Boitekanelo College through its long-standing strategic partnership with Eswatini’s Good Shepherd College to teach Occupational Health and Safety saw 10 students from the college who were placed on industrial attachment at Debswana Jwaneng Mine for three months graduating last weekend.
Boitekanelo College, Founding President and Provost, Dr Mampane, mentioned that academia cannot exist detached from the industry. The college offers unique and industry-driven programs with a mission to produce industry-ready graduates. It is therefore imperative that the college works in partnership with the industry to infuse experiential learning.
The college’s vision is to change the lives of the communities that it operates in and it is through the college’s graduates that the impact in the economy borne by the efforts of both the faculties and the industry is seen. Through the skills acquired in the classroom and on the job, graduates should be motivated to enter their respective places of work fully equipped and ready to take on their required tasks.
In his words of encouragement to the graduating class of 2023, Dr Mampane said “Be entrepreneurial-minded and job-market ready to impart your knowledge and skill to transform our countries into a high-income status anchored on the transformation of knowledge-based economies.” To add to the College’s words, Jwaneng Mine’s Senior Mining Engineer, Botshabelo Kesebonye stated that this is the beginning of a partnership to nurture students’ career paths and to empower them to be highly skilled in their places of work. He said “I give gratitude to the unwavering supervision and professional guidance the students received from their supervisors throughout the industrial attachment period”.