Saturday 3rd December marked yet another important day in the Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) calendar as more future industry leaders and professionals graduated from the institution. The graduates are expected to significantly add value to the national economic growth and global competitiveness.
Established in Botswana in 1996, BAC asserts itself as a centre for excellence in the Southern African region and beyond. It is characterised by the quality of its programs and their relevance to the global economy. The college provides a variety of the highest quality education in business and offers globally recognised and accredited professional qualifications, promoting Botswana’s standing as a knowledge – based society. Over the years it has have developed strategic relationships with collaborative Universities abroad.
While officiating at their graduation ceremony which was held over the last weekend, Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Dr Alfred Madigele said, “No matter how the future unfolds, the truth of the matter is that all of you will be resourceful and be equally responsible for the fate of our country one way or another. It’s upon your shoulders to bring change in line with the knowledge and skills you have acquired from BAC, reflecting the college’s mission to thrive in contributing to sustainable and diversified human resource development and advanced knowledge.”
He said the government is committed to identifying innovative ways of enhancing the learning experience of learners, equipping teachers with the right skills and competencies to deliver quality education as well as improving the infrastructure and teaching facilities.
Dr Madigele said in addition, government is encouraging collaboration with the private sector to assist with these initiatives. “We view the private sector an instrumental partner which can significantly contribute to the development and progression of our education sector. Hence I would like to applaud BAC for having embraced the Adopt a School programme by adopting Nxakato Junior Secondary and Sebele I Primary Schools in Sua Pan and Molepolole respectively,” he said.
As an avid believer in entrepreneurship and supporter of the key pillars for economic diversification, BAC Executive Director Ms Serty Leburu and the BAC team have embarked on initiatives to promote entrepreneurship on many levels leading to sponsorship of youth Seminars and Training to empower unemployed youth with information on how to identify opportunities to venture into enterprising employment creation.
Ms Leburu advised graduates to consider their qualification as a gateway to a global market where they can be key players in any industry. She said in addition to the government’s interventions, this year they launched the BAC “Unleashing the Entrepreneur” project with the aim to nurture and encourage entrepreneurship.
In her message Professor Kathryn Mitchelle, Vice Chancellor of the University of Derby told graduates that they have acquired significant knowledge and skills through their studies so far, but the process of learning is never finished. She said the University of Derby takes pride in what they have achieved to date and look forward to what they have the capacity to achieve in years to come.
Watch the 2016 Graduation video clip on this link. https://youtu.be/qvu7ebQ4Wk4