The Tertiary Education Council (TEC) has registered another institution to join the already existing tertiary schools in the country.
Damelin, which is a franchise from South Africa, had only received accreditation from the Botswana Training Authority (BOTA) for the past 8 years because they were only offering short term courses. However the institution is now a fully-fledged tertiary institution after meeting one of the TEC’s requirements, which is to have its own premises where it can operate from.
Addressing a press conference held on Monday concerning the institution, Damelin’s non-executive board member, Mothusi Moses, said that the school’s being registered by TEC is a step forward as it will now be able to provide courses from Diploma, High Diploma and Degree programs up to Masters Level.
“For the past 8 years, the BOTA accredited Damelin has enhanced quality of education by providing training, education, career paths and personal development for Batswana with a strong backing of internationally recognized bodies, such as the Institute of Commercial Management (I M) in the UK.
Moses said that since the institution is a franchise, the systems and procedures of Damelin Botswana will incorporate those from South Africa so as to maintain the standard because their counterparts have been tried and tested for the past 60 years. He further said that the institution to date has approximately 8000 students who have graduated and is looking to increasing the number with the opening of the school. He, however, said that there are currently 95 enrollments to the institution although it offers a capacity that can accommodate 500 students.
According to Moses, the accomplishment of the institution to be registered by TEC has encouraged Damelin Botswana to envision itself as a fully fledged university in the next 10 years.
Damelin Botswana has three faculties which are School of Accountancy, School of Management and School of Information Technology (IT) while its South African counterpart has nine faculties. The institution has not yet engaged with the relevant authorities to get government funded students but enrollments are currently ongoing at the institution