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Black Hills State University President Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., left, and Ravi Srinivasan, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director for Botho University in Botswana, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday, March 10. The MOU, which is the first for BHSU with an African country, will provide opportunities for educational collaboration and increased international relations between the two institutions. 

 

Black Hills State University gained a new international partner with a university in the Republic of Botswana this week, making it the first partnership with an African country.

BHSU and Botho University in the Republic of Botswana signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Tuesday, March 10, during a special ceremony in the Joy Alumni Welcome Center. Currently, BHSU has 15 MOUs with international institutions.

“This agreement says we will do what we can as collaborative partners to help each other excel on this international stage,” BHSU President Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr. said. “B-H is in the perfect position to have this kind of relationship with Botho University.”

Botho University is a private university and the largest university in Botswana. It is also the fastest-growing university in Africa. Botho University has three campuses in Botswana, located in Gaborone, Francistown and Maun. The University also has a campus in Lesotho, also a country in Africa. Botho University offers four major areas of study, including accounting and finance, business, computing, and education and continuing studies. Botswana has a population of just over 2 million and is known for its strong economy, diverse wildlife and culture.

Ravi Srinivasan, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director for Botho University spoke during the ceremony. Srinivasan, along with John Anand Gnanaprakasam, Dean of the Faculty of Computing, and Marang Mutuna, Associate Dean of the Office of External Relations, visited BHSU this week, touring the campus and community and meeting with faculty, staff and students.

“I thank Dr. Jackson for letting us be associated with Black Hills State University,” Srinivasan said. “We look forward to this partnership and look forward to strengthening this relationship. This is a win-win partnership for our universities.”

Srinivasan noted Botswana has one of the youngest populations in Africa and that those youth have a strong desire to get an education.

He added that Botho University, which offers many online courses, is particularly interested in collaborations with the business and education programs BHSU offers. BHSU’s business program is AACSB accredited, placing in the in the top 5 percent of business schools in the world. President Jackson said that Botho University’s strong computing program will allow increased learning opportunities for BHSU students.

“When I look at Botho University, I see two institutions that are strategically aligned to come together and play off one another in a very positive way,” Jackson said. “This will not only help Botho excel, but their strengths will help us excel in the international market.”