- 23 July 2014
The contractor in the College of Engineering project is set to hand over the building early July, the Manager of Physical Planning and Facilities at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) Mr Mothusi Mashumba said late June.
Mr Mashumba revealed that the contractor has completed the project on schedule, allowing learning to start as planned when the academic year opens later in the year.
He stated that the infrastructure development of Phase I of the university was allotted P429 million. Of those funds, P60 million was awarded to the College of Engineering, while the College of Sciences project got P130 million.
He said that the College of Sciences will be temporarily accommodated at the Serowe Institute of Health Sciences.
The relocation of the College of Sciences to Serowe was prompted by the acute shortage of critical laboratory, classroom and office space within the founding campus facility in Palapye.
BIUST has to relocate completely from the Oodi College of Applied Arts & Technology (OCAAT) with effect from July 15th, 2014 as that college will be utilised to house the UNESCO Centre.
“This is why BIUST cannot remain at Oodi until all essential facilities within the Palapye campus are ready for use. You need to note that there are a number of world class facilities around the country that are currently not fully utilised and it is well within the interest of the nation to identify and optimise their utilisation. IHS – Serowe is one such a facility. The other reason is that the completion of the infrastructure earmarked for housing the College of Sciences has been delayed. Funding for the construction of the facility is yet to be released by government,” explained Mr Shakie Kebaswele, Director, Communications and Public Affairs.
Students will be accommodated mainly in two places, namely IHS and the old Sekgoma Memorial Hospital which is currently undergoing major refurbishing and re-modeling in preparation for the arrival of students. The university has also secured some BHC houses which will be used to house students.
“As a university, we recognise the government’s constraints in providing adequate funding for all our facility requirements and it is from this understanding that we have gone out to look for facilities that can be used while waiting for the rainy day. Some of the best universities in the world start operating from small residential facilities and have kept on their growth path to where they are today,” Mr Kebaswele added.