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STAFF LONG SERVICE AWARDS 2022

08 Dec, 2022

After two years of no celebrations of staff achievements due to Covid-19 pandemic, BUAN finally held the staff long services awards on the 8th December 2022 with the theme – ‘Inspired to Reach Great Milestone’. The ceremony was to celebrate [MS1] 59 employees who have been working and contributing enormously to the institution and the categories were over 5-year span from 10 to 40 years of service. In his opening remarks, the Vice Chancellor Prof Ketlhatlogile Mosepele, welcomed all stakeholders for gracing the event to recognize and celebrate staff milestones. He also extended his gratitude to the University Council leadership who were present for their gesture and leadership. He also recognized and appreciated the presence of special guests, who during the year made the University proud by rising up the Academic ladder as Professors and Senior Lectures. “You are not here by default, but because we salute you for outstanding performance, hence it is befitting for you to be celebrated as well”, Prof Mosepele said.  He went on to state that he was privileged to recognize the presence of the awardees, who’s loyalty, achievements and milestones where celebrated and applaud them for great work ethics and good conduct. “It is undoubtedly your service and good conduct that has seen you through the years in the University”, he explained.  He encouraged all to create the future for this University as well as the Nation together citing John Schaar- a futurist- “The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.” The Guest speaker was the Chairman of BUAN Council Mr Neo D Moroka. He stated that he was excited and honoured to have been invited together with his fellow Council Members tor one of BUAN’s flagship events, the Long Service Awards Ceremony. On receiving this invite – I paused to reflect on what would resonate with you on your momentous day – a milestone. I then asked myself – what does to be honoured for long service mean – both to recipients and the University – there I found the cue to my address this afternoon”, he said.  He explained that a long service award is a means of recognising and rewarding an employee’s loyalty. He further noted that the occasion was special and momentous as it is not often that the opportunity arises to publicly thank staff for the many years of dedicated selfless service that they have devoted to the institution. The ceremony is therefore a chance for the University to publicly acknowledge the awardees’ loyalty, commitment, dedication, and a strong sense of belonging over these years. “The University really appreciates your loyalty in all respects because this is an era where job hopping has become the trend, as our skilled personnel continually search for better opportunities and new experiences and as such staff seldom stay longer than even up to five years”, Mr Moroka related. The Chairman stated that a survey conducted a few years ago, which the Human Resources practitioners can reflect better on, found that an average person could expect to have more than ten (10) jobs over the course of his/her working live. This outcome when compared to BUAN’s years of service celebrated just fizzles into oblivion. Today here, we are witnessing a combined total of 1090 years of service from fifty-nine (59) recipients. Amongst the group, some members of staff will be receiving certificates marking more than 3 (three) decades of loyal service to this institution; a period spanning over three critical stages of institutional transformation towards becoming the University. This year’s theme, of “Inspired to Reach Great Milestone,” underlines the importance of these awards. The transformation journey marked a milestone that is in tandem with today’s recipients. The University values the awardees as part of a journey to search and achieve milestones to reach greater hights. BUAN is extremely fortunate to have staff members whose many years of dedication, commitment and loyalty have earned the much respect the University is enjoying today. It is now time to return that loyalty. In his conclusion, the Chairman, implored all the recipients, to place the invaluable expertise and experience into mentoring up-and-coming employees, so that they too can one day make a similar contribution to the University. “We salute you for being loyal employees of BUAN. Congratulations once again on this career milestone and we look forward to meeting you again at your next long service awards ceremony in a few years’ time. Let me take this opportunity to also wish all of you a safe, prosperous and a happy new year.” Mr Moroka said. Of the 59 awardees, fourteen were awarded for 10 years of services, nine for 15 years, sixteen for 20 years, thirteen for 25years, two for 30 years, two for 35years and one for 40 years. The representative for Awardees, Prof Cecil Patrick, who received a silver jubilee award, gave a captivating speech. He said that he was very honoured to represent the awardees of many years of service from the era of BAC, BCA and now BUAN. He stated that the majority of awardees have spent their entire productive life in BUAN and have contributed significantly in shaping/ changing the outlook of the institution. He had a chance to have a chat with some of the awardees who expressed their dissatisfaction as they felt the token of appreciation was small for the occasion. He advised that in future, staff should be involved in the planning of the event for their input to be considered. He urged management to put staff first, as a motivated and happy employees will take care of clients and result in improved productivity. He also advised that all employees should be treated fairly and engaged f to ensure alignment and compliance. To the awardees, Prof Patrick encouraged them to be dedicated and committed to motivate others. The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics Affairs and Research, Prof Shalaulani Nsoso thanked all stakeholders for gracing the ceremony and wished all a joyful and safe festive season!!  

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MOU SIGNING BETWEEN BUAN AND UNISAVE, MOZAMBIQUE

06 Dec, 2022

On the 6th December 2022, the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) and Universidale do SAVE (UNISAVE), Mozambique signed a Memorandum of Understanding. In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of BUAN, Professor Ketlhatlhogile Mosepele stated that BUAN’s Vision was to ‘To be an innovative and research-intensive university in agriculture and natural resources’ and that the institution had developed and implemented a strategic plan to achieve this vision. He said that the principle of increased collaboration with external partners is embedded within the Research Intensification thematic areas, which is one of the BUAN’s strategic areas. “Globally, achieving the sustainable development goals (SGDs) of the 2030 Agenda requires international research collaboration on sustainable development, which calls for North-South partnerships and collaborations to benefit from resources most institutions in the north have, like finance and research equipment”, Prof Mosepele explained.  He further stated that, according to the Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities, “One of the lessons of Covid-19 is that Africa cannot just depend on outside support to solve its own problems. Research must be focused on development, and one of the ways we can do that is by collaborating among ourselves”. Collaboration amongst higher education institutions in the SADC region is crucial towards forging a common regional identity, as SADC considers universities as catalysts and key players in learning environments, pillars of innovation and leaders in areas of research and technological advancement. The collaboration and subsequent signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UNISAVE is consistent with the aims and goals of the regional policy instrument and emanates from several exchange visits between BUAN and UNISAVE to establish mutual beneficial partnership. Prof Mosepele encouraged colleagues to take advantage of the MoU and ensure successful implementation of it. The key elements of the MoU include: Staff and student exchange Program/project development Co-supervision of students Joint staff training programs Joint conferences and workshops In her remarks, the Vice Chancellor of Universidale do SAVE, Professor Doutora Catarina Tivane Nhamposse, expressed her gratitude to all members of BUAN AND UNISAVE who were involved in the designing and alignment of the MoU document and preparation of the signing event. She explained that UNISAVE was a national public higher education institution in Mozambique with campuses and facilities throughout the country with main campus in Gaza. “Based on the African proverb that says ‘if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together’, we join BUAN, with confidence that together we can enable exchange of teachers, researchers and technical staff, promote the mobility of professors and researchers for teaching and research either in undergraduate and/or graduate programs’, Prof Catarina said. She went on to state that the MoU will allow the two parties to organize scientific activities, design and implement research extension projects, conduct sports and cultural exchange activities, cooperate in the implementation of advanced internship program for under or post-graduate programs in areas of common interest among other areas mutually agreed upon. In closing, she stated that their expectation is that both universities will be able to carry out the above mentioned activities and strengthen the partnership to ensure quality education from research and extension activities to come up with innovative solutions to the multiple problems which the world/continent was struggling in.

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DONATION TO BOITUMELO PRIMARY SCHOOL

29 Nov, 2022

On 29.11.22, the University donated some stationery to Boitumelo Primary School which was adopted by the University in 2016. Due to the aftermath of Covid 19, the University has not been able to offer assistance for some time and the school has been struggling with very little stationery left for day to day running of the school. Hence the Resident Assistants driven initiative under the Department of Academic and Student Affairs (DASS) came at the right time. The following items were handed over; Toners, photocopy papers, Mathematical instruments sets, Pencils, Erasers, Pens, Rulers, Masks, Toilet paper, Clothes (includes shoes). The school Headteacher, welcomed  the team from BUAN and was delighted to have visitor in the school after a while,  since the Covid 19 break. The Director of BUAN Academic and Student Affairs, gave a keynote address and encouraged pupils to always dream  big so that they see themselves as graduates at some point.  She indicated that the items donated will help pupils focus as they will not worry about the lack of stationery in the event that they would have  forgotten theirs at home or do not have any at all, their teachers will now be in a position to give them, since they now have  enough. The PTA chairperson in his closing remarks, appreciated the efforts made by the Residents Assistants and indicated that it will really help the school since they are in shortage and in need of stationary. He also encouraged the learners to always aim high and be motivated by the graduate students. He concluded by saying that, the donations will be fairly distributed to benefit all pupils of Boitumelo Primary School. The Residents’ Assistants are graduate students; Ms Chandapiwa Moses (PhD Animal Science), Mr Wananao Kaisara (PhD Crop Science), Ms Bonolo Setshogela (MSc Crop Science) and Mr Tshephaone Tladi (MSc Agricultural Engineering). The Residents Assistants greatly appreciate all those who brought forth their pledges (BUAN Staff and Students) which included; stationery, clothes and monetary pledges which made it possible for us to purchase some of the items the school indicated they needed. Thank you so much for you kind generosity!!! Le kamoso!!

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CICE

Background The Centre for In-service and Continuing Education (CICE) is the outreach arm of the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN), the former Botswana College of Agriculture (BCA). It was opened in 1995 to extends BCA’s mandate through provision of quality in-service and continuing education in agriculture and natural resources. The CICE designs, develops and delivers training in Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) accredited courses that are market driven. The mode delivery for the courses includes lectures, practical work, demonstration, discussions and excursions with a 30:70 Theory to Practical proportions. The CICE operates with a team of highly qualified, experienced and dedicated staff of Botswana University of Agricultural and Natural Resources (BUAN) academic staff.  Other expertise is sourced locally from the Ministry of Agriculture Development and Food Security, other ministries, parastatals, private organizations and international organizations, as and when necessary.                        Mission Statement The Centre for In-service and Continuing Education (CICE) is the outreach department of the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources with responsibilities to: Promote, co-ordinate and deliver short-term courses in Agriculture and related fields; Produce, develop, publish and disseminate training, extension, information and other materials Promote and conduct pilot studies, projects, workshops and other outreach activities Promote linkages between agricultural research, extension services and training Liaise with different establishment CICE committees that direct, manage and advise in respect of the administration and activities of the Centre.

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MITI

Ag Director : Dr Kerapetse Sehularo DAHP, BVMS, MVM History The Meat Industry Training Institute (MITI) was established in 1984 through an agreement between Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Rome (working in conjuction with the government of Denmark) and the government of Botswana. At that point it was called the Regional Training Centre for Meat Inspectors and Meat Technologists in Africa. In 1991, the FAO handed over running of the training institute to the govermentof Botswana and managed by the Department of Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture. The institution was re-named Meat Inspection Training Centre (MITC). In order to enhance the academic profile of the institute so as to meet the demands of  its main stakeholders, the Institute was taken-over by the Botswana College of Agriculture now Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources on the 01 st of April 2012. Since its establishment, over 1,900 participants from 45 African countries have undergone training at the Institute. MITI also recieved students from the European Union on internship programme in the area of Veterinary Public Health. MITI Strategic Intent MITI envisages becoming a Centre of Excellence for the meat industry in Africa. The Institute will focus on cutting edge research and training. The institute  will interact with its stakeholders through provision of excellent service in the areas of accommodation, abattoir services, meat and meat related consultancies and events hosting . This is in line with BUAN vision-mission of vibrant world class university that produces market ready graduates for agricultural and natural sectors. Existing Programmes Certifcate in Meat Inspection: A six (6) months intensive programme with focus on food safety management system (HACCP) in particular meat and meat products, meat inspection, animal welfare, zoonosis, animal health and food safety legislation.  Upcoming  academic  programmes: expected to be offered in academic year 2021 Diploma in Meat Inspection: (DMI) Diploma in Leather Products Manufacturing Technology: (DLPMT) Diploma in Meat Processing Technology: (DMPT) Short courses: expected to be offered in academic year 2020 Refresher course for meat Inspectors Meat Handlers Course Level 1 Meat Handlers Course Level 2 Meat Handlers Course Level 3 Meat Processing Course Level 1 Reaserch focus  Food safety especially meat and meat products Meat science Animal welfare Animal health Legislation Contact details Postal Address: Meat industry Training Institute Private Bag 45  Lobatse Physical Address: Boswelatlou Plot 13725 Telephone number: +267 5330671 FAX: +267 5332259 Email:miti@buan.ac.bw

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FARM

Objectives of the farm The first and major objective of the BUAN Farm is to provide facilities and services for teaching: Provide student-managed practical plots Provide demonstration plots for practical classes Provide structures for both crop and livestock demonstrations Provide structures and animals for practical training in animal production Be a facility for Field Practical Training The second objective of the University Farm is to provide facilities for research by: Providing research plots for staff and student projects Providing structures and experimental animals for staff and student research projects Permitting students to carry out meaningful and well-planned research projects during which a lot of practical skills can be acquired. The third objective of the Farm is in commercial production in areas where, there is comparative advantage to produce. This objective will be realized by: Engaging in production areas which are profitable under Botswana conditions. Developing the attitudes of students towards working with their hands to acquire some good working habits. Serving as a model to the farming community in Botswana and thus send the message that farming in Botswana can be a viable economic option

 

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