University of Botswana Vision & Mission

Vision, Mision and Values


To be a leading centre of academic excellence in Africa and the world.


To improve economic and social conditions for the Nation while advancing itself as a distinctively African university with a regional and international outlook.

Specifically the University will:

  • Provide excellence in the delivery of learning to ensure society is provided with talented, creative and confident graduates
  • Advance knowledge and understanding through excellence in research and its application
  • Improve economic and social development by high impact engagement with business, the professions, government and civil society


To achieve its vision and fulfil its mission the University of Botswana values the following:

Students, by creating a holistic environment which ensures that learning is their central focus and by establishing and developing a range of learning, social, cultural and recreational opportunities that will facilitate the full realisation of their potential for academic and personal growth

Academic Freedom, by upholding the spirit of free and critical thought and enquiry, through the tolerance of a diversity of beliefs and understanding, as well as the open exchange of ideas and knowledge

Academic Integrity expressed in creativity, objective analysis, experimentation, critical appraisal, independent thought, informed debate and intellectual honesty

Cultural Authenticity by ensuring that the diversity of Botswana’s indigenous values and cultural heritage forms an important part of the academic and organisational life of the institution

Internationalism through participation in the global world of scholarship, by being receptive and responsive to issues within the international environment as well as the recruitment of an international staff and student body

Social responsibility by promoting an awareness of, and providing leadership in responding to, the issues and problems facing society

Equity by ensuring equal opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of personal, ethnic, religious, gender or other social characteristics

Autonomy as an institution, that is, through its self-governing structures, independent in action while being responsive to societal needs

Public Accountability by ensuring transparent decision-making and open review as well as the full participation of stakeholders in the development of the institution;

Productivity through the setting and rewarding of high standards of performance underpinned by a dedication to quality, efficiency and effectiveness throughout the institution.