On Saturday 28th March, Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) concluded another successful attendance of this year’s Botswana Tertiary Education Fair (BTEF) and Conference. At BTEF 2015, BAC was presented with both the ‘Best Public University’ and ‘Best Overall Stand’ awards for their exhibition.
As a platinum sponsor of the BTEF 2015, BAC was able to facilitate inclusion of a delegation from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) in the UK. BAC’s strategic partner, SHU highlighted aspects of the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) theme of the conference. The delegation included Dr. Fariba Darabi, SHU’s Lecturer in International Business, who delivered a keynote address; Dr. Alisha Ali, Senior Lecturer in Service Sector Management, who presented on the role of technical and vocational education training in developing SMMEs. In a first for the BTEF Conference, and a demonstration of BAC’s innovation, BAC screened a presentation by Professor Isobel Doole from the UK. Professor Doole, the Deputy Dean and Professor of International Marketing from SHU, then participated in the panel live from the UK via Skype.
The Honourable Minister of Education, Dr. Unity Dow, voiced her appreciation of BTEF and underscored the importance of TVET to economic diversification, job creation, poverty alleviation and beneficiation to drive Botswana’s economy forward. The principles of TVET effectively prepare scholars with skills relevant for the modern economy. Scholars who are equipped theoretically and have practical working experience to easily adapt to the working environment are in demand.
BTEF is also an opportunity to give high school graduates an idea of what careers are possible and how BAC can help achieve them. BAC provided an interactive exhibition stand this year, which immersed visitors into virtual worlds from the School of Computing and Information Systems, to Accounting and Finance as well as Business and Leisure.
The BTEF 2015 ended on a high note for BAC as they were awarded the top prize for the Fair under the categories Best Public University and the Best Overall Stand awards. This is the second year that BAC has been recognised as the Best Public University at the annual BTEF.