BOTHO University has urged its first-year students to refrain from abusing the freedom which comes with being university students by engaging in harmful behaviour which could negatively affect their studies.
This was said by Botho University Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Peter Mbati, at a recent ceremony to officially welcome first year students.
The ceremony which was attended by the students, their parents, university staff and other stakeholders, was held at the CRC Church in Katlehong in Maseru on Friday.
Mr Mbati called on the new students to behave responsibly and cultivate useful habits which included regularly attending lectures and avoiding plagiarism.
“Botho has qualified staff which will guide you along the way but the work starts with you,” Mr Mbati said.
“We do not want any dropouts so please employ good study habits and attend all classes as no one will force you to do so. Read to understand and interpret what you learned and never copy your findings from the internet to submit as assignments.
“You have the greatest potential to be the best in your career path but believing in yourself is not enough, you need to work hard,” Mr Mbati added.
His sentiments were echoed by the keynote speaker, Tokiso Nthebe, who urged the new students to work hard and live up to Botho’s vision to be the “centre of excellence, innovation and leadership”.
“We are what we repeatedly do. We cannot forge excellence but it will come as a result of our habits. Strive to excel in everything you do. Never limit yourself. Never be apologetic for following your dreams. Invest quality time in your studies.
“As first year students you should understand the importance of aspiring for excellence. Tertiary life is far different from your previous educational journey. There is too much freedom at your disposal and no one will ever ask you why you missed a lecture. You have to take responsibility of your life.
“Maseru is has so many night clubs but do not be misled by the excessive freedom to party from Friday till Sunday. Do not bunk classes to go for drinks but you must learn to balance your social life with school work,” Mr Nthebe said.
Botho University started operating in Botswana in 1997 and opened its Lesotho branch in 2015.
Botho University’s other Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Lucky Moahi, hailed the growth of the Lesotho campus, saying it had grown to more than 1100 learners from the 21 students at its inception.
He also said that it was their aim to expand to other countries as part of efforts to ensure quality education in an ‘increasingly globalised village’.
“Botho’s interest is to establish a global community through international campuses. We started with four programmes in Lesotho but this year we have added three more which include professional accounting.
“Another campus is under construction in Namibia as the aim is to create a global village for our students to be able to interact. Our fervent hope is that we will grow to contribute to Lesotho’s human resource development and economic growth,” Mr Moahi said.