The Office of Staff & Student Outreach (OSSO) is made up of the Human Resources Department, Placement, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department (PIED) and Student Life and Outreach Department. The OSSO provides centralized services to the staff, students, alumni and community. The broad spectrum of services in this office is implemented through the Human Resources Department and Student and Alumni Affairs Department. This office espouses the spirit of positive social change for development of individuals and the community at large.
Providing quality educational experience is the primary mandate of the OSSO. The departments offers services such as counseling, career development and guidance, internships, job placements, sports, culture and recreation, student's grievance handling and resolution etc. Botho University continues to value the never ending relationship with its graduates, hence the continued network with all our alumni through the Botho University Alumni Association (BUAA).
OSSO is an intrinsic part of the community; therefore we value the mutual partnership that exists between BU and the community. In light of the above, our staff, students and alumni are actively engaged in community support initiatives. These initiatives exist through partnerships with local, regional and international stakeholders. In a nutshell, OSSO exists to nurture raw talent into morally upright, well rounded and employable graduates!!
Student And Alumni Affairs Department
The Department is responsible for organising and managing all student extracurricular activities. Student activity clubs include a wide variety of sporting clubs such as basketball, volleyball, netball, chess, soccer and table tennis and non sporting clubs such as Drama, Ballroom Dancing, Hip Hop Dance, Christian Movement Society and the Debating Society. The department is also responsible for student counseling and grievances. The Student Representative Council (SRC) is also managed by this department.
The office also provides free career counseling related services to all students including preparing them for the job market. The department conducts workshops bringing in external experts to advise students on career opportunities in the market. The department is also tasked with internship and graduate placement. The department proactively communicates and establishes relationships with leading organisations to provide suitable candidates for internship and long term employment.
Special Needs Unit:
Special Needs Unit (SNU) is perceived as the key player in the provision, adaptation and modification of the curriculum. This is supported by the Botswana Inclusive Education Policy (IEP) of 2011 which states that no student should be discriminated according to their cultural background, religion or disability. Our goal is to build a well-rounded graduate despite the challenges they face, they should enjoy all government programmes or schemes
Botho University (BU) started admitting students with special needs in the year 2012 with one (1) student with physical disability and the number gradually increased to 35 to date. As the number increases over the years, the University found it fit and as a need to employ people who will help in the establishment of the unit and make sure that issues of special needs which encamps the disabilities and psychosocial and ill health are addressed. Students are given support in class and during examination.
- Modification of the curriculum, subject matter o topics
- Development of Individualised Plan (IEP)
- Liaison with the relevant personnel in and outside the institution
- Provision of assistive technologies
- Provision of devices i.e. hearing and low vision
- Provision of and class support
- Human support teacher aide, braillist, sign language interpreter, school counselor and specialist (still in the pipeline)
- Support to the recommendations given by professionals extra time, separate room, interval rest, provision of soft copies in assignments etc
While it is the responsibility of the students to make sure they are given appropriate support, every officer should make sure such students are helped to the best possible manner at disposal.
BU supports the following categories:
- Vision Impairment (VI) – Blind and Low Vision
- Hearing Impairment (HI) – Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Speech Impairment – stammering
- Physical Disabilities – Paraplegic, Hemiplegic, Quadriplegic
- Learning Difficulties – problematic in spelling and reading
- Intellectual Disabilities – not able to process information uses task analyzed information
- Gifted - Asks many questions and is very curious, has lots of vocabulary and has a good memory
- Dyslexic – affects writing, can lead to spelling problems, reading and mathematics
- Chronic Diseases – Epilepsy, Diabetic
Botho University Special Unit also participates in the Day of Disability every year.
Botho University Alumni Association (BUCAA):
The Botho University Alumni Association is a proud and vibrant community of former students. It was formed to provide alumni an opportunity to remain in constant contact and network with their former classmates and batch mates long after they have graduated. All Botho University students are automatically members of the association. The forum is a melting pot of ideas, job openings and a place for young aspiring entrepreneurs to market themselves. The Botho University Alumni association can be found on Facebook.
Botho University aims "To become a driver for positive social change, for the betterment of the society and the community."The institution has a strong tradition of community service and students and staff are encouraged to participate in all community based activities such as:
- Clean Up Campaigns
- Community Service
- Supporting Disadvantaged Children
- Sponsorship of Sports Tournaments
- Bringing IT Education to Rural Communities
- Hole in the Wall Project
- Training to Disadvantaged Students
- Tree planting
- Family Fun Days
- Anti Piracy Club
- ICT Linkz – Inter school IT Technical Competition
In all its interactions with the community, the institution realises that there is still a lot to be done and the institution can make a huge difference to the community. The ultimate aim is that all staff and students must feel a sense of pride with every project they are involved. The institution will continue to work towards achieving the national goals as stated in the Vision 2016.
Some of its major CSR Projects include
1.Letsholathebe Memorial Hospital "Children's Reading Corner"
2. Food Donation
Services under HR:
- Staff Welfare
- Training & Development
- Recruitment, Selection & Placement
Services under PIED:
- Internships & Career Development
- Entrepreneurship Lab
- Alumni & Graduate Placement Division
- Personal Development & Leadership Training Division
Services under SLOD:
- Community Engagement
- Health & Wellness including HIV/AIDS support
- Special Needs Support
- Student Governance
- Sports, Culture & Recreation
- Counselling Services
- Grievance Handling
- Facilities Booking