Botswana International University of Science & Technology - BIUST

Host Community

Adoption of Schools

 

The University has so far adopted three Palapye schools namely Lotsane Senior Secondary School, Mabogo Junior Secondary School and Khurumela Primary School as part of its efforts to empower its host community.  BIUST is yet to finalise the adoption package for the three schools.

 

 

Human Resource Development

 

BIUST has a deliberate policy to offer qualifying members of the host community free full scholarships to study at the University in recognition of the great sacrifices their people have made in giving the institution the land it occupies. Retired professionals from the greater Palapye region can also serve as visiting lecturers at BIUST.

 

 

Facilities Development

 

BIUST has donated road construction material for one of the inner roads in Palapye to the local authority. The University has refurbished the Old Sekgoma Hospital and the old Institute of Health Sciences in Serowe to temporarily host the College of Sciences. On relocation to the Palapye BIUST Campus, the refurbished facilities would revert to government for productive use that would benefit the Serowe and greater Palapye communities. BIUST has ensured that young people from the local communities are employed in the refurbishment of the facilities in support of government’s youth empowerment policy.

 

 

Job creation policy

 

BIUST has a deliberate policy to instigate job creation for the greater Palapye population in sectors such as cleaning services, security, catering and transport. The University’s suppliers have to provide proof that they employ residents, especially youths, of greater Palapye.

 

 

Local leadership engagement

 

BIUST regularly updates tribal authorities and District Commissioners in greater Palapye on developments at the University and solicit their input on ongoing and planned initiatives. This is important for community mobilisation behind the BIUST project so as to benefit from the University’s development initiatives.

 

Collaboration with health facilities

 

The University is working closely with public health facilities in the greater Palapye region to identify areas of service backlog so as to design appropriate interventions such as the BIUST-Niamey Foundation Medical Mission.

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