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Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) on the 9th December 2017 held a graduation ceremony for more than 650 graduates from its various programmes.
In his keynote address, President Lt. Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama commended the institution, hailing it as a living testimony of strength of partnerships between private and public enterprises. The President said that the partnership between Government, Debswana and the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants has benefitted the country immensely. “The collective approach to human resource development has shaped curriculum development and delivery by this institution. The result has been graduates who are market ready,” he said.
The President said that he had no doubt that the graduates released to the market are, as their predecessors, equally ready to serve the country.
According to the President, BAC has in past years produced thousands of graduates who continue to contribute to the country’s economy.
President Khama said that BAC had shown commitment in achieving what is encapsulated in the UNESCO 2030 Education strategy which is themed, “Towards Inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all.” The strategy, he said emphasises the promotion of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes required by citizens to lead productive lives, as well as making informed decisions and assuming active roles locally and globally.
In her address, BAC Executive Director, Ms Serty Leburu said that the college’s greater focus is to contribute to the government’s Economic Diversification Drive by developing effective innovation and entrepreneurship programmes “to enhance entrepreneurial competencies, skills and knowledge which are transferable and beneficial in many work contexts”.
According to Leburu, the institution is making great strides to introduce entrepreneurship modules across various degree programmes to encourage students to develop business solutions thereby establishing companies that will contribute to employment creation and growth of the private sector.
Further, Leburu asserted “Our success is premised on strategic and collaborative partnerships with our academic partners, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Derby, the University of Sunderland and the professional bodies (CIMA, ACCA, AAT, BICA, CIPS and IISA), who are the mainstay of this business school. It is through these partnerships, that we reinforce and enhance the quality of our programmes and teaching techniques to provide a world class student learning experience.”
She also congratulated the graduates, urging them to use their qualifications to make a changed they wished to see in the market. “Be entrepreneurial and create employment. It is now your responsibility to create employment and join the private sector,” she said.
Class of 2017 valedictorian, Collen Sethapo encouraged fellow graduates to be active role players in the creation of jobs and in stimulating the country’s economy. “As youth, it is time we held ourselves severally and jointly liable to the economic and social development of our country. It is time we held ourselves accountable to our own dreams, hopes and ambitions.”
Botswana Accountancy College has been in existence for 21 years and is recognized as one of Botswana’s most innovative and entrepreneurial institutions renowned for quality education.
Over the years, the school has won international accolades through its robust academic structures and has also been the most successful in producing qualified professional accounting, finance and innovative ICT professionals.