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About BU Lesotho
Botho University was established in 1997 and has rapidly evolved over the years to become a leading multidisciplinary high-quality tertiary education provider. Botho University was one of the first local tertiary institutions in Botswana to be accredited by the Human Resources Development Council (HRDC). All programmes are approved by the Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) and the Council on Higher Education (CHE) in Lesotho. Botho University currently offers programmes through five faculties namely Faculty of Business & Accounting, Faculty of Computing, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Faculty of Health and Education and Faculty of Hospitality and Sustainable Tourism.
All our programmes have been developed with inputs from industry thus our graduates are ready to hit the ground running. We currently offer qualifications from certificate level to master’s degree level with plans in place for doctoral programmes to be rolled out very soon. With over 3500 students and almost 350 staff members and growing, Botho University is a dynamic and exciting place to be.
Botho University also offers a diverse range of programmes for in-service professionals and organizations. Under the Corporate Training Department, there are over 200 short-term professional development programmes, which can be customized to meet the client’s requirements. BU currently has 5 campuses, Gaborone & Francistown in Botswana, Maseru in Lesotho, Botho Higher Education Institution - Windhoek Namibia and the Blended & Distance Learning Campus (BDLC).
Botho Higher Education Institution has been established in Namibia by Botho University, Botswana as one of its international campuses. Hence, by virtue of this relationship, BHEI is affiliated to BU in terms of the agreement between the two entities.
BHEI operates from Ausspannplatz, Windhoek. In the initial stages BHEI offers four qualifications from BU, to be increased as the institution grows, and thereafter as the institution strengthens its presence in Namibia, it may offer own qualifications as per the needs of the country.
Botho University’s strategic focus is to increase student diversity by attracting international students. Apart from Botswana and Lesotho, we already have several students from other countries in the region such as South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia amongst others.
Botho University also has several partnerships with well-known regional and international institutions such as University of Venda-RSA, KTH Royal Institute of Technology-Sweden, Black Hills State University-USA, University of Louisville-USA, Indian School of Mines-India, Manipal University in India and recently World Tourism Forum Lucerne-Switzerland. Students studying with Botho University have an immense opportunity to take advantage of these international partnerships through student exchange programmes. BU students have had internship programmes in India, USA, UK and Sweden amongst others, thus giving them incredible international exposure.
Botho University firmly believes in providing its students with a superior learning environment. The University continually invests in excel
Studying in Lesotho
The Kingdom of Lesotho is an independent country, with a population of roughly 2 million people, which has the distinction of being surrounded by another country, the Republic of South Africa. It is one of the few remaining monarchies in Africa. The Lesotho Government is a parliamentary or constitutional monarchy.
Botho University Lesotho campus is in Maseru, which is the country’s capital and the largest city. The name ‘Lesotho’ loosely translates into “the land of the people who speak Sesotho.” The official languages of Lesotho are Sesotho and English. Sesotho is closely related to Setswana which is the most widely spoken & indigenous language in Botswana.
The local currency is the Lesotho loti, plural maloti (LSL). 1 USD = 13.25 LSL (approximately). Situated between 28 and 31 degrees south and between 27 and 30 degrees east, Lesotho lies entirely outside the tropics, at a considerable height above sea level, and is thus free of bilharzia and malaria. It has a land area of approximately 30, 555 km2, making it similar in size to Belgium or a little larger than the State of Maryland in the USA.
A land of mountains, Lesotho is the only country in the world which has all its land lying at altitudes more than 1500m above sealevel; it is a land of heights and extremes. The highest mountain in Southern Africa, ThabanaNtlenyana, is in Lesotho, with a height of 3, 482m, while the highest single drop falls in Southern Africa, Maletsunyane, is also found there, with a height of 192m. Finally, Lesotho also has the highest abseiling cliff in the world at 204m.
Often referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa”, it is blessed with a beautiful, often snow-capped range of mountains, the Maloti. The Kingdom’s central position in the heart of Africa’s second largest economy, South Africa, which means residents are well served by air, rail, and road links. Lesotho is only one hour by air or four hours by road from South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg.