Reaching for the Stratosphere
In time, BA ISAGO established its second campus at Gaborone’s BBS Mall. This was in 2005. The Gaborone campus boosted its student enrolment to 300. In 2007, the Gaborone campus relocated to Commerce Park. This coincided with Government’s decision to start sponsoring students in home-grown private tertiary education institutions. This gesture by government was a shot in the arm for BA ISAGO, which saw its student population soar dramatically to 890. Thus far, BA ISAGO had operated in rented premises. Management now decided it was time the institution had its own structure. This became a reality in April 2012 when it moved to its own facility in Block 7. The construction of its own facility enabled it to more than treble the enrolment to a total of 3000 inclusive of the student population at its Francistown campus.
The Block 7 structure was to evolve in phases. Phase I is already complete. Phase II consists of a multipurpose hall with the capacity to accommodate 2000 people, a pavilion with ample space for about 200 students, a recreational facility, and a six storey building with office space, laboratories, lecture rooms and an auditorium. Phase II is already 60 percent complete. The total outlay is budgeted at P430 million.
When Phase II is complete, BA ISAGO will be able to enroll 5600 students in Gaborone alone and will have a staff complement of close to 400. BA ISAGO is also acquiring a 28-hectare plot at Gerald Estates, Francistown, where it intends to build itsown campus. Gabasiane fundamentally doffs his hat to Government for making it possible for private institutions of higher learning to thrive in the country. “The advent of home-grown, private tertiary education institutions has been of huge benefit to Batswana. We strive to produce students who can compete globally, yet have education grounded in the context ideal to Botswana. We appreciate our relationship with Government, which sponsors students to attend BA ISAGO University.”