Archive for the ‘Palapye University’ Category

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
27-09-2010

Government has backtracked on a Presidential directive issued by President Ian Khama to scale down Botswana International University of Science and Technology.

The contents of the document had, however, been leaked to The Sunday Standard.

By Friday afternoon the Minister of Education was at pains to explain the circumstances surrounding the leaked document.

In an interview with The Sunday Standard she attributed the document to “mischief-making” before adding that there had been a “misunderstanding.”

She denied the President had sought to issue a directive.

“There is no way the President would issue a [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
19-09-2010

After recent reports that the Government was considering scaling down the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), fresh reports have surfaced that the university has lost the services of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration.)

It has also emerged that construction, which is currently ongoing in Palapye, is behind schedule, which may result in yet another postponement of the opening date.

Although the members of staff who passed information to The Sunday Standard indicated that Dr Julia Saurazas had serious differences with Vice Chancellor Kweku Bentil over key policy aspects, the university’s Director of Communications and Publicity said the departed academic could not keep up with the high demands of setting up an ambitious project such as [continue reading]

source: BOPA
11 January, 2010

GABORONE – There are no plans yet to utilise the teaching facilities at Oodi College of Applied Arts and Technology in the interim as the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) continues to build on its capacity in Palapye.

BIUST Director of Communications and Public Affairs said this reacting to rumours that there was a possibility that BIUST students nay be temporarily accommodated at the college as an interim measure while awaiting the completion of the university facilities.

Mr Shakie Kebaswele told BOPA that the plan is to open the university in 2011 and to have the first batch of students commence classes in August of that year.

He said the progress of the founding development construction structure was regularly being monitored on site and the contractor understands and appreciates the need to complete work on time to allow the university to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
15 December, 2009

PALAPYE – The Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST)s Vice Chancellor, Professor Kweku Bentil says recruitment of the teaching staff is a challenge to the university.

Professor Bentil said this at a press conference in Palapye last week.

Some of the challenges we face include the recruitment of lecturers and also of being behind the schedule in terms of the construction of the first phase of the campus.

Prof. Bentil indicated that recruiting professors was not a simple task due to the fact that there were no social amenities, schools and good hospitals in Palapye as the village was still developing.

Furthermore, he noted that BIUST would be encompassing the process of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
CHANDAPIWA BAPUTAKI
Staff Writer

PALAPYE: Construction of the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) is finally underway in Palapye.

The first phase of the development project, with an initial cost of P429 829 million is expected to be completed in the next 18 months.

Structures will include the administration and academic block, laboratories, library and auditorium, food court, multi purpose hall and 70 staff houses.

In a media briefing at the site this week, BIUST Vice Chancellor, Professor Kweku Bentil said the second phase of the project would be conducted through the Public Private Partnership.

He revealed that out of the eight consortiums which have [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Tlotlang Rahube
13.12.2009 7:35:06 P

The much anticipated Botswana International University of Science and Technology is scheduled to become a reality with its first intake in 2011.

The University is constructed on a 2500 hectares which the founding Vice Chancellor, Kweku Bentil, said the owners of the land were compensated.

BIUST Communications and Public Affairs director, Shakes Kebaswele, in his welcome remarks said they have undergone challenges, which turned out to be stepping stones to progress.
He said that people should not be mistaken that the university is for Palapye residents only.

“Every Motswana is entitled to it and should take pride in promoting it as a national university,” he said.

Kebaswele said the press briefing was meant to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Siki Motshwari Johannes
Correspondent

PALAPYE: Despite suffering a few initial setbacks, the construction of Botswana’s second university is on track, the site manager Chen Yu Qiang has said.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) (BIUST) was done in May this year. Chen said the project experienced a serous shortage of Chinese foremen, which delayed things by three months. Chinese Civil Construction, the company in charge of the project, had planned to engage the services of 45 Chinese foremen but so far only 16 have been recruited. Chen said if they are unable to get all the 45 Chinese foremen, they will resort to hiring locals.

However, the site manager was confident that [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
SciDev.Net (London)
Munyaradzi Makoni And Christina Scott
21 May 2009

Building started last month (April) on Botswana’s long-delayed specialist science and technology university. It is hoped the university will stop the ‘brain drain’ of students going to other countries to study.

Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), a public-private partnership, is under construction in the city of Palapye, 270 kilometres north of the capital, Gaborone.

The university will focus on engineering, mining, geology and basic sciences. John Cooke, the first and only geography lecturer at the University of Botswana when it opened in the early 1970s, has been appointed founding dean of the new university’s science faculty.

BIUST’s vice-chancellor Kweku Bentil, a civil engineer, told SciDev.Net that the first stage of the university includes laboratories and on-campus residences for 256 students and 70 staff. Registration for first-year students from across Africa is due to start in March 2011. Later plans include a research park.

“The government of Botswana spends millions of dollars each year to support approximately 7,000 Botswana students at [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Siki Motshwari Johannes
Correspondent

PALAPYE: The dream has been fulfilled at last. What remains is the hand over of the institution.

When the initial take-off of 2007 elapsed, some ‘Doubting Thomases’ were beginning to suspect that the project would never see the light of the day. Minister of Education and Skills Development, Jacob Nkate admitted that government was initially not aware of the magnitude of the project and that set date was both ambitious and unrealistic.

However, euphoria was written all over as Nkate, performed ground breaking ceremony paving the way for the construction of the long awaited Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) here in Palapye. All eyes are now on the contractor, China Civil Engineering Construction to deliver “an aesthetically appealing university on time, on schedule and on budget and road solid university,” said Minister Nkate.

He called on the contractor not to compromise quality. He underscored the importance that [continue reading]

source: BOPA
20 April, 2009

SEROWE – Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mr Jacob Nkate, says the construction of Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) comes after a lengthy nationwide process of consultation with Batswana.

He said the consultation process allowed the latter the opportunity to make an input and hence every citizen could call the project his or her own.

He further applauded the local communities for their approval and support for the initiative.

“I wish to extend my sincere thanks to Kgosi Sediegeng Kgamane, Kgosi Ntebele and other Dikgosi for their visionary leadership, contribution and support towards the success of this project,” he said.

He also acknowledged the families who allowed the exhumation and relocation of their dead relatives in order to give way to the development of the university, saying the sacrifices that these families made were priceless and were an indication that they were committed to the future of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
20 April, 2009

SEROWE – The first phase of the construction of the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) is expected to commence in two- weeks time.

Briefing the media before the groundbreaking ceremony, the founding Vice Chancellor, Professor Kweku Bentil said his team was ensuring that the first phase of the project was contemporary and addresses the entire essential needs of the staff and the students.

This phase encompasses, among others, the administration block, staff houses, laboratories, classrooms, halls of residence for the students, the auditorium and the bookstore.

Professor Bentil said this phase, would be wholly funded by the government.

He further stated that the process of soliciting private partners was ongoing and that so far eight partners have shown interest and they will be invited to submit their final proposals.

Professor Bentil said due to the magnitude of the project, the partners were a combination of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
14 April, 2009

PALAPYE – The construction of the long awaited second university, Botswana International University of Science and Technology situated in Palapye (BIUST) will finally start this month.

BIUST officials revealed this on Wednesday during the Serowe/Palapye Sub- District Development Committee meeting in Palapye.

Ms Eunice Mmono told the meeting that the ground breaking ceremony of BIUST will be done on April 16 by the Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mr Jacob Nkate.

She revealed that the construction tender has been warded to China Civil Construction and the company will start the construction immediately after the ground- breaking ceremony.

“China Civil Construction has won the construction tender of the first phase of BIUST, which is expected to last for 18 months.

“The company will commence construction immediately after the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
ISAIAH MOREWAGAE
Staff Writer

LOBATSE: The High Court in Lobatse has dismissed the case in which construction company, Stocks and Stocks is fighting over the P429 million tender for the construction of Botswana International University of Science and Technology in Palapye.

Yesterday, Justice Singh Walia ordered each party to bear its own costs for the application. Last week, Stocks and Stocks applied for an interdict against the bid winner, China Civil Engineering, the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB), and the Building and Engineering Services/Ministry of Education after losing the tender.

But Walia said Stocks and Stocks was properly disqualified for non-compliance with the requirements of the invitation to tender as regards registration to the subcontractor and the peremptory provisions of the law.

“I am unable to find that the first respondent (PPADB) decision was [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe
Staff Writer

The High Court in Lobatse is today expected to deliver judgement in a case in which Stocks $ Stocks is fighting over the P429 million tender for the construction of Botswana’s second university in Palapye.

The court case was heard by Justice Walia last week. Three interested parties are opposing the Stocks & Stocks’ application for interdict, namely the bid winner, China Civil Engineering, the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB), and the Building and Engineering Services/ministry of Education.

Stocks & Stocks are arguing that they were not informed that they lost the bid. They also argue that the evaluating committee did not consider each and every appendix they submitted before disqualifying it.

The applicants also argue that it is unreasonable adherence to fixed principle to require that bidders have their documents certified by the issuing authority and that disqualification for failure to do so is preference of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Bame Piet
Staff Writer

The first batch of 1,000 students at Botswana University of Science and Technology (BIUST) expected in March 2011, Vice Chancellor Professor Kweku Bentil has announced.

He made the announcement when addressing members of the Rotary Club in Gaborone on Friday. Bentil added that as the university grows it will accommodate 3,000 students and later 6,000 students and intakes will be done thrice in a year. He said that is international practice for universities worldwide.

He said that BIUST would be offering different courses from those being provided by the University of Botswana (UB). He said that the UB students who will be completing in 2011 would not relocate to BIUST as the UB Faculty of Engineering will not be relocating.

Apparently the Botswana College of Agriculture (BCA), which was also scheduled to relocate to Palapye, will no longer do so.
Bentil said that the [continue reading]