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News Date : 12 January, 2024

BUAN Strengthens International Ties: Ambassador Chingapane Explores Collaborations for Academic Excellence"


In recent years, the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) has demonstrated significant growth, establishing new partnerships both locally and internationally. 


BUAN had the distinct honour of hosting Her Excellency, Ambassador Benetia Tumelo Chingapane, the Ambassador of Botswana to Brazil. This marked another milestone as BUAN took a progressive step in fostering a new international relationship. The Ambassador’s visit aimed to gain insight into BUAN's offerings and acknowledge the collaborative partnerships it has fostered internationally. The Ambassador also explored potential collaborative opportunities with Chile, Argentina, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) which fall under her jurisdiction.


Present at this significant meeting were the Acting Vice Chancellor, Ms. Rebecca Mgadla and Acting Deputy Vice Chancellors (DVC) for Academic Affairs and Research, Professor Othusitse Madibela. They provided insights into BUAN's establishment, progress in developing new academic programs, ongoing research initiatives, and infrastructure development.


During the meeting, Prof. Madibela highlighted the university's commitment to cultivating both local and international collaborations, emphasizing the pursuit of funding from NGOs and other institutions. He cited the successful partnership with Sao Paulo University, focusing on bioeconomy research, and expressed optimism for additional collaborations in the future.


BUAN deeply appreciates Ambassador Chingapane's visit as a crucial step toward establishing more partnerships. These collaborations are integral to the institution's overarching goal of becoming research-intensive and achieving academic excellence. The university looks forward to building on these connections to further its mission and contribute meaningfully to the global academic and research community.