A team of representatives of universities and colleges from Botswana led by Botswana Education Hub (BEH) is in the country on a crusade to woo Malawians, taking advantage of Malawi’s lack of enrolment capacity into universities.
Education is one of the industries that generate foreign earnings for some developed countries and Botswana intends to achieve at least five percent of the university students to be foreigners.
Addressing the press in Lilongwe on Monday, BEH Director of International Market and Business Development, Labane Mokgosi said BEHdeveloped new programmes looking at the needs of Africa.
He said the new programmes include Medical Science and Research; Mining and Energy; Business; Agriculture and Livestock Management; Hospitality and Tourism.
He said Botswana has in recent years invested massively in her education system by developing infrastructure and human resources creating more space for foreign students.
“Botswana has more than enough space in its universities now because we invested a lot to develop the sector when we saw that we were heading to a situation when we could have no space for our students,” he said.
The team is in the country for a week during which they are doing exhibitions in Lilongwe and Blantyre.
Director of Enrolment Management at Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), Moss Garde said African countries need to open up to allow exchange of students to circumvent effects of resource constraints in their education systems.
“No country can meet all the needs in education, but if we can allow students to study in any other countries we wouldn’t have problems of resource constraints,” Garde said.
Sixteen institutions offer services under BEH.