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Botswana Invests In Science Education


Building has started 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 and never to return, but rather recruit skilled labour from other African countries.
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. Building finally started last month, after a long delay.


Building has started 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 and never to return, but rather recruit skilled labour from other African countries.
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. Building finally started last month, after a long delay.
The university is to 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.


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