificate, diploma and degree levels and that over 500 Botswana citizens were enrolled. 

She added that the Commonwealth of Learning was committed to a two-year technical support of BOCODOL’s transformation into an open university.

“On behalf of the Botswana government, I wish to thank the Commonwealth of Learning through the President here present, for relentlessly and diligently pursuing the mandate given to the organisation by Commonwealth heads of government in 1987. 

There is abounding evidence that COL is doing all it can to ensure that Commonwealth citizens have access to knowledge regardless of their social status and geographical location. 

This is incidentally a value that Botswana, as exemplified through its pursuit of an informed and educated nation by 2016, fully subscribes to,” she said.

Dr Dow said she recognised the potency of the CEMBA/CEMPA consortium of universities and colleges which was represented by top academics in the effort to offer credible and internationally democratising qualifications. 

“BOCODOL joined the fraternity in September 2013 at the Mauritius meeting and is grateful to be working in partnership with reputable universities/colleges of Ghana, Nigeria, Mauritius, Malaysia, Jamaica, Pakistan, Bangladesh Guyana and Sri Lanka,” she said.

“I am hopeful that your two-day deliberations will strengthen the demand for post-graduate management and public administration education, contribute to the professional growth and career advancement of the programmes’ enrolees and lead to the development of quality academic and practical knowledge transferable across Commonwealth countries,” she said. 

For her part, the president and chief executive officer of the Commonwealth of Learning, Prof. Asha Kanwar said Botswana has been a key player in the development of distance education. “We can offer students in our countries access to programmes that we would have difficulty mounting as sole institutions. It then becomes critical to seek out skills and competencies that complement each other among partners to achieve greater synergy and success,” she said. Ends

 

 

Source : BOPA

Author : Thuso Kgakatsi

Location : Gaborone

Event : Official opening

Date : Oct 22 Thu,2015

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