Boitekanelo College aims for higher achievements
Boitekanelo College are determined to step up towards attaining university status as part of their growth strategy by next year.
Having started from humble beginnings with only 5 staff members in 2007, the health institution has beefed up its staff to 92 and the intake has grown from the initial 20 to over 2 500.
The institution’s Principal, Isabella Magetse says progress has been made so much that preparations are now underway for the official opening of their new campus in Tlokweng early next year.
“We operated in a very small office of about 3 rooms at some place behind Gaborone Secondary School.
There was also a small porter cabin,” she said.
Today the college prides itself with premises in Mogoditshane Block 9 and the soon to be opened Tlokweng campus together with a research centre where their lectures and students conduct research activities.
Since August this year, the College has been offering Degree programmes that include BA in Health Care Service Management and BSc in Occupational Health and Safety.
They have international students as well from Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Nigeria.
“We aim to have our own teaching hospital.
These are big dreams but that’s where we are headed,” Magetse said with pride.
The Voice Newspaper caught up with the Principal at their new campus in Mogoditshane Block 9 where there was buzz of life as the students were up and about their ways, chit chatting here and there.
At the main entrance, emergency personnel were busy getting the College ambulance ready for a CSR project in Molepolole the following day.
The growth of the institution has not just been exciting to the management and owners of the college but to the students as well.
According to Magetse, government has allowed for those that completed their certificate to further their studies to diploma level.
“The people who started this institution had a vision.
Their vision was to contribute to the Human Resource of this country especially in the health sector, being doctors themselves.
They realised that there was need for development in this sector,” she said.
When government started sponsoring students to local institutions in 2010, Magetse said they had to move to a bigger place, being Kopanyo House in the Station to accommodate a bigger student population.
Currently they operate from both the Kopanyo house and the new campus in Mogoditshane Block 9.
The Tlokweng campus is hoped to be ready by January 2014.
The Principal said they are motivated by the fact that their programmes are skills required by the market currently and that their students are well received.
The college also offers courses for professionals who want to upgrade.
They are also looking into introducing e-learning to help those that wish to upgrade through online correspondence.