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On the 27th August 2013, the Government of Botswana approved that the then Botswana College of Agriculture should transform into a university of agriculture and natural resources through Presidential Directive CAB 21 (B)/2013. The decision was in line with the College’s Strategic Plan of 2009-2016 that had a vision to transform into “an agricultural university of international repute.”

The process of transformation was inaugurated when the, then Ministry of Agriculture announced the Government’s decision at a ceremony at the Sebele campus on the 12th November 2013. On the 1st February 2016, BUAN became a University through commencement of the Act of Parliament 12 of 2015 as a Parastatal under the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security (MoA). 

The mandate of the University is to provide higher education and training in the field of agriculture, natural resources and such other allied and related subjects as can be determined by the University Council from time to time. The University intends to produce market ready graduates for the agricultural and natural resource sectors through innovative teaching and research.

In its commitment to achieve high levels of efficiency and productivity and output the University found it appropriate to develop a strategic plan for 2018 – 2024 in response to the following drivers:

a)    Competition over students due new entrants’ tertiary education landscape

b)   Transforming education landscape to knowledge based economy and outcome based learning

c)    The fourth industrial revolution of high level use of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT)

d)   Food security for sustainable economic development and environment pillars of vision 2036

e)    Research and innovation to develop relevant technologies

The Strategic Plan has been developed through consultations with staff, students and external stakeholders.

customer-centric. A BUAN Corporate Scorecard framework was also developed.