Gaborone — Former Bank of Botswana fovernor, Ms Linah Mohohlo has been inaugurated as the University of Botswana Chancellor during the 36th UB graduation ceremony held on October 13.
Ms Mohohlo was appointed Chancellor on July 19 as per Section 7 (1) of the University of Botswana Act of 2008 and her appointment makes her the fifth chancellor of the institution and first woman to hold such a position.
Delivering her inaugural speech, Ms Mohohlo indicated that her appointment was historic in that UB women would be represented in the upper echelons of the highest institution of learning in Botswana.
Ms Mohohlo pledged to work hand in hand with the university policy makers in making UB a better place for all, adding that there was need for a paradigm shift in education service delivery platforms to deliver knowledge and facilitate student-faculty members' interactions.
She said the appointments of women chancellors across the world was gaining momentum and needed to be sustained.
However, she indicated that women remained grossly underrepresented in decision- making positions in both the public and private sectors despite women's potential to deliver at highest levels of management.
Referred to as 'Mma Dikolo' loosely translated as mother to schools, Ms Mohohlo said the symbolism of the UB as a mother to all schools struck a familiar emotion of someone 'who is caring and nurtures characters' hence UB has all the attributes of a loving mother.
She said UB had to set the pace for other institutions to emulate by producing well skilled graduates ready to be key players in uplifting the country's economy.
Ms Mohohlo stated that her attention as the Chancellor had by far been drawn to the faculty of medicine, particularly, the Sir Ketumile Teaching Hospital with their state-of-the-art facilities as it had already attracted potential partnership with international universities in advancing the course of medicine in Botswana.
The partnership, she said would be a step in the right direction given the benefit that it would provide to staff and students who are already thirsty for knowledge and deserving of quality education.
She said, "UB student body is already a talented and diverse group from the region and beyond, pursuing diversified study programmes who will ultimately master the know how to transform regional economies to knowledge based economies."
She highlighted that UB should find new and innovative ways to grow its research and improve lives, hence the student curriculum must correspond with the needs of the economy at all times.
"The curriculum must be interrogated and reviewed on an ongoing basis so that it is in-line with the needs of the potential employees. What students learn at lecture rooms should be easily practical in a work place, as this will meet the challenge of graduate unemployment," she said.
Ms Mohohlo pleaded with the UB graduates to upgrade their skills and acquire further academic studies with a view of improving career progression.
She said the recent UB facelifts should be good enough to attract alumnus and re-captivate their desire to further their studies.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>