Universities in Botswana


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About universities in Botswana

There are about 11,000 local and 700 international students enrolled in universities in Botswana. There is one publicly funded university in the country and abut twenty one publicly funded higher education institutes and colleges,  along with five privately funded institutions. The University of Botswana is also affiliated with many institutions that provide technical and vocational training.  

Some of the graduate and professional programs offered especially by the state universities and colleges in Botswana are- African language and literature, Business, Civil Engineering, sociology, history, mechanical engineering, computer science, and so on.

The usual course structure of an undergraduate degree in Botswana comprises two cycles over the course of four years. A master’s degree is the primary post-graduate degree in the country. Graduate programs offered by the universities of Botswana are run by the School of Graduate Studies.

The education system in Botswana, especially in the state universities generally runs on the module of Inclusive education. The programs, the system and the teachers encourage all students to feel a part of the school community, irrespective of their strength, weaknesses etc. Students with special needs are also included and welcome to join the colleges and enhance their knowledge. The system of inclusion of all obviously makes room for better training methods and techniques. Teacher preparation, therefore, becomes an important point in the education system.

The admission process and the qualification vary for each degree and course. For instance, to get admission in to the master’s program in computer science will require the candidate to  have completed the single major or combined major/minor bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or its equivalent, whereas admission into the Business masters is very competitive and the seats are limited. The qualification for this particular degree would generally be an undergraduate degree in any discipline from a recognized university institution with minimum 2.8 GPA or equivalent. Master’s as full time course usually takes two years; a part time master’s program takes 3 years.

Walking with the times and for evolving new techniques for the new breed of students, the government of Botswana is working towards launching a new breed of modular programs at universities in Botswana. These programs will aim at providing life-long learning opportunities to all students.

There are courses available in the country which are relevant to the modern times and needs, like a master’s in Environmental Science. In Botswana, the M.Phil. and Ph.D. programs are also available in various disciplines. These too can be pursued either on a full-time or a part-time basis.

Similar programs are available in a many other streams and subjects. Once the school is successfully finished, a student in Botswana can attend a technical college in Botswana or take up a vocational training course, for instance in teaching or nursing.

Students have the option of joining a state run university, or joining a private tertiary education college around Botswana. Most students are provided some scholarship by the government. The government also provides living expenses to any Botswana citizen enrolled at a university in Botswana, also if a student wishes to go abroad to pursue higher studies.

The international universities in Botswana offer various associate degrees in creative arts helping many youngsters set up their own business across the region.

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