Botho University was established in 1997 and has rapidly evolved over the years to become a leading multidisciplinary high quality tertiary education provider. Botho University currently offers programmes through six faculties namely Faculty of Business & Accounting, Faculty of Computing, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Faculty of Health and Education, Faculty of Hospitality and Sustainable Tourism and Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
All our programmes have been developed with inputs from industry thus our graduates are ready to hit the ground running.
We currently offer qualifications from certificate level to Master’s degree level with plans in place for doctoral programmes to be rolled out very soon. With over 6000 students and almost 500 staff members and growing, Botho University is a dynamic and exciting place to be.
Botho University also offers a diverse range of programmes for in-service professionals and organizations. Under the Corporate Training Department, there are over 200 short-term professional development programmes, which can be customized to meet the client’s requirements. We are currently located in four different campuses located in Gaborone, Francistown and Maun in Botswana and Maseru in Lesotho.
Botho University’s strategic focus is to increase student diversity by attracting international students. Apart from Botswana and Lesotho, we already have a number of students from other countries in the region such as South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia amongst others. Botho University also has several international partnerships with well-known international institutions such as University of Venda in South Africa, Ohio University, Black Hills State University and Wayne State University in the USA, Indian School of Mines and Manipal University in India. Students studying with Botho University have an immense opportunity to take advantage of these international partnerships through our student exchange programmes. Our students have embarked on ground breaking internship projects in India and travelled to the USA and the UK gaining international exposure, all being part of our immense focus on graduate employability.
Botho University firmly believes in providing its students with a superior learning environment. We have continually invested in excellent infrastructure and latest technology driven learning resources. Our campus in Gaborone is well known for being of international standards and many national and international events such as the prestigious African Youth Games in 2015 have been held on our premises due to the quality of the facilities. Our new state-of-the art campus in Francistown sits on the banks of Tati River and it is fitted with LED lights to conserve energy.
Academic rigor combined with excellence in all extracurricular activities, ensures that Botho University graduates possess a potent combination of skills. We are one of the top ranked sporting institutions in Botswana having won all the top accolades and championships in the country. This is not surprising considering the fact that we have extensive sporting facilities for basketball, netball, volleyball, soccer and chess.
Botho University is driven by the core values of excellence, leadership, and innovation, and aims to become a centre of excellence in higher education and a driver for positive social change. Our focus on quality has resulted in Botho University becoming the only University in Botswana with a BOS ISO 9001:2008 certification. With an impeccable reputation for quality in the market, Botho University graduates are leading the way in transforming the economy.
Studying in Botswana
With a population of just over 2 million, the people of Botswana have enjoyed independence for over 50 years. English is the official language and also the medium of instruction in higher educational institutions though Setswana is also widely spoken.
Botswana enjoys a politically stable climate and is generally safe with a low crime rate. Transparency International ranks it as the least corrupt country in Africa. The main source of income for the country is from diamonds, with Debswana, the world’s largest diamond producing company located here. The government has implemented an Economic Diversification Drive (EDD) to reduce the overreliance on diamonds. The EDD has created jobs in several industries necessitating the need for qualified graduates.
The two largest cities in Botswana are the Capital City Gaborone and the “Capital of the North” Francistown. Botho University has campuses in both cities and a third in the “Tourist Capital” of Maun.
The local currency is the Botswana Pula (BWP). 1USD = 10.42 BWP (approximately).
Tourism and Culture
Botswana is well-known for its diverse wildlife and is home to what is popularly known as the Big Five - namely the lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo. Tourist attractions include the Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve. Botswana is also home to the world famous Okavango Delta – one of the world’s largest inland deltas. Other reserves include the Central Kalahari Game Reserve located in the Kalahari desert, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and Nxai Pan National Park. There are also specialised sanctuaries like the Khama Rhino Sanctuary (for rhinoceros) and Makgadikgadi Pans Sanctuary (for flamingos). Botswana’s internationally revered safaris are simply a drive away for tourists, making them an attractive option for a quick getaway.
Music and dance form a very integral part of the local culture and traditions. Traditional musical instruments and clapping of hands are used to create music and rhythms. The local communities are also known for their skills in basket weaving and pottery (producing beautiful products for commercial use).
Studying in Lesotho
The Kingdom of Lesotho is an independent country, with a population of roughly 2 million people, which has the unusual distinction of being completely surrounded by another country, the Republic of South Africa.
It is one of the three remaining monarchies in Africa. The Lesotho Government is a parliamentary or constitutional monarchy.
Botho University’s Lesotho campus is located in Maseru, which is the country’s capital and the largest city. The name ‘Lesotho’ loosely translates into “the land of the people who speak Sesotho.” The official languages of Lesotho are Sesotho and English. Sesotho is closely related to Botswana’s most widely spoken indigenous language - Setswana.
The local currency is the Lesotho loti, plural maloti (LSL). 1 USD = 13.25 LSL (approximately). Situated between 28 and 31 degrees south and between 27 and 30 degrees east, Lesotho lies entirely outside the tropics, at a considerable height above sea level, and is thus free of bilharzia and malaria. It has a land area of approximately 30, 555 km2, making it similar in size to Belgium or a little larger than the State of Maryland in the USA.
A land of mountains, Lesotho is the only country in the world which has all its land lying at altitudes in excess of 1500m above sea-level; it is a land of heights and extremes. The highest mountain in Southern Africa, Thabana-Ntlenyana, is in Lesotho, with a height of 3, 482m, while the highest single drop fall in Southern Africa, Maletsunyane, is also found there, with a height of 192m. Finally, Lesotho also has the highest abseiling cliff in the world at 204m.
Often referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa”, it is blessed with a beautiful, often snow-capped range of mountains, the Maluti. The Kingdom’s central position in the heart of Africa’s second largest economy, South Africa, means residents are well served by air, rail and road links. Lesotho is only one hour by air or four hours by road from South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg.