Assistant Minister of Education, Mr. Aubrey Lesaso has urged fresh graduates of the University of Botswana (UB) 2023 to drive the nation towards an innovative and sustainable development.
Emphasizing the need for a mindset shift, Mr. Lesaso highlighted the significance of molding the country’s socio-economic fabric with an ethos of sustainability and equity.
“Your innovation and knowledge should culminate into tangible, commercially viable, and sustainable products,” he expressed.
Mr. Lesaso stressed the graduates’ role as future leaders, championing sustainability not as a mere pathway, but as a moral imperative.
He also hailed the UB’s research endeavors, particularly the science faculty’s groundbreaking vaccine research in collaboration with the Botswana Vaccine Institute to combat Foot and Mouth Disease and lumpy skin disease, reinforcing the beef industry’s sustainability.
In response, UB Vice Chancellor, Professor David Norris, echoed the need for graduates to embrace innovation and entrepreneurship.
Encouraging the alumni to capitalize on the available support, he pointed to programs offered by the Citizen Entrepreneurship Development Agency and the Local Enterprise Authority.
Prof. Norris also highlighted the university’s business clinic and encouraged the graduates to remain engaged with the UB Alumni network, indicating the myriad of opportunities and resources at their disposal.