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We cant just train for formal employment Molefhi

ABM boss calls for more entrepreneurs

Mrs. Daisy Molefhi – ABM Executive Director has observed that Academic Institutions can no longer train for mainly formal employment but these institutions must raise entrepreneurs. She said ABM as an academic institution has stood for this over its last 26 years.


“ABM was established when I was 27 years old and it is clear testimony that young people can actually establish successful businesses that are not only sustainable but can significantly contribute to sustainable national development. We note that the likes of Face books were inventions of Facebook, Google and many other great initiatives were inventions by University students. I once more say to the grandaunts before you think of knocking at every door looking for employment knock at your brain to establish what you can do with the qualification you have received. Not everyone has the education that you have acquired over the last 4 years at ABM,” she said.

Molefhi said she is confident that these are versatile individuals whom have been groomed since first year to be leaders and embrace entrepreneurship. She was speaking at ABM University College graduation on Friday where a total of 270 graduates in the areas of Tourism Management, Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Business Management were celebrated this Friday at ABM University College.

The graduation was held in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University. ABM has been in partnership with Anglia Ruskin since 2012 and recently renewed theagreement and partnership. This year we have had our first cohort of ARU degree students at the Francistown campus and they are progressing well with their studies.


The theme of this year’s ceremony was “Sustainable Development through Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development”.


Elaborating on the theme, Molefhi said Entrepreneurship has been recognized as a major contributor towards sustainable development and “through our mode of delivery which encompasses a lot of Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development, ABM University College continues to produce graduates who will be better placed to promote and contribute towards sustainable development.”


She observed that the exposure of Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development course that will place ABM at a better competitive advantage amongst their peers.


“ABM’s mission is not only to raise entrepreneurs but to raise entrepreneurs whose personal leadership is beyond reproach. Thus when we speak of raising a generation of Entrepreneurs and business leaders we are actually talking about leaders. Today marks yet another day when we shall be presenting a crop of men and women who are ready to take on the world’s challenges,” she said.


She said an institution that aspires to be the University of Choice they continue to explore opportunities for growth, growth not only in levels of enrolment levels but growth in quality related issues and areas.


“In pursuit of this we do everything to ensure that we are informed of latest trends in this industry locally and internationally. We also strive to achieve international recognition. I am glad to say that in light of this ABM recently acquired membership to the Association of African Universities (AAU).  The apex body that brings together all African Universities and Colleges of repute. I must say as an institution we are very proud to have achieved this status, a true reflection of ABM‘s growth over the last 26 years of its existence,” she said.  


Molefhi said membership to this body opens doors to greater opportunities for both professional networking and academic growth.


“As ABM we have already started yielding benefits from this relationship. Tomorrow a Professor of Education Development Prof Pai Obanya will be arriving to facilitate ABM’s next five year strategic plan an exercise that will engage our Council and Management for the next 3weeks.Professor Obanya is one of the most respected leaders of education in Africa and one of the key resource persons for AAU. This is just one of the indicators of our commitment to our industry,” she said.


The ABM Executive Director observed that internationalization of education is a topical issue. “The debate being around the need to internationalize in all aspects including faculty through faculty exchange (In this regard some of our lecturers have been to Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and they periodically brings senior academic staff to ABM for both general exchange in academic related areas and mentoring, Dr. Bolton who is with us this morning has been here many times both here at our Gaborone campus and in Francistown to engage with our respective academic teams,” she explained.


Molefhi said the US Embassy recently selected their students though the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders. She stated that these are intensive academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. Institutes included a four week academic residency and a one week study tour to a different part of the country.


“Leadership sessions and community service activities, as well as getting to know American culture, are also integral components of the Institutes. This program focuses on democracy, citizenship, and civic activism. This morning’s graduation attests to ABM’s commitment to the philosophy of internationalization of education.”


According to Molefhi, the ABM students graduated with a UK degree that was taught within the African context, that also has a degree of contextualized content 4th year (Taxation module that was contextualized and Research projects on Tourism within the African context) as   curriculum content cannot just be imported wholesale but to the extent possible must be contextualized.

She urged the graduates to see their qualifications as an international passport to the global labour market. “You are global citizens and you have no reason to join the ques of unemployment in the local or Botswana labour market. We have equipped you with an international qualification therefore let the world be your labour market.”


Focusing a bit on the ABM story, Molefhi said it cannot be complete without touching on its philosophy of raising a generation of prosperous entrepreneurs and business leaders. Entrepreneurship development is thus an area that can no longer be ignored.


Also in attendance were ABM Chairperson Mr. Gobona Tobedza, ABM Academic Committee of Council Chairperson Dr. Ontiretse Tau, ABM council members, Anglia Ruskin University Pro Vice Chancellor (Partnerships) Dr. Trevor Bolton, ABM Alumni,  parents and other guests.

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