A year after attaining university status, Ba Isago has re-branded and their new logo was unveiled in Gaborone recently.
Speaking during the ceremony, Ba Isago University Managing Director, Odirile Gabasiane said the event was also meant to celebrate their achievements ever since they started operations in 1999.
He said they started off by offering career guidance to BGCSE school leavers and ran career expos where they invited tertiary education establishment from Sadc countries.
“In 2001 the institution folded after the government decided to deploy their own personnel to increase the number of educational attaches in South Africa and stopped student placement agencies. We then decided to continue in a different way, contributing towards human resource development in this country. We strategically set up in Francistown in 2002 with only 50 students. In 2004 after Botswana Qualification Authority and Tertiary Education Council were established we were granted accreditation,” said Gabasiane.
He said a lot of effort was put in curriculum development as the institution started working towards being a university.
He said they also responded well in meeting BQA 18 standards among them being improvement of Ba Isago governing structure, development and recruiting well qualified personnel.
Gabasiane said they were challenged to improve on their infrastructure and to work on the expansion of their facilities.
“After many sleepless nights in working towards meeting the requirements we finally got the university status last year. This also did not come cheap as we have invested a lot of money in this process. Our intention is to ensure that we have more academics with PHDs by 2018 and to employ professors.”
He said the unveiling of the new brand comes at a time when the Ministry of Education and Skills Development has introduced a new development strategy.
Gabasiane said they have to make sure they play their part in making Botswana’s education relevant to industry needs.