Botswana's mainstay of higher education, the University of Botswana, will be joined soon by another institution created by a public-private partnership, the Botswana International University of Science and Technology.
Botswana is one of the most stable countries in Africa, a status backed up by more than 40 years of uninterrupted multiparty democracy and a dynamic economy dominated by trade in diamonds and other minerals. In fact, Botswana – which was known as Bechuanaland until it won independence from Britain in 1966 – is the world’s largest producer of diamonds. Still, the government has been trying to diversify the economy. An important source of income is safari-style tourism; the landlocked country protects some of the largest wilderness areas in Africa, including a game preserve in the Kalahari Desert. The country has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS infection, affecting one in three adults. Yet in keeping with its progressive social policies, it also has one of the continent’s most advanced treatment programs.
The hottest time of year in Botswana is also the wettest. The rainy season occurs in summer between October and April. Dry and cool weather, with cold and often frosty nights, occurs between May and September, when the average daytime temperature is a pleasant 77°F (25°C). The months between April and October are ideal for tourists in terms of weather and game viewing. This is the time when the wildlife is most prolific and easily spotted around the natural waterholes and dams.
Monthly average rainfall: January 95 mm (3.7 inches); April 41 mm, (1.6 inches); July 13 mm (.5 inches); October 23 mm (.9 inches).
Overview of Higher Education
Higher education is provided primarily by the University of Botswana, a public institution that officially began in 1982, and the Francistown College of Technical and Vocational Education. The standard undergraduate degree in the country is a bachelor’s, which requires two cycles of study over the course of four years. The primary post-graduate degree is a master’s.
The University of Botswana also is affiliated with many of the institutions that provide technical and vocational training.
A public-private partnership is creating a new institution, the Botswana International University of Science and Technology.
(Sources: BBC, The World Factbook, The Europa World of Learning)
Number of Colleges, Universities, Technical Institutes
Number of Colleges, Universities, and Technical Institutes (total): 4
Number of Colleges, Universities, and Technical Institutes (private/non-state): 1
Number of Higher Education Students
Number of students enrolled: 11,000
Number of international students enrolled: 700
Ministry of Education
Department of Student Placement and Welfare
Private Bag 0079, Gaborone, Botswana
Web site: http://www.moe.gov.bw/
Phone: +267 3655900
Contact: Mr J. D. Nkate , The Hon. Minister for Education