Botswana’s first private university, the Malaysian-owned Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, has become the country’s first fully licensed private tertiary institution, after seven years of operating under an interim licence.
Vice-chancellor Dr Raphael Dingalo said staff and students were upbeat about the development, announced early last month – just before the graduation of more than 900 students, from several African countries.
“We are the first and only private tertiary institution in Botswana at present to be awarded the full university licence,” said Dingalo.
Other private institutions are still operating on interim licences, including New Era College of Arts, Science and Technology, Assembly Bible College, Kgolagano College of Theological Education, Boitekanelo College, Management College of Southern Africa, Gaborone Universal College of Law, and Imperial School of Business and Science.
Limkokwing Botswana authorities believe the licence will underpin the institution’s goal of being a centre of creativity and innovation in Botswana, where the government is working to diversity a currently mineral- and tourism-based economy.